A brief Who's Who of The
Avengers Stage Show...
born in London's Canning Town in 1932. After a short time in
Drama School, Simon made his acting debut in repertory theatre
in Chesterfield. High profile roles in theatre, TV and film
followed. He is best known for his role as Dr. John Ridge in the
BBC's Doomwatch. Simon passed away on 20th May 2009.
familiar face on British television screens since the Sixties,
when she played Cordelia Winfield, the sidekick of The Baron,
a thriller series made by ITC. Sue also played in The
Avengers, Crossroads and His and Hers on
television and had significant roles in films such as The
actress Kate O'Mara is British television's archetypal bad girl.
Known for her strong, feisty and often bitchy characters, Kate
has tripped the light fantastic in the American soap, Dynasty,
starred in Triangle, Howard's Way and The
Brothers and has enjoyed a long career in stage and film.
(Carruthers of MI5)
who enjoyed his greatest success as a writer. Born in 1932,
Lloyd was a familiar face in the Sixties, appearing in shows
like The Avengers and Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
Later he and David Croft created and wrote many of British TV's
most popular comedies, including Are You Being Served?.
character actor, director and writer, born in Highgate, North
London, in 1915. Regularly cast as authority figures, often
likeable and bungling, Anthony Sharp was seen in television
programmes as diverse as Barnaby Rudge, The New
Avengers and alternative comedy, The Young Ones.
Anthony died in 1984.
John F. Landry
actor born in Nairobi, Kenya. John Francois Landry has been in
the business since the early Sixties and has appeared in major
television series including Coronation Street, Public
Eye, The Sandbaggers, Minder and Boon.
He is probably best known as Turtle in the comedy series,
Turtle's Progress (1979-80).
a stage actor, Tim Buckland appeared in four episodes Ray Galton
and Alan Simpson's classic BBC comedy, Steptoe and Son, between
1965 and 1970. He played in several other series including two
guest roles in the popular 1960s Associated-Rediffusion
thriller, No Hiding Place.
(Chummers of MI5)
familiar to British TV audiences since the late Sixties. Paul
was a long-time collaborator of the wry Irish comic, Dave Allen
and held a regular role in Ronnie Barker's classic comedy,
Porridge. Paul has also featured in The Black Adder,
Tales of the Unexpected and The Two of Us and many
(Air Marshall Striker)
Brighton, East Sussex in 1917, Derek Tansley made his
professional stage debut at the age of nineteen. Derek featured
in British TV's first ever science fiction production, an
adaptation of Carel Kapek's R.U.R., for the BBC in 1948.
Other roles include Mystery and Imagination, Mr. Rose
(Parsons of MI5)
British actor, most successful during the Seventies, when he
appeared as Chief Inspector Logie in the BBC police series,
Z-Cars. In 1975, he gave his best remembered performance, as
Noah, the tragic human host of the parasitic Wirrn in the
classic Doctor Who story, The Ark in Space.
actress who worked mainly in the theatre. Her television work
includes the notoriously cardboard Midlands soap opera,
Crossroads, in which she played Mrs. Hammond, The Flame
Trees of Thika, alongside Hayley Mills and Ben Cross in 1981
and Oedipus The King, some three years later.
(James, Steed's Butler)
Another actress with the Midlands soap, Crossroads
on her resumé. Julie appeared alongside Simon Oates in a 1972
episode of Doomwatch and had a major role in Terry
Nation's Survivors, playing the ill-fated Wendy in the
show's first year. She also appeared regularly in Family
Affairs and Brookside.
Wendy Hall made many television and stage appearances in the
Sixties and early Seventies. Wendy had a regular role in the
first series of Doomwatch, as Pat Hunisett, alongside
Simon Oates. Previously she had appeared in Man in a Suitcase,
Z Cars and Sexton Blake with Laurence Payne.
Born in 1954,
Gail is probably best known for her role as travel courier,
Moira Plunkett in the comedy Carry On Abroad (1972). Her
time with The Avengers stage play lead to her working
again with director, Leslie Phillips on stage in The Man Most
Likely To... and on television in the sitcom, Casanova
Liverpool-born television and film scriptwriter turned novelist.
Feely contributed scripts to the first year of The Avengers,
having previously written for the series it replaced, Police
Surgeon. Feely was heavily involved in Callan, The
Prisoner and many popular ITC series. He died in 2000, aged
One of the
most prolific and successful television writers, Brian Clemens
was born in Croydon, South London in 1931. He had a hand in
creating The Avengers, wrote and produced many episodes,
had his own Thriller series in the 1970s and has produced
more successful television than most of us have watched!
Born in 1924
in Tottenham, North London, Leslie Phillips is one of Britain's
most celebrated veteran actors. He made his name in a series of
caddish, quintessentially English comedic roles in film and
television and has excelled in serious drama in his later years.
John C. Mather
writer and producer, John Chartres Mather was the driving force
behind bringing The Avengers to the stage. Two decades
earlier in 1951, he was responsible for another outstanding
coup, luring horror legend Bela Lugosi to star in his touring
stage production of Dracula.
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