Diana Weston

  1. Joanna Lumley, The New Avengers, TV, 1976-1977. “I really had to fight just to get an audition,” said Lumley. “They just refused to see me!” Wanting more of spy-fi hero John Steed & Whoever, France and later Canada put £4m into a (short-lived) three-hander reboot of the TV classic. Patrick Macnee’s creaking Steed was now assisted by a younger guy and girl named (by Lumley) after the Purdey shotgun. Writer-producer Brian Clemens claimed he “seriously considered 700 girls, interviewed 200, read scripts with 40 and screentested 15” – including Diana, Sarah Douglas, Gabrielle Drake, Prunella Gee, Lisa Harrow, Barbara Kellerman, Rula Lenska, Diane Quick, Carolyn Seymour. In 1978, Clemens gave the Canadian Weston three guest shots in his next series, The Professionals, starring one of the guys up for Steed’s new aide: Lewis Collins.

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