Brenda Bruce

  1. Joan Sims, Doctor Who #143: The Trial of a Time Lord, TV, 1986.      When Joan Sims is competing with Sylvia Syms… not to mention Ingrid Pitt, Beryl Reid versus Honor Blackman, Billie Whitelaw… you realise a certain desperation has entered the casting process. Indeed, never had so many women – 20 – been flagpoled for one part… The other Katryca contenders were Bru e,  Baron, Jill Bennett, Isla Blair, , Adrienne Corri, Sheila Hancock, Janet Henfrey, Rosemary Leach, Jean Marsh, Sian Phillips, Dinah Sheridan, Elizabeth Spriggs, Wanda Ventham (mother of Benedict Cumberbatch), Fiona Walker. The winner was, inexplicably, Sims. She didn’t enjoy it one bit. So she did not… carry on.   

    (I caught Brenda  on stage in  the title role  of pre-West run of  Woman in a Dressing Gown, a stage play version of the original Ted Willis TV play and UK film  – at the Bournemouth pPviilion in 1963.  Yvonne Mitchell won  movie).

 Birth year: 1919Death year: 1996Other name: Casting Calls:  1