Elizabeth Shepherd

  1. Diana Rigg, The Avengers, TV, 1965-1968.    For some odd reason Liz was not screentested before being made John Steed’s new spy-fi cohort, MrsEmma Peel. “That wasn’t my decision,” writer-producer Brian Clemens told journo-blogger John Fleming. “That was Julian Wintle’s choice because he was executive producer. Liz Shepherd was undeniably very beautiful and it wasn’t until we did one and a half episodes… she just doesn’t have a sense of humour at all.And thatwas essential in The Avengers. So we scrapped what we’d shot and got rid of her and then tested -which is what we should have done in the first place – and Diana was head and shoulders above everybody else.”

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