Janet Henfrey

  1. Susan Woolridge, Dead Man’s Folly, TV, 1986.  UK film-maker Clive Donner saw Henfrey for Miss Amanda Brewis in Peter Ustinov’s fourth of six outings as Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot.  As I write this. November 2019, , Henfrey is awaiting her 100th screen role.
  2. 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 Linda Baron, Jill Bennett, Isla Blair, Brenda Bruce, Adrienne Corri, Sheila Hancock, Janet Henfrey, Rosemary Leach, Jean Marsh, Sian Phillips, Dinah Sheridan, Elizabeth Spriggs, Wanda Ventham, Fiona Walker. The winner was, inexplicably, Sims. She didn’t enjoy it one bit. So she did not… carry on. Henfrey was Miss Hardaker in Doc7 Sylvester McCoy’s #154:  The Curse of Fenric, 1989, and Mrs Pitt with Doc12 Peter Capaldi in #249: Mummy on the Orient Express, 2014.

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