Kathleen Byron

  1. Deborah Kerr, Quo Vadis, 1950.       Director John Huston selected Gregory Peck for Marcus Vinicius and ustion chose Gregopry Peck for Marcus Vinicius and Elizabeth Taylor for Lygia. When Peck’s eye infection delayed shooting, the Lygia substitutes included Audrey Hepburn, Janet Leigh. And Byron, one of UK director Michael Powell’s favourite actresses (“enchantingly grave… a dreamy voice and great eyes like a lynx”)… and co-star of Deborah, his greater favourite (and lover), in Powell’s “almost perfect film,” Black Narcissus, 1947. 
  2. Barbara Murray, Doctor Who #120: Black Orchid, TV, 1982.       Despite a wish-list of 18 actresses, this was not a rehash of Sophia Loren’s 1958 Hollywood melo, but an adventure (with cricket!) in 1925 England for Doc5 Peter Davison. The choices for Lady Cranleigh were inevitable – such definitive ladies as Byron, Jean Anderson, Renee Asherson, Honor Blackman, Claire Bloom, Faith Brook,Brand nRachel  Kempson (mother of Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave),Virginia McKenna, Muriel Pavlow, Maria Redmond, Dinah Sheridan, Elizabeth Spriggs… and 40s’ UK screen queens Phyllis Calvert, Joan Greenwood. But also two comic character stars Beryl Reid and Joan (Carry On) Sims and one Hammer horror ikon, Barbara Shelley!

 Birth year: 1921Death year: 2009Other name: Casting Calls:  2