Moira Redmond

  1. Diana Rigg, The Avengers
    , TV, 1965-1968.        Elizabeth Shepherd was the first Mrs Emma Peel. But she had, for some stupid reason, not been screentested and after one a half episodes, she proved to have no sense of humour – essential for any Avenger. Potential successors were more fully tested. Moira, the ex-Windmill girl of the 1940s, would have also made a great foil for Patrick Macnee’s Steed.
  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 Redmond, Jean Anderson, Renee Asherson, Honor Blackman, Claire Bloom, Faith Brook, Kathleen Byron, Rachel  Kempson (mother of Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave), Virginia McKenna, Muriel Pavlow, 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 a Hammer horror icon, Barbara Shelley!

 Birth year: 1928Death year: 2006Other name: Casting Calls:  2