Renee Asherson

  1. Barbara Murray, Doctor Who: 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 Asherson, Jean Anderson, Honor Blackman, Claire Bloom, Faith Brook, Kathleen Byron, Rachel  Kempson (Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave’s mother), Virginia McKenna, Muriel Pavlow, Maria Redmond, Dinah Sheridan, Elizabeth Spriggs… and 40s’ UK screen queens Phyllis Calvert and Joan Greenwood. But also two comic character stars, Beryl Reid and Joan (Carry On) Sims and a Hammer horror icon, Barbara Shelley!

 Birth year: 1915Death year: 2014Other name: Casting Calls:  1