I was born ten minutes after my paternal twin sister,Geraldine, at home in Hampstead, London in 1943. My father was a clerk in the Army and my mother took us and our brother to the country in Waterford, Ireland to where she grew up until the war was over. We returned in 1946 to Hampstead where I still live.
I was training to be a school teacher when I met my first husband, Tom Kempinski, who was an actor with the National Theatre at the time. He convinced me that I could be an actress. I loved dancing and the theatre. Both my parents were musical. My sister and I were encouraged to entertain at family gatherings We produced a play for our schoolfriends when we were 10 yrs.old.
As many had done before me,I started by getting work as a model and it
wasn't long before my picture was shown to the producer of 'The Saint'
who gave me the role of 'Daisy'in the first series. This was the first
of many different parts and for several years I worked for BBC TV in
numerous soaps, plays, series and comedy shows. I was a regular in five
series with Spike Milligan.
It was Oscar Lewenstien who, having seen me at The Ambiance Theatre gave me my first West End play 'The Giveaway' by Anne Jellicoe, directed by Richard Eyre in 1969. I appeared in several Brian Rix farces on stage and TV. One of these was'She's Done it Again' in which I played the juvenile lead for 9 months at The Garrick Theatre in the West End ; at the same time I was working with Roland Reese and Patrick Dromgoole at The Ambiance Theatre in Queensway doing some of the most innovative fringe theatre and a season of American political drama. My husband was working with Peter Brook in Paris during the 'uprising' of '68 ; in fact we were both appearing in 'cutting edge' theatre at this culturally rich period. Television drama was pretty 'hot' at the time also and I was lucky enough to be involved in some of it eg The Wednesday Play, Armchair Theatre and 30 Minute Theatre, the latter went out 'live' as did some of the series I appeared in! Then followed leading parts in 'Fox' with Peter Vaughn, "Black & Blue - Middle of the Road Show" with Anthony Hopkins .and 'Knife Edge' for Granada TV. I retired soon after this .