Jean Marsh Biography (1934-)

Full name, Jean Lyndsey Torren Marsh; born July 1, 1934, in London, England;daughter of Henry Charles John (a printer's assistant and outdoor maintenanceperson) and Emmeline Susannah Nightingale Poppy (a dresser for the theatre and bar employee; maiden name, Bexley) Marsh; married Jon Devon Roland Pertwee(an actor, as Jon Pertwee), April 2, 1955 (divorced, 1960). Addresses: Agent: Fifi Oscard Agency, Inc., 24 West 40th St., New York, NY 10018-3904.

Actress, writer
Birth Details
July 1, 1934
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Girlfriend, The Informer, syndicated, 1966-1967
  • Rose Buck, Upstairs, Downstairs, LWT (England), 1971-1975, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1974-1977
  • Roz Keith, 9 to 5, ABC, 1982-1983
  • Mrs. Tindel, No Strings, YTV (England), 1989
  • Host, The House of Eliott, BBC (England), 1991-1994, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Matron of psychiatric ward 11, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, BBC,1994
  • Culex, a recurring role, The Tomorrow People, ITV (England), 1994
  • Also appeared as Mrs. Croker in the series Ghosthunter, BBC.
  • Miniseries
  • Dr. Goldman, Goliath Awaits, syndicated, 1981
  • Mrs. Talley, Master of the Game, CBS, 1984
  • Lisbeth Bede, "Adam Bede," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1992
  • Host, Brides of Christ, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • The Ring (also known as Danielle Steel's "The Ring"), NBC,1996
  • Movies
  • Ata, "The Moon and Sixpence," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1959
  • Adrienne, "The Horsemasters," Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, NBC, 1961
  • Cross Examine (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: Cross Examine), BBC (England), 1968
  • Bertha Rochester, Jane Eyre, NBC, 1971
  • Madeleine Walsh, Skin Deep (also known as Play for Today: SkinDeep), BBC, 1971
  • Mazzere, The Corsican Brothers (also known as Vendetta), CBS, 1985
  • Eliza, Act of Will, [England], 1989
  • Miss Hunter, Danny, the Champion of the World, The Disney Channel,1989
  • Morgana, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, NBC, 1989
  • Barbara, Bejewelled, The Disney Channel, 1991
  • Anna Von Hagen, Fatherland, HBO, 1994
  • Thyrza Grey, The Pale Horse (also known as Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Furmity woman, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Arts and Entertainment,2003
  • Specials
  • "Back to Back," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1959
  • Peggy Mann, Heart to Heart, BBC (England), 1962
  • The Grover Monster/Jean Marsh Cartoon Special, PBS, 1975
  • Host, The International Animation Festival, PBS, 1975
  • Mad about the Boy: Noel Coward--A Celebration, CBS, 1976
  • A State Dinner with Queen Elizabeth II, PBS, 1976
  • Presenter, The 33rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1979
  • "Twelfth Night," BBC Television Shakespeare, BBC-2 (England), 1980
  • Circus of the Stars #7, CBS, 1982
  • Masterpiece Theatre: Fifteen Years, PBS, 1986
  • Sesame Street Special (also known as Put Down the Duckie),PBS, 1988
  • Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special, PBS,1991
  • Herself, Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered: 25th Anniversary, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • After Upstairs Downstairs, ITV (England), 2002
  • Also appeared in On the Rocks Theatre, Pygmalion, and Uncle Vanya.
  • Episodic
  • "What Makes Opera Grand?," Omnibus, NBC, 1958
  • Alicia, "The Lonely," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1959
  • Helene, "The Angry Young Man," The Third Man, BBC (England), 1959
  • Kim Russell, "Name, Date and Place," Danger Man, ITV (England), 1961
  • Maria, "The Good Medicine," The Saint, NBC, 1964
  • Helen Phillips, "The Imprudent Politician," The Saint, NBC, 1964
  • Princess Joanna, "The Crusades," Doctor Who (also known as Dr.Who), BBC, 1965
  • Sara Kingdom, "Dalek's Master Plan," Doctor Who (also known as Dr. Who), BBC, 1965
  • Sandra Casey, "A Perfect Crime," Gideon's Way, ITC (England), 1965
  • "The Sound of Distant Guns," Blackmail, ITV, 1965
  • Lady Lydia, "Face in a Mirror," Adam Adamant Lives!, BBC, 1967
  • Catherine Faulkner, "The War Lord," I Spy, NBC, 1967
  • Ann, "Escape Route," The Saint, NBC, 1967
  • Anne Kirby, "The Scales of Justice," The Saint, NBC, 1968
  • Agatha, "The Perfect Operation," Department S, ITV, 1969
  • Janna Wade, "Exposed," UFO, ITV, 1971
  • Nicola, "Five Miles to Midnight," The Persuaders!, ABC, 1972
  • Mrs. Vanrenen, "The Looking of the Specie Room," The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, 1973
  • "The Hiding Place," The Waltons, CBS, 1977
  • Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1977
  • "Glorious Romantics," Anyone for Tennyson?, PBS, 1978
  • Sister Harmony, "The Miracle Man," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1978
  • "Image of Fear," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1979
  • Claire, "Earthquake," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981
  • "The Emperor's Fortune," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • Joan Matlin, "Answer Me," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1984
  • Morgaine, "Battlefield," Doctor Who (also known as Dr. Who), BBC, 1989
  • Glenda Highsmith, "Murder in White," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993
  • Lady Tibbit, "End Game," Kavanagh QC, ITV, 1995
  • Mrs. Matthews, "Guilt," Dangerfield, BBC, 1997
  • Vera Engells, "Pills and Frills," Holby City, BBC, 2002
  • Liz, "Today's the Day," Doctors, BBC, 2003
  • Also appeared as Katariva in an episode of Doctor Who (also knownas Dr. Who), BBC.
  • Other
  • Margo Robertson, Danger Zone, 1963
  • What's in It for Me, 1969
  • Sally Hackman, Momma the Detective (pilot; also known as Chinaand Die), NBC, 1981
  • Appeared in Carlton Lives and The Rory Bremner Show.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Associate creator, Upstairs, Downstairs, LWT (England), 1971-1975,broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1974-1977
  • Associate creator, The House of Eliott, BBC (England), 1991-1994,Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Film Appearances
  • The Tales of Hoffmann, Lopert, 1951
  • Landlady's daughter, The Limping Man, Lippert, 1953
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (also known as The Widow and theGigolo), 1961
  • (Uncredited) Octavia, Cleopatra, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1963
  • (Uncredited) Face of a Stranger (also known as Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Face of a Stranger), Allied Artists, 1964
  • Miss Ballard, Unearthly Stranger (also known as Beyond the Stars), American International Pictures, 1964
  • Dilys, The Limbo Line, London Independent Producers, 1969
  • Monica Barling, Frenzy, Universal, 1972
  • Victoria Derr, Dark Places, Cinerama, 1974
  • Joanna Grey, The Eagle Has Landed, Columbia, 1977
  • Joanna Russell, The Changeling (also known as L'enfant du diable), Associated Film Distributors, 1980
  • Nurse Wilson and Princess Mombi, Return to Oz (also known as The Adventures of the Devil from the Sky and Oz), Buena Vista, 1985
  • Queen Bavmorda, Willow, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Monarch, Hourglass Productions/Walsh Bros., 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • Understudy, Look Back in Anger, Ford's Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1958, then Geary Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1959
  • (Broadway debut) Hero, Much Ado about Nothing, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Constance Wicksteed, Habeas Corpus, Martin Beck Theatre, New YorkCity, 1975-1976
  • Travesties, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1977
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Mark Taper Forum, 1977
  • Susan Simkins, Too True to Be Good, Academy Festival Theatre, LakeForest, IL, 1977
  • My Fat Friend, 1979
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Broadway production, 1979
  • Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion, Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, RI, 1983
  • Guest narrator, Let Us Go Then, You and I, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, London, 1987
  • The Chalk Garden, 1992
  • Appeared as Olivia, Twelfth Night, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England; appeared as a principal dancer in Where's Charley?; also appeared in Blithe Spirit, Hamlet, and Uncle Vanya; appeared in various other productions in London.
  • Major Tours
  • Understudy, Look Back in Anger, U.S. cities, 1958
  • Susan Simkins, Too True to Be Good, U.S. cities, 1977
  • Videos
  • Herself, Pan Frying--The Omelette, Hemisphere Productions/Time-Life Video, 1980
  • Taped Readings
  • Witches, 1995
  • Narrator, London Walks, by Anton Powell, Sound Travel, 1997
  • Novels
  • Love in Hazard, Linford, 1993
  • Shades of Aphrodite, Linford, 1994
  • The House of Eliott, St. Martin's Press, 1994
  • Fiennders Keepers, St. Martin's Press, 1997
  • Iris, St. Martin's Press, 1999
  • Other
  • (Author of text) Kate Greenaway, The Illuminated Language of Flowers, Macdonald & Jane's, 1978
  • Also writer for the radio program Bleak House, BBC (England).

Further Reference


  • Marsh's appearance as Princess Joanna in an episode of the television series Doctor Who was included in the compilation video Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years, 1991; her appearance as Sara Kingdom in a later episodewas included in the video Doctor Who: Daleks--The Early Years, 1993.
    • Booklist, May 15, 1995, p. 1664; May 1, 1997, p. 1480
    • Publishers Weekly, April 7, 1997, p. 76

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