Marsh, Jean 1934–

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MARSH, Jean 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 maintenance person) 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). Education: Attended a theatre school; studied dance, piano, voice, and mime, and took private speech lessons. Avocational Interests: Reading, listening to music, cooking, eating, walking, crosscountry skiing, and wine.

Addresses: Agent Fifi Oscard Agency, Inc., 24 West 40th St., New York, NY 100183904.

Career: Actress and writer. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, artistic director for university theatre, 1981; actress with Yorkshire repertory companies. Also worked as a cabaret singer, dancer, and photographer's model.

Awards, Honors: Named most outstanding new actress, 1972, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1974, 1976, and Golden Globe Award nominations, best actress in a television drama, 1975, 1977, all for Upstairs, Downstairs; Annual CableACE Award, best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries, National Cable Television Association, 1995, for Fatherland; honorary D.H.L., Marymount College.


Television Appearances; Series:

Girlfriend, The Informer, syndicated, 19661967.

Rose Buck, Upstairs, Downstairs, LWT (England), 19711975, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 19741977.

Roz Keith, 9to5, ABC, 19821983.

Mrs. Tindel, No Strings, YTV (England), 1989.

Host, The House of Eliott, BBC (England), 19911994, 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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 ThirtyMinute Theatre: Cross Examine ), BBC (England), 1968.

Bertha Rochester, Jane Eyre, NBC, 1971.

Madeleine Walsh, Skin Deep (also known as Play for Today: Skin Deep ), 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.

Television Appearances; 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 CowardA 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, BBC2 (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.

Television Appearances; 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 Five0, CBS, 1978.

"Image of Fear," Hawaii Five0, 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 known as Dr. Who ), BBC.

Television Appearances; Other:

Margo Robertson, Danger Zone, 1963.

What's in It for Me, 1969.

Sally Hackman, Momma the Detective (pilot; also known as China and Die ), NBC, 1981.

Appeared in Carlton Lives and The Rory Bremner Show.

Television Work; Series:

Associate creator, Upstairs, Downstairs, LWT (England), 19711975, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 19741977.

Associate creator, The House of Eliott, BBC (England), 19911994, 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 the Gigolo ), 1961.

(Uncredited) Octavia, Cleopatra, Twentieth CenturyFox, 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, MetroGoldwynMayer/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, LuntFontanne Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Constance Wicksteed, Habeas Corpus, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 19751976.

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, Lake Forest, 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 TheatreHammersmith, 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.



Herself, Pan FryingThe Omelette, Hemisphere Productions/TimeLife Video, 1980.

Taped Readings:

Witches, 1995.

Narrator, London Walks, by Anton Powell, Sound Travel, 1997.



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.


(Author of text) Kate Greenaway, The Illuminated Language of Flowers, Macdonald & Jane's, 1978.

Also writer for the radio program Bleak House, BBC (England).


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 episode was included in the video Doctor Who: DaleksThe Early Years, 1993.



Booklist, May 15, 1995, p. 1664; May 1, 1997, p. 1480.

Publishers Weekly, April 7, 1997, p. 76.