|Born||Barbara T. Kowin
13 February 1932
Marylebone, London, England
|Other names||Barbara Kowin also known as "The First Leading Lady of British Horror"|
Barbara Shelley (born 13 February 1932) is an English film and television actress.
She is now retired, but was at her busiest in the late 1950s (Blood of the Vampire) and 1960s when she became Hammer Horror's number one female star, with The Gorgon (1964), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967) among her credits. Although she is known as a scream queen, in fact her most famous scream (in the aforementioned Dracula film) was dubbed by co-star Suzan Farmer.
She also appeared in Village of the Damned (1960), the very first Danger Man episode 'View From A Villa' (1960), Blake's 7 episode 'Stardrive' (1981), and in the Doctor Who serial Planet of Fire (1984).
- Totò, Peppino and the outlaws (1956)
- Cat Girl (1957)
- The End of the Line (1957)
- The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
- Bobbikins (1959)
- Shadow of the Cat (1961)
- Postman's Knock (1962)
- Blind Corner (1963)
- The Secret of Blood Island (1964)
- Quatermass and the Pit (1967); US title "Five Million Years to Earth" (1968)
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