Christine Glanville

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Christine Glanville (28 October 1924 – 1 March 1999) was an English puppeteer who spent much of her professional life contributing to television series produced by Gerry Anderson. She was born Nancy Christine Fletcher in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and moved to London during her early childhood. She became involved in the film industry in war service at Elstree Studios and studied art during her free time. After the Second World War she joined a puppet theatre company with which her parents were connected, Ebor Marionettes.[1]

Glanville joined AP Films in 1957 and worked on all its series, as well as the later Supermarionation presentations of Anderson's Century 21 Productions. She worked closely with fellow puppeteer Mary Turner. In addition to her primary role of lead puppet operator, Glanville was also often responsible for the design and construction of the puppets themselves; for Thunderbirds (1965–66), she sculpted the marionettes of Scott Tracy, Alan Tracy, and Tin-Tin Kyrano. The likeness of Mrs Appleby, a supporting character that appeared in The Secret Service (1969), was based on Glanville's mother. Others she created included Masterspy and his sidekick Zarin for (Supercar), Venus (Fireball XL5) Titan plus his sidekick Agent X20 and Atlanta Shore (Stingray) as well as the Angels excluding Destiny and also created Captain Black in Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons.[1]

Glanville worked in puppetry and lived in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, until her death on 1 March 1999 at the age of 74.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Felix, Geoff (3 April 1999), "Obituary:Christine Glanville",, retrieved 23 January 2013  Missing or empty |title= (help)