Gabrielle Drake

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Gabrielle Drake
Born (1944-03-30) 30 March 1944 (age 70)
Lahore, British India
Residence Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Nationality British
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Film, television and stage actress
Television UFO
Spouse(s) Louis de Wet
Relatives Nick Drake (brother)

Gabrielle Drake (born 30 March 1944) is a British actress who was born in Lahore, British India and has lived in several Far Eastern countries. She became well known for her appearance in the television series UFO. Her brother was the musician Nick Drake.

Life and career[edit]

Drake attended Edgbaston College for Girls, Wycombe Abbey School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She is a classically trained actress with experience in Shakespearean plays, but first gained wider attention for her portrayal of Lieutenant Gay Ellis in the 1970 science fiction television series UFO, in which her costume consisted of a silver suit and a purple wig.[1] In the series, the character of Lt Ellis is stationed on Moonbase, which is Earth's first line of defence against invading flying saucers. Drake appeared in roughly half the 26 episodes produced, leaving the series during a break in the production to pursue other acting opportunities.

In the early 1970s, she auditioned for the part of Jo Grant in Doctor Who, reaching the final shortlist of three. Drake's film appearances include There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) and Au Pair Girls (1972). Her other television appearances include The Avengers (1967), Coronation Street (as Inga Olsen in 1967, and Vanessa in 2009), The Saint (1968), The Brothers (1972–74, in a regular leading role), The Kelly Monteith Show (1979–80), a made-for-TV version of The Importance of Being Earnest (1985), Crossroads (1985–87, as motel boss Nicola Freeman) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2003–05) as the protagonist's mother.

In 1975, she appeared as Madeline Bassett in the original London cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn musical Jeeves.

Personal life[edit]

Drake lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire and continues to perform in theatre.[citation needed]

She can be heard accompanying her brother Nick on a number of songs that he recorded privately, and which have since been released on the album Family Tree.

Selected filmography[edit]

Television roles[edit]


  1. ^ Pirani, Adam (November 1989). "UFO". The Complete Gerry Anderson Episode Guide. London: Titan Publishing. pp. 113–120. ISBN 1-85286-216-5. 


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