Gail Grainger

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Gail Grainger
Born 1950[1]
Chelsea, London, England, UK
Years active 1971 - 1980

Gail Grainger is an English actress best remembered for her role as Moira Plunkett, a travel courier, in the 1972 comedy film Carry On Abroad.

Background[edit]

Gail Grainger took up dancing at the age of six and studied at a theatrical school. She had television roles in her teens in the BBC’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and in ATV’s daily serial Crossroads.[2]

Carry on Abroad[edit]

In Carry on Abroad (1972), Grainger played Miss Plunkett, an assistant to tour courier Stuart Farquhar (Kenneth Williams), a character type often played by Valerie Leon in earlier Carry On films.[3] The couriers led a party that included Sid James, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, June Whitfield, Sally Geeson and Carol Hawkins on a weekend trip to the Spanish holiday resort of Elsbels. Her phlegmatic and slightly bemused approach to a series of disastrous situations culminated in her extricating the party from a foreign jail by making advances to the local police chief. In some ways this was a stereotypical Carry On part: a young woman in a uniform who, from time to time, was reduced to a state of semi-undress, as, for example, when the touring party consumed an elixir with pronounced aphrodisiacal qualities.

Other roles[edit]

On stage Grainger played three parts - a fantasy maid, a nurse and a member of a female gang led by Kate O'Mara as Madame Gerda - in a 1971 play entitled Dead Duck produced by Leslie Phillips, based on the television series The Avengers. This was first performed in Birmingham and later at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.[4] She subsequently appeared with Leslie Phillips, and under his direction, in Joyce Rayburn’s comedy The Man Most Likely To ..., both at the Duke of York's Theatre in London and on a world tour.[5] The Man Most Likely To ... opened initially at the Vaudeville Theatre, on 4 July 1968, and ran to over 1,000 performances in London.

She also appeared in episodes of a number of television series, including Casanova '73 (also with Leslie Phillips, 1973), Warship (as Heather Gardiner in the episode "The Man from the Sea", 1974), The Sweeney (as Carter's girlfriend Jill in the episode "The Sweet Smell of Succession", 1976), Butterflies (1979) and Rings on Their Fingers (1980).[6] One of her later film roles was in Jaguar Lives! (1979).

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gail Grainger's age was given as 20 in 1974 in the programme for The Man Most Likely To ... at the Duke of York's Theatre, London. Bearing in mind her earlier career, it is possible that the programme notes were written a year or two earlier.
  2. ^ The Man Most Likely To ... programme, op.cit
  3. ^ Gail Grainger Bio
  4. ^ The Avengers - 'The Avengers' stage play
  5. ^ The Man Most Likely To ... programme, op.cit
  6. ^ Gail Grainger in the Internet Movie DataBase