26 August 1941 |
Jane Merrow (born Jane Meirowsky, 26 August 1941) is a British actress, born in Hertfordshire to an English mother and German refugee father, who was active in the 1960s and 1970s in Britain and the United States.
Film and television career
She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1963, Merrow came to TV prominence when she starred in a BBC adaptation of Lorna Doone and subsequently had roles in British TV series such as Danger Man, The Saint, The Baron, The Prisoner, Gerry Anderson's UFO, and The Avengers where, having appeared in the penultimate episode of the 1967 series, she was considered as the replacement for a departing Diana Rigg. The role went to Linda Thorson instead.
Her most prominent role was as Alais, the mistress of Henry II (played by Peter O'Toole) in The Lion in Winter (1968), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of actress in a supporting role, losing to Ruth Gordon who won for Rosemary's Baby.
She also appeared in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) ("Who Killed Cock Robin?", 1969). In 1971 she played Anne Hepton in Hadleigh becoming the romantic interest of the lead character. Around this time, she moved to America where she guest starred in many American television dramas, mysteries and adventure programmes. They included Mission Impossible, Bearcats!, Mannix, Emergency!, Police Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Airwolf, MacGyver, Hart to Hart, Magnum, P.I., The Incredible Hulk, and The Greatest American Hero among others.
In the 1990s, Merrow returned to Britain to run a family business. In 2006 she took part in a Prisoner related event in Portmeirion, North Wales, and in 2008, she was a guest there for the annual convention for The Prisoner TV series organised by the Prisoner Appreciation Society.
- The System (USA: The Girl-Getters, 1964)
- Night of the Big Heat (1967)
- The Lion in Winter (1968)
- Adam's Woman (1970)
- The Appointment (1981) - with Edward Woodward