10 September 1948 |
Arundel, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Corona Stage Academy|
|Spouse(s)||Kristoffer Tabori (m. 1984–89) (divorced)|
|Relatives||Sally Geeson (sister) |
Judith Amanda "Judy" Geeson (born 10 September 1948) is an English actress.
Geeson was born in Arundel, Sussex. She came from a middle-class family; her father edited the National Coal Board magazine. Her sister, Sally Geeson, also an actress, is known for her roles in British television sitcoms of the 1970s. Geeson attended Corona Stage Academy, making her stage debut in 1957.
Geeson's first major film appearances came in 1967 with To Sir, with Love (alongside Sidney Poitier and pop singer Lulu), and the comedy Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. The following year, she appeared in Berserk!, co-starring Joan Crawford. Geeson became well known as a result of a regular role in the BBC early-evening soap opera, The Newcomers. She also had a major role in the 1970s costume drama Poldark, as Caroline Penvenen Enys.
Her other films include Prudence and the Pill (1968), Three Into Two Won't Go (1969), 10 Rillington Place (1970), Doomwatch (1972), Brannigan (1975; co-starring John Wayne, with whom she enjoyed working) and The Eagle Has Landed (1976). In the TV series Danger UXB, she played the female lead, Susan Mount, opposite Anthony Andrews. She also had the lead role of Fulvia in the science-fiction series Star Maidens.
In 1984, Geeson left London for Los Angeles, California, where she decided to stay. Among other roles, she appeared regularly in the American sitcom Mad About You as the hostile neighbour, Maggie Conway. She also played the role of Sandrine in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Twisted" and "The Cloud".
Having always been interested in antiques, Geeson managed an antique store, Blanche & Co, on West 3rd Street in Beverly Hills, in addition performing in occasional acting roles. After ten years of business, the store closed in December 2009.
Having appeared in a number of horror films during the 1970s and 1980s, including It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973), Dominique (1978) and Inseminoid (1981), Geeson returned to the horror genre in The Lords of Salem (2012), directed by Rob Zombie. The film marked a return to acting following a nine-year absence.
- Wings of Mystery (1963) as Jane
- Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967) as Mary Gloucester
- To Sir, With Love (1967) as Pamela Dare
- Berserk! (1968) as Angela Rivers
- Prudence and the Pill (1968) as Geraldine Hardcastle
- Hammerhead (1968) as Sue Trenton
- Three Into Two Won't Go (1969) as Ella Patterson
- Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969) as Jane
- The Executioner (1970) as Polly Bendel
- Goodbye Gemini (1970) as Jacki
- One of Those Things (1970; Danish film, directed by Eric Balling)
- 10 Rillington Place (1970) as Beryl Evans
- Hændeligt uheld (1971) as Susanne Strauss
- Doomwatch (1972) as Victoria Brown
- Fear in the Night (1972) as Peggy Heller
- It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973) as Laura Barkley
- Percy's Progress (1974) as Dr Fairweather
- Brannigan (1975) as Detective Sergeant Jennifer Thatcher
- Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976) as Nikki
- Short Ends (1976) as Claudine
- Carry On England (1976) as Sergeant Tilly Willing
- The Eagle Has Landed (1976) as Pamela
- Dominique (1978) as Marjorie Craven
- Towards the Morning (1980)
- Inseminoid (1981) as Sandy
- The Plague Dogs (1982; voice only) as Pekingese
- The Price of Life (1987) as Anthea
- Young Goodman Brown (1993) as Bridget Bishop
- The Duke (1999) as Lady Fautblossom
- Everything Put Together (2000) as Angie's Mother
- Spanish Fly (2003) as Miss England
- The Lords Of Salem (2012) as Lacy Doyle
- Malatesta (1964) as Vanella
- The Newcomers (1965)
- Danger Man (1965)
- Man in a Suitcase (1966) as Sue Mandel
- Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (1971 TV film) as Jody Kenyon
- Lady Windermere's Fan (Play of the Month, BBC video-taped drama 1972) as Lady Windermere
- A Room with a View (Play of the Month', BBC taped drama, 1973) as Lucy Honeychurch
- The Skin Game (Play of the Month, BBC taped drama, 1974)
- Space: 1999 (1975) as Regina Kesslann
- Poldark (1975–77) as Caroline Enys (née Penvenen)
- Diagnosis: Murder (1975 TV film) as Helen
- Night is the Time for Killing (1975 TV film) as Helen Marlow
- Star Maidens (1976) as Fulvia
- Return of the Saint (1978)
- Danger UXB (1979) as Susan Mount
- Breakaway (1980) as Becky Royce (Series Two)
- Murder, She Wrote (1985, 1986)
- The A-Team (1986)
- Hotel (1986)
- MacGyver (1988, 1989)
- The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick (1988 TV film) as Babs
- Mad About You (1992–99)
- Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
- To Sir, With Love II (1996 TV film) as Pamela Dare
- Houdini (1998) as Lady Doyle
- NewsRadio (1998)
- Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2000; voice only) as Alien
- Touched by an Angel (2000)
- Charmed (2000)
- Gilmore Girls (2001, 2002)
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- "Judy Geeson - About This Person - Movies & TV". NYTimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- "The Liverpool R 'N' R Childrens Charity-Maggie May The Liverpool Musical". MerseyCats. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- Star Maidens. Animus-web.demon.co.uk. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Judy Geeson Biography. Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.[dead link]
- Shuttering Shop News – Blanche & Co. Closes After 10 Years. Blackburnandsweetzer.com. 30 December 2009.
- One of Geeson's favourite films. She owns a first edition of the journalistic investigation by Ludovic Kennedy, on which the film is based; see 10 Days In LA: Interview With Judy Geeson (2005), Tvo.org.