Linda Hayden

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Linda Hayden
Born Linda M. Higginson[1]
(1953-01-19) 19 January 1953 (age 61)
Stanmore, Middlesex, England
Occupation Actress

Linda Hayden (born 19 January 1953 in Stanmore, Middlesex) is an English film and television actress and the sister of actress Jane Hayden. She is best known for her roles in 1970s British horror films and sex comedies.

Career[edit]

Hayden trained with the Aida Foster stage school in dancing, singing and stage acting before making her film debut at the age of 15 in the controversial Baby Love (1968), playing a schoolgirl who seduces her adoptive family. She next featured in two horror films; playing Alice Hargood in Hammer's Taste the Blood of Dracula, (1970),[2] followed by a memorable performance as the demonically possessed Angel Blake in Blood on Satan's Claw (1970), made by Tigon.[3] In 1972, she played a pregnant teenage hitchhiker in Something to Hide, driving Peter Finch to murder and madness.

Hayden appeared opposite Robin Askwith, her then-boyfriend, in the popular sex comedies Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977) and, with Fiona Richmond, in Let's Get Laid (1978); as well as the obscure cult film Queen Kong (1976). She also shared the stage with Askwith, in Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon's farce Who Goes Bare. Hayden and Richmond had previously appeared together in the thriller Exposé (1976), which was known as Trauma in the USA and House on Straw Hill in Australia, and banned in the UK as a video nasty. In a documentary on the DVD of Blood on Satan's Claw, Hayden says that Exposé is the only movie she regrets making and was not the film she had made originally.

Following a brief role in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Hayden concentrated on stage and television work. In 1980 she appeared in the ITV series The Professionals as 'Gerda' in the episode 'Black Out'. She also took a role in the thriller Underground at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and London's Prince of Wales Theatre in 1983, as well as a 1997 episode of The Bill.

Now semi-retired, she featured as Mrs Brown in Martin Kemp's 2010 remake of Exposé, with Jane March playing Linda — Hayden's role in the 1976 original.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Baby Love
1968
Luci
Taste the Blood of Dracula
1970
Alice Hargood
Hammer production
The Blood on Satan's Claw
1971
Angel Blake
Tigon production
Something to Hide
1972
Lorelei
Night Watch
1973
Girl in Car
Embassy Pictures
Vampira
1974
Helga
Madhouse
Elizabeth Peters
Amicus Productions
La redada
Linda
"Barcelona Kill" (international title)
Confessions of a Window Cleaner
Elizabeth Radlett
Columbia Pictures
Exposé
1976
Linda Hindstatt
"House on Straw Hill" (alternative title)
Queen Kong
The Singing Nun
Confessions from a Holiday Camp
1977
Brigitte
Columbia Pictures
Let's Get Laid
1978
Gloria
The Boys from Brazil
Nancy
20th Century Fox
Stalker
2010
Ms. Brown
Run for Your Wife
2012

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
The Charlie Drake Show
1968
2 episodes
Now Look Here
1971
Sally
4 episodes
Crown Court
1972
Linda Davies
Episode: "Traffic Warden's Daughter - Part 1"
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
1973
Linda
Season 1, episode 1 "Getting a Job"
Marked Personal
Gillian Gibson
2 episodes
Village Hall
1975
Helga
Season 2, episode 3 "The Rough and the Smooth"
My Brother's Keeper
Jennie
Season 1, episode 1 "Pig in the Middle"
The Galton & Simpson Playhouse
1977
Henry's Secretary
Season 1, episode 2 "Swap You One of These for Another of Those"
Robin's Nest
1978
Jan
Season 3, episode 4 "Away from All What?"
Robin's Nest
1979
Millie Winters / Hartley Carstairs
Season 4, episode 1 "Should Auld Acquaintance?"
Mackenzie
1980
Krista
Season 1, episode 7 "Sole Agent"
The Professionals
Gerda Helm
Season 4, episode 7 "Black Out"
Dick Turpin
1981
Sal
Season 3, episode 4 "Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure - Part 4"
Shillingbury Tales
Mandy Smith
4 episodes
Let There Be Love
1982
Annabelle
Season 1, episode 3 "Dad's the Word"
Cuffy
1983
Mandy
Season 1, episode 1 "Cuffy and a Carpetbagger
Season 1, episode 6 "Cuffy and a Green Eye"
Just Good Friends
Sonia
Season 1, episode 1 "After All This Time"
Hart to Hart
Ute
Season 5, episode 7 "Passing Chance"
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
1984
Ellen Jarvis
Episode 8 "Black Carrion"
The Kenny Everett Television Show
1986
2 episodes
Mr. H Is Late
1988
Sunbather
Television short
The Upper Hand
1991
Diana Wilkinson
Season 2, episode 9 "A Friend in Need"
Shelley
1992
Mrs. Archer
1 episode
The Bill
1997
Wendy Pierce
Season 13, episode 112 "Performance Anxiety"

Television film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Heydays Hotel
1977
Minder on the Orient Express
1985
Annie
Produced during season 6 of Minder
The Return of Sam McCloud
1989
Nancy Cratchett

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ BFI biodata
  2. ^ "Taste The Blood Of Dracula 1970" BritishHorrorFilms.co.uk (Retrieved: 16 February 2010)
  3. ^ "Blood On Satan's Claw 1970" BritishHorrorFilms.co.uk (Retrieved: 16 February 2010)

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