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Linda Thorson, promotional headshot 2013
18 June 1947
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Barry Bergthorson (divorced)
Bill Boggs (divorced); 1 child
Gavin Mitchell (divorced)
Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson on 18 June 1947 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, best known for playing Tara King in The Avengers (1968–69). For her role in The Avengers, Thorson received a special BAFTA at the 2000 BAFTA TV Awards along with the other three actresses from the series, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Diana Rigg.
Born Linda Robinson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada she moved to the UK in 1965 to study acting. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on 1 July 1967. Her professional name is based upon her first married name, Mrs Barry Bergthorson.
She was married to the American news anchorman and producer Bill Boggs with whom she has a son; they divorced. She was married to production designer Gavin Mitchell in November 2005, but divorced in 2011.
Thorson is also bidialectal, speaking in a Canadian/American accent when she is in North America, and a British accent when she is in the United Kingdom.
Thorson is best known for her role as Tara King (succeeding Diana Rigg as Emma Peel) in the last season of the British TV adventure series, The Avengers, with the original star Patrick Macnee. She was reunited with Macnee in a commercial for Laurent-Perrier champagne in the mid 1970s which led to the series reappearing as The New Avengers, although Thorson did not reprise her role.
Since then, she appeared in character roles in many TV series and films, including Thriller, Return of the Saint, The Greek Tycoon (1978), Blind Justice (1986), the cult horror film Curtains (1983), Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty (1986), and Marblehead Manor (1987).
She appeared from 1989 to 1992 in the daytime drama One Life to Live as Julia Wheaton Medina. She also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing female Cardassian starship commander Gul Ocett in the 6th season episode 'The Chase' (1993). From 1998-2000, she played Isabel in the Canadian series Emily of New Moon.
In 2002, she portrayed a Supreme Court Justice in the movie Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal and Ja Rule. Throughout 2006-07, Thorson played the villainous Rosemary King in the ITV series, Emmerdale.
Thorson has performed in many dramatic and musical stage productions, including appearances on Broadway in Nell Dunn's Steaming and Michael Frayn's Noises Off!. In 1971, she starred alongside Michael Crawford and Anthony Valentine in the London West End hit show No Sex Please, We're British and later appeared as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London. She also played Hester Salomon in a UK tour of Equus opposite Simon Callow. In the summer of 2008, she appeared at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Gigi.
In 2013, Thorson appeared onstage in Tracy Lett's play August: Osage County about a dysfunctional family in Oklahoma. In 2014, she is slated to appear in Jon Robin Baitz's play Other Desert Cities.
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- Behind the Scenes: The New Avengers
- "Interview with Linda Thorson". BBC. 26 September 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- "I, Audra: An Interview with Linda Thorson Part 2". The Terror Trap. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
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- Linda Thorson at the Internet Movie Database
- Linda Thorson at the Internet Broadway Database
- Audio interview at BBC Wiltshire
- I, Audra: An Interview with Linda Thorson - The Terror Trap