Alethea Charlton

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Alethea Charlton
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Alethea Blow Charlton

(1931-08-09)9 August 1931
Died6 May 1976(1976-05-06) (aged 44)
Chelsea, London, England
Cause of deathmalignant melanoma
Years active1961–1976

Alethea Blow Charlton (9 August 1931 – 6 May 1976) was a British actress.


She was born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, and attended Ripon High School and the Northern Theatre School.[1] After working in repertory for a few years in Yorkshire, she moved to London in 1960 before touring American universities as a member of a group.[1] Alethea's family history was traced by people investigating the Naylor family history. The report indicates that she was descended from a line of people with the surname Charlton, as well as Blow, Dickerson, Naylor and Heyes.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Charlton was a cast member in episodes two, three and four of the first ever Doctor Who serial (An Unearthly Child) broadcast in late 1963, as a cavewoman called Hur.[3] She returned playing the character Edith in the serial The Time Meddler in 1965.[4]

Her other TV credits include: Z-Cars, Follyfoot, The Borderers, Doomwatch, Out of the Unknown, Upstairs, Downstairs and a three-year recurring role in the Granada Television drama Sam.[5][6]


She died of a malignant melanoma at the age of 44.[7] Her last known acting role was in the soap opera The Cedar Tree, which was aired posthumously.



Year Title Role Episodes
1961 Deadline Midnight Objector Season 3, Episode 9: "Why George Brown Hanged"
1962 Silent Evidence Sister Cook Season 1, Episode 6: "Prophet of Truth"



Z-Cars Vicky Carron

Millie Lovegrove

Mrs. Rosser

Margaret Thomson

Mary Smith


Rachel Edmunds

Season 1, Episode 22: ''Incident Reported''

Season 2, Episode 24: ''Follow My Leader''

Season 4, Episode 24: ''The Long Spoon''

Season 5, Episode 11: ''But the Crying...''

Season 6: (6 episodes)



Doctor Who Hur


Season 1, An Unearthly Child (3 episodes)

Season 2, The Time Meddler (4 episodes)

1964 Sergeant Cork Rose Season 1, Episode 27: "The Case of the Medicine Man"
The Sleeper Ilina TV Movie
The Villains Mary Bates Season 3, Episode 1: ''Bent''
The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling Mrs. Bent Season 1, Episode 23: ''A Second-Rate Woman''


Cluff Miriam Bateson

Liz Meller

Season 1, Episode 5: ''The Daughter in Law''

Season 2. Episode 13: ''The Village Constable''



Armchair Theatre Unknown
1965 Sherlock Holmes Mrs. Rucastle Season 1, Episode 3: "The Copper Beeches"
1966 The Woman in White Marian Halcombe Season 1, (6 episodes)


The Wednesday Play Elizabeth

Delorea Sweeting

Season 1, Episode 51: ''A Game, Like, Only A Game

Season 1, Episode 149: ''The Mark II Wife''





Thirty-Minute Theatre Margot Winters

Younger sister

Cynthia Holmes

Mrs. Runca

Season 2, Episode 6: ''Play to Win''

Season 6, Episode 3: ''Did the Nanny Come From Bergen?''

Season 6, Episode 12: ''Waugh on Crime: In Which Inspector

Waugh Plays Cops and Robbers''

Season 7, Episode 19: ''The Penthouse Apartment''

1967 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Anastasia Season 1, Episode 2: ''The Croxley Master''
Out of Town Theatre Sister Ursula Season 1, Episode 5: '' A Nun's Tale''
The Revenue Men Janice Brent Season 2, Episode 12: ''Fox in the High Street''
ITV Playhouse Madge Season 1, Episode 2: "They Said Let's Live Together"
Softly Softly Mrs. Forbes Season 3, Episode 9: ''The Hunt''
Emergency-Ward 10 Renee Season 3, Episode 8: "A Cry for Help"


The Expert Alice Simpson

Pat Elliot

Season 1, Episode 7: ''Nobody's Going to Hurt You''

Season 2, Episode 12: ''Do Not Go Gentle''



Public Eye Maureen

Judy Marchmont

Season 3, Episode 8: ''Honesty Is the Best Policy –

But Who Can Afford the Premiums?''

Season 5, Episode 5: ''The Beater and the Game''

1969 The Gold Robbers Fay Hartford Season 1, Episode 2: ''Grounded''
Detective Harriet Ward Season 3, Episode 7: ''Elimination Round''
Paul Temple Enid Bray Season 1, Episode 5: ''The Man Who Wasn't There"
1970 Hardy Heating Company Ltd Jean Wilkins Season 1: (6 episodes)
Manhunt Helene Season 1, Episode 20: ''Machine''
Special Branch Brenda Clifford Season 2, Episode 7: ''Not to be Trusted''
Ryan International Unknown Season 1, Episode 8: ''The Muck Raker''
Menace Alice Campbell Season 1, Episode 6: ''Man with a Mission
1971 Out of the Unknown Ann Meredith Season 4, Episode 3: ''This Body is Mine''
Trial Julia Samuels Season 1, Episode 4: '' On The Evidence You Will Hear''
Upstairs, Downstairs Enid Season 1, Episode 3: "Board Wages"
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Doris Pratt Season 1, Episode 11: "The Assyrian Rejuvenator"


Play for Today Miss. Rone


Season 2, Episode 4: ''O Fat White Woman''

Season 3, Episode 8: ''The Bankrupt''

1972 Six Days of Justice Molly Foster Season 1, Episode 5: ''With Intent to Deceive''
The Lotus Eaters Monica Turton Season 1, Episode 6: '' A Tiger on Bristol Street''
1973 Thriller Mrs. Oxhey Season 1, Episode 3: ''Someone at the Top of the Stairs''
Away From It All Alice Season 1, Episode 6, ''The Summer House''
Follyfoot Phyllis Weatherby Season 3, Episode 10: ''The Helping Hand''
1973–75 Sam Ethel Barraclough Season 1: (13 episodes)

Season 2: (13 episodes)

Season 3: (13 episodes)

1974 Crown Court Betty Tring Season 3, Episode 112: ''Strange Past: Part 1''
1976 Big Boy Now! Marjorie Marchant Season 1, Episode 7: ''Staff Relations''
The Cedar Tree Mrs. Whickham Season 1: (2 episodes)


  1. ^ a b Kenneth Passingham "How Alethea Sees Herself: I Want the Be Bawdy, Brassy and Beautiful", TV Times, 12–18 July 1975, p.48-49
  2. ^ Imp, A. Merlin (18 August 2010). "Untying The Naylor Knots: The CHARLTON connection".
  3. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - An Unearthly Child - Details".
  4. ^ "The Time Meddler ★★★★★". Radio Times.
  5. ^ "Alethea Charlton".
  6. ^ "Alethea Charlton". BFI.
  7. ^ "Alethea Charlton". IMDb.

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