Carolyn Seymour

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Carolyn Seymour
Carolyn von Benckendorf

(1947-10-01) 1 October 1947 (age 75)[citation needed]
Years active1969–present
(m. 1973; div. 1984)
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Carolyn Seymour is an English actress, best known for portraying the role of Abby Grant in the BBC series Survivors (1975), and Queen Myrrah in the Gears of War franchise.


Born Carolyn von Benckendorf in Buckinghamshire to an Estonian[1] father of Russian descent and an Irish mother. One of her early television roles was as Jenny in the BBC drama series Take Three Girls. and an early film appearance was as Zita in the film Steptoe and Son (1972) alongside Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.[2][3] Her best-known movie role remains Grace Gurney in The Ruling Class (also 1972), opposite Peter O'Toole.[citation needed][4][5]

She left Survivors at the end of its first series due to disagreements with the producers over the direction the show and her character were taking.[6][7] She appeared in the Space: 1999 episode "The Seance Spectre", and with Joan Collins in The Bitch (1979).[8][9] She then moved to the United States and made numerous television appearances including Hart to Hart, Modesty Blaise, Family Ties, Cagney & Lacey, Remington Steele, Magnum, P.I., The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, Quantum Leap; Star Trek: The Next Generation, Civil Wars, L.A. Law, Red Shoe Diaries, Star Trek: Voyager, and ER.[10][11]

She has contributed voice work for several Star Wars video games, portraying characters such as Shmi Skywalker and Mon Mothma. She provides the voice for the Locust Queen Myrrah in Gears of War, Dr. Karin Chakwas in the Mass Effect series and the Elder God of Water in Mortal Kombat Annihilation. She has played in audio plays by L.A. Theatre Works and The Hollywood Theater of the Ear as well as narrated audiobooks.[12][13][14]

In 2014, she reprised the role of Abby Grant in Big Finish Productions' Survivors series, based on the book by Terry Nation and the television series.[citation needed][15] She has also gone on to play various other roles for the company and in April 2021, they released a career resprospecitve interview with her entitled Carolyn Seymour in Conversation.[16]

Since 2014, she has voiced Bierce in Dark Deception.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Seymour married director Peter Medak in 1973.[18] The couple had two children and divorced in 1984.[19]

Since 2011, she has lived in Chalais, France.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Unman, Wittering and Zigo Silvia Ebony
1971 Gumshoe Alison
1972 Steptoe and Son Zita Steptoe
1972 The Ruling Class Grace Shelley
1973 Yellow Dog Della
1977 The Assignment Danica Rodriguez
1978 The Odd Job Angie
1979 The Bitch Polly Logan
1980 Bad Timing Lisa Dietrich
1981 Zorro, The Gay Blade Dolores
1983 Mr. Mom Eve
1990 Midnight Cabaret Orion
1995 Congo Eleanor Romy
1997 Mortal Kombat Annihilation Elder God #2
2001 Ablaze Vivian Sims
2003 I Witness Lady Anne
2007 Hard Four Maxine De Winter
2008 Dark Streets Gloria
2008 The Moon and He Leila Short
2010 The Favour of Your Company Pamela Wilde Short


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Take Three Girls Jenny Main role
1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Connie Bell "Who Killed Santa Claus"
1972 ITV Playhouse Angela Harrison "The Greeks and Their Gifts"
1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Vicky "A Question of Everything"
1974 Justice Joy Mostyn "Matrimonial Malice"
1975 The Prodigal Daughter Christine Smith TV film
1975 Edward the King Lady Brooke / Lady Daisy Warwick "Scandal", "The Years of Waiting"
1975 Survivors Abby Grant Main role (series 1)
1977 Space: 1999 Eva "The Séance Spectre"
1978 Return of the Saint Lady Greer Stevens "The Arrangement"
1979 Hazell Caroline Bancroft "Hazell Gets the Bird"
1981 Mistress of Paradise Adele TV film
1982 Hart to Hart Celeste Dumont "Vintage Harts"
1982 The Devlin Connection Elspeth "Love, Sin and Death at Point Dume"
1982 Modesty Blaise Debbie DeFarge TV film
1983 The Greatest American Hero Kris Peterson "Heaven Is in Your Genes"
1983 The Last Ninja Lydia TV film
1983 Family Ties Lorraine Ferrar "Sweet Lorraine"
1983 Girls of the White Orchid Madame Mori TV film; alternative title Death Ride to Osaka
1983 Cagney & Lacey Renata Myers "Date Rape"
1984 Cagney & Lacey Marie-Chantal "Baby Broker"
1984 Remington Steele Shelby Haines "Blood Is Thicker Than Steel"
1984 Blue Thunder Helen "The Island"
1984 Magnum, P.I. Elizabeth, Lady Ashley "Echoes of the Mind: Parts 1 & 2"
1985 Magnum, P.I. Leeann "The Love-for-Sale Boat"
1985 Otherworld Prime Manager "Princess Metra"
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Carla Dean "Wake Me When I'm Dead"
1985 The Twilight Zone Megaera "Ye Gods"
1985 Tales from the Darkside Aisha Candisha (voice) "The Trouble with Mary Jane"
1986 Tales from the Darkside Andrea Caldwell "Dream Girl"
1986 Matlock Christina Harrison Ward "The Affair"
1986 Adam's Apple D.A. Trisha Hammond TV film
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Dorothy Difrasso TV film
1987 Murder, She Wrote Pauline Constable "It Runs in the Family"
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Celia "Old Money"
1988 Matlock Dr. Vanessa Sedgwick "The Genius"
1989 Matlock Iris Vogel "The Psychic"
1989 Living Dolls Mrs. Tate "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner"
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Subcommander Taris "Contagion"
1989 Quantum Leap Priscilla Stoltz "A Portrait for Troian"
1990 Blue Bayou Raleigh McMain TV film
1990 Murder, She Wrote Alice Montrose "O'Malley's Luck"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Nurse Eunice "The Medical Mystery"
1991 The Flash Jocelyn Weller "Done with Mirrors"
1991 Over My Dead Body Diane Beckett "An Actor Prepares"
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirasta Yale "First Contact"
1992 Civil Wars Bettina Peck-Naughton "Tape Fear"
1992 Dark Justice Michelle "Needy Things"
1992–93 Quantum Leap Zoey "Deliver Us from Evil", "Return of the Evil Leaper", "Revenge of the Evil Leaper"
1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Moira (voice) "The Princess Aleta"
1993 Jack's Place Maggie "Forever and Ever"
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Commander Toreth "Face of the Enemy"
1993 Class of '96 Anna Horvath "Parents Weekend"
1994 L.A. Law Vivian Askoff "How Am I Driving?", "Whistle Stop"
1994 Rebel Highway Mrs. Evelyn Turnbull "Reform School Girl"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Nellie Ruddy "Another Killing in Cork"
1995 Silk Stalkings Sarah Rowan "Friendly Persuasion"
1995 Star Trek: Voyager Mrs. Templeton "Cathexis", "Persistence of Vision"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Sarah (voice) "The Spectre of the Pine Barrens"
1997 Babylon 5 Sen. Crosby "Endgame"
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Kala In-Ze (voice) "Little Girl Lost"
2001 ER Dr. Skoft "The Longer You Stay"
2002 Still Standing Beverly Gerber "Still Scalping"
2004 Judging Amy Atty. Marla Rosen "My Little Runaway"
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Nina "Mrs. Tri-County"
2007 The Replacements Agent B (voice) "London Calling"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Concerned Mother, Shmi Skywalker, TC-14 [20]
1999 Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Estelle Stiles [20]
1999 Revenant Heather, Townswomen [20]
1999 Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine Babylonian Holy Woman [20]
2000 Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey Adventure Book Shmi Skywalker, Jellyfish [20]
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Helena Shan
2002 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Mon Mothma [20]
2005 Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None Emily Brent, Ethel Rogers [20]
2006 Star Wars: Empire at War Mon Mothma [20]
2006 Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express Princess Dragomiroff [20]
2006 Gears of War Queen Myrrah
2007 Mass Effect Dr. Karin Chakwas
2008 Gears of War 2 Queen Myrrah [20]
2010 Mass Effect 2 Dr. Karin Chakwas
2011 Gears of War 3 Queen Myrrah [20]
2012 Mass Effect 3 Dr. Karin Chakwas
2018 Dark Deception Helen Bierce
2019 Gears 5 Queen Myrrah [20]


  1. ^ Seymour, Carolyn (April 2021). "Carolyn Seymour in conversation" (Interview). Interviewed by Toby Hadoke. Big Finish Productions.
  2. ^ "Take Three Girls: The Company of Madmen". 21 April 1971. p. 39 – via BBC Genome.
  3. ^ "Carolyn Seymour". BFI.
  4. ^ "The Ruling Class (1973)". BFI.
  5. ^ Elley, Derek (2 November 2001). "The Ruling Class".
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Survivors (1975-77)".
  7. ^ "Big Finish - Survivors - Cast - Series one - Carolyn Seymour - Abby Grant - Survivors: A World Away".
  8. ^ "Space: 1999 | TV Guide".
  9. ^ "The Bitch (1979)". BFI.
  10. ^ "Carolyn Seymour | TV Guide".
  11. ^ "Carolyn Seymour".
  12. ^ "Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection". Alexander Street.
  13. ^ "Jo Hole Associates (JHA)".
  14. ^ "WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë Read by Carolyn Seymour | Audiobook Review". AudioFile Magazine.
  15. ^ "Survivors 5 - A Critics' Cracker! - News - Big Finish".
  16. ^ "Seymour the Survivor! - News - Big Finish".
  17. ^ "Dark Deception Dev Talks Pac-Man Inspirations, Release Date & More".
  18. ^ Medak, Peter (30 October 2001). The Ruling Class (DVD commentary). Criterion Collection.
  19. ^ Peter Medak profile,; accessed 3 March 2015.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Carolyn Seymour – 25 Character Images | Behind The Voice Actors". Retrieved 5 February 2020. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)

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