Carolyn Seymour

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Carolyn Seymour
Born Carolyn von Beckdendorf
(1947-11-06) 6 November 1947 (age 69)
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969-present
Spouse(s) Peter Medak (m. 1973; div. 1984)

Carolyn Seymour (born 6 November 1947) is an English actress, best known for portraying the role of Abby Grant in the BBC series Survivors in 1975.


Born Carolyn von Benckendorf in Buckinghamshire, England to a Russian father and an Irish mother, one of Seymour's earliest television roles was Jenny in the BBC drama series Take Three Girls. In 1972, she appeared as Zita in the film Steptoe and Son alongside Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell. Her best-known movie role remains Grace Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, opposite Peter O'Toole in his Oscar nominated performance.[1]

She left Survivors at the end of its first series, due to disagreements with the producers over the direction the show and her character was taking. She appeared in the Space: 1999 episode "The Seance Spectre" and with Joan Collins in The Bitch (1979). She then moved to the U.S. 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, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Contagion", "First Contact", "Face of the Enemy", Civil Wars, L.A. Law, Red Shoe Diaries, the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Cathexis" and "Persistence of Vision", Babylon 5 and ER.[1]

She has also provided voice 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, and recently began narrating audiobooks.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Seymour married director Peter Medak in 1973.[4] The couple divorced in 1984.[5]

Since 2011, she has lived in Chalais (France).


  1. ^ a b c Carolyn Seymour at the Internet Movie Database
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  3. ^ "Gears of War: Judgment Credits". Microsoft Game Studios. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Medak, Peter (October 30, 2001). The Ruling Class (DVD commentary). Criterion Collection. 
  5. ^ Peter Medak profile,; accessed March 3, 2015.

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