Ilona Rodgers

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Ilona Rodgers
Born (1942-04-28) 28 April 1942 (age 75)
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962 -2011 ent

Ilona Rodgers (born 28 April 1942) is an English-born actress who has been based in New Zealand, and later in Australia, since the mid-1980s.


Rodgers' breakthrough roles in British television included Carol in The Sensorites, a six-episode adventure in BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. She also acted in an adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit, and made guest appearances in The Saint and The Avengers.

Rodgers first lived in New Zealand from 1973, appearing in soap opera Close to Home and successful goldmining drama Hunter's Gold (retitled Scott Hunter in some territories).

Between 1978 and the mid-1980s she lived in Australia. There, she appeared in television programmes The Sullivans, over 200 episodes of Sons and Daughters (as Patricia Hamilton's sister, Margaret Dunne) and the 1985 Australian miniseries Anzacs (as Lady Thea Barrington), as well as nine episodes of Prisoner in 1983 as character Zara Moonbeam, an imprisoned medium who claimed to have clairvoyant powers.

After relocating back to New Zealand, her work included medical soap Shortland Street and presenting duties on a light entertainment and advertorial program called Good Morning.

Rodger's best-known role in New Zealand is probably TV series Gloss. She starred in Gloss for three seasons, from 1987 to 1990, playing bossy magazine editor Maxine Redfern. The series was about a fictional publishing empire run by the Redfern family.[1]

Later, Rodgers played Australian wife to New Zealand comedian Billy T James in the final, sitcom version of The Billy T James Show (1990).

Her stage work has included one-woman play Shirley Valentine,[2] By Degrees written by Roger Hall, and Three Tall Women by Edward Albee.



Year Title Role Notes
1968 Salt and Pepper Marianne Renaud
1968 Snow Treasure Bente Nielsen
1984 Utu Emily Williamson
2009 I'm Not Harry Jenson Margaret
2011 Rest for the Wicked Esther
2013 Chloe Jen Short
2015 Syrenia Nanna Mary


Year Title Role Notes
1962–1964 Emergency – Ward 10 Nurse Sarah Smith Recurring role
1963 ITV Play of the Week Caroline Campbell "Conspiracy of Silence"
1964 Martin Chuzzlewit Mary Graham TV miniseries
1964 Doctor Who Carol Recurring role (series 1)
1966 Adam Adamant Lives! Susan "The Terribly Happy Embalmers"
1967 This Man Craig Violette Johns "You Can Choose Your Friends"
1967 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Samantha Slade "The Bird Who Knew Too Much"
1967 Saint, TheThe Saint Mary "A Double in Diamonds"
1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre Judy "The Wake"
1967 Theatre 625 Angiolina Zarri "As a Man Grows Older"
1968 Beverly Hillbillies, TheThe Beverly Hillbillies Sandra MacGregor "Coming Through the Rye"
1968 Sherlock Holmes Rachel Carey "Black Peter"
1968 ITV Playhouse Sally "Premiere: Foxhole in Bayswater"
1969 ITV Playhouse Judy "Murder: When Robin Was a Boy"
1969 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Kathrin Soutar "The Visitation"
1969 Barrister at Law Jane Paston TV film
1970 Strange Report Beth "Swindle - Square Root of Evil"
1970 Paul Temple Nancy "Swan Song for Colonel Harp"
1976 Sullivans, TheThe Sullivans Kate Meredith TV series
1977 Hunter's Gold Molly Grogan TV series
1977 Colour Scheme Ursula Harme TV film
1981 Outbreak of Love Marcia Rockingham TV film
1982 Sara Dane Julia Ryder TV film
1982 1915 Mrs. Reilly TV miniseries
1983 Prisoner Zara Moonbeam Recurring role (series 5)
1983 Silent Reach Patty Mountford TV miniseries
1983–84 Sons and Daughters Margaret Dunne Main role (series 2)
1984 Special Squad Helen Anderson "Until Death"
1985 Anzacs Lady Thea Barrington TV miniseries
1987 Gloss Maxine Redfern Main role
1988 Far Country, TheThe Far Country Jane Armitage TV film
1989 Night of the Red Hunter Jill Piper TV series
1990 Billy T James Show, TheThe Billy T James Show Thelma TV series
1990–1992 New Adventures of Black Beauty, TheThe New Adventures of Black Beauty Hilda Burton Main role (series 1)
1992 Marlin Bay Charlotte Kincaid TV series
1995 Riding High Mrs. Harrington "1.37", "1.47", "1.48"
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Queen Camilla "The Festival of Dionsyus"
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Queen Euriana "Long Live the King"
1998 City Life Beverley Gribble "1.19"
2003–2005 Shortland Street Ngaire Thompson TV series
2006 Maddigan's Quest Gabrielle "Off the Map"
2016 Power Rangers Dino Charge G-Ma Betty "Catching Some Rays"
2016 Dirty Laundry Nana Pat Regular role


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  2. ^ Hewitson, Michele (17 April 1999). "Ilona's out of the cupboard". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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