Jane Merrow

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Jane Merrow
Jane Josephine Meirowsky

(1941-08-26) 26 August 1941 (age 78)
Hertfordshire, England
Years active1960–present
Spouse(s)Richard Bullen (1970–?)

Jane Josephine Meirowsky (born 26 August 1941), known professionally as Jane Merrow, is a British actress who has been active from the 1960s in both Britain and the United States.

Early years[edit]

Merrow was born in Hertfordshire to an English mother and German refugee father. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[1][2] She also was active in the British National Youth Theatre and won the Shakespeare Cup at the Kent Drama Festival.[3]

Film and television career[edit]

In 1963, Merrow was cast in the lead role of a BBC adaptation of Lorna Doone and subsequently had roles in British TV series such as Danger Man, The Saint, The Baron, The Prisoner in the 1967 episode entitled "Schizoid Man" as Alison, a mind reader, Gerry Anderson's UFO, and The Avengers where, having appeared in the penultimate episode of the 1967 series, she was considered as the replacement for a departing Diana Rigg. The role went to Linda Thorson instead.[1] She also appeared as Lollipop Romano in the 1965 'Gang War' episode of Gideon's Way.[citation needed]

Merrow starred in the British science fiction film Night of the Big Heat (1967) alongside Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, prior to her most prominent role as Alais, the mistress of Henry II (played by Peter O'Toole) in The Lion in Winter (1968), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of actress in a supporting role,[citation needed] losing to Ruth Gordon who won for Rosemary's Baby. She appeared in Adam's Woman with Beau Bridges in 1970. She also appeared as the blind Laura in the Hammer film Hands of the Ripper (1971).[1]

She also appeared in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) ("Who Killed Cock Robin?", 1969). In 1971 she played Anne Hepton in Hadleigh, becoming the romantic interest of the lead character. Around this time, she moved to America where she guest starred in many American television dramas, mysteries and adventure programmes. They included Mission: Impossible, Bearcats!, Mannix, Emergency!, Police Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, Airwolf, MacGyver, Hart to Hart, Magnum, P.I., The Incredible Hulk, Once an Eagle, and The Greatest American Hero, The Magician, working with specialists of sci-fi as William Shatner , Roy Thinnes, Bill Bixby and Ed Bishop among others.

Later life[edit]

In the 1990s, Merrow returned to Britain to run a family business.[1] In 2006, she took part in a Prisoner-related event in Portmeirion, North Wales,[4] and in 2008, she was a guest there for the annual convention for The Prisoner TV series organised by the Prisoner Appreciation Society.[5]

The summer of 2009 saw Merrow return to the stage, playing Emilia in Shakespeare's play The Comedy of Errors with the Idaho Shakespeare Company.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Don't Bother to Knock Girl in Gallery Uncredited
1962 The Phantom of the Opera Chorus Girl Uncredited
1962 The Wild and the Willing Mary Parker
1964 The System Nicola USA: The Girl-Getters
1965 Catacombs Alice Taylor
1967 Night of the Big Heat Angela Roberts
1968 Assignment K Martine
1968 The Lion in Winter Alais
1970 Adam's Woman Bess
1971 Hands of the Ripper Laura
1972 The Hound of the Baskervilles Beryl Stapleton TV movie
1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet Sheila O'Neill TV movie
1974 A Time for Love
1975 Diagnosis: Murder Mary Dawson
1981 The Appointment Dianna
2016 Almosting It Gladys


  1. ^ a b c d Cotter, Robert Michael "Bobb" (2013). The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. McFarland. pp. 134–135. ISBN 9781476602011. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Jane Merrow Biography Page". www.janemerrow.net.
  3. ^ "Katharine Out to Repeat History". The Ottawa Journal. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. 2 March 1968. p. 62. Retrieved 18 July 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "PM2006 Patrick McGoohan / Prisoner / Portmeirion Convention". www.theunmutual.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Portmeirion".
  6. ^ http://www.janemerrow.net/comedy/comedy_review.htm

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