Linda Thorson

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Linda Thorson
Patrick MacNee Linda Thorson 1968.JPG
Thorson with Patrick Macnee in a promotional photograph from The Avengers
Born Linda Robinson
(1947-06-18) 18 June 1947 (age 69)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Barry Bergthorson (divorced)
Cyril J. Smith (divorced)
Bill Boggs (divorced); 1 child
Gavin Mitchell (divorced)
Website Linda Thorson: The Official Website

Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson on 18 June 1947) is a Canadian actress, best known for playing Tara King in The Avengers[1] (1968–69). For her role in The Avengers, Thorson received a special BAFTA at the 2000 BAFTA TV Awards along with the other three actresses from the series, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Diana Rigg.


Biography[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,[1][2] she attended Bishop Strachan School,[3] and then moved to the UK in 1965 to study acting.[4] She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with an Honours Diploma on 1 July 1967.[4][5] Her professional name is based upon her first married name, Mrs Barry Bergthorson.[6]

She was married to the American news anchorman and producer Bill Boggs with whom she has a son; they divorced.[2] She was married to production designer Gavin Mitchell in November 2005, but divorced in 2011.

Thorson is bi-dialectal, speaking in her native Canadian accent when she is in North America, and received pronunciation when she is in the United Kingdom.

Career[edit]

Thorson is best known for her role as Tara King (succeeding Diana Rigg as Emma Peel) in the last season of the British TV adventure series, The Avengers, with the original star Patrick Macnee.[5] She was reunited with Macnee in a commercial for Laurent-Perrier champagne in the mid 1970s which led to the series reappearing as The New Avengers,[7] although Thorson did not regain her role.

Since then, she appeared in character roles in many TV series and films, including Thriller, Return of the Saint, Valentino, The Greek Tycoon, the cult horror film Curtains, Blind Justice, Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty, and Marblehead Manor.[4]

She appeared from 1989 to 1992 in the daytime drama One Life to Live as Julia Wheaton Medina.[4] She also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing female Cardassian starship commander Gul Ocett in the 6th season episode 'The Chase' (1993).[8] From 1998-2000, she played Isabel in the Canadian series Emily of New Moon.

In 2002, she portrayed a Supreme Court Justice in the movie Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal and Ja Rule, and appeared in the 2006 action sequel Max Havoc: Ring of Fire. Throughout 2006-07, Thorson played the villainous Rosemary King in the ITV series Emmerdale.

Thorson has performed in many dramatic and musical stage productions, including appearances on Broadway in Nell Dunn's Steaming and Michael Frayn's Noises Off!.[2] In 1971, she starred alongside Michael Crawford and Anthony Valentine in the London West End hit show No Sex Please, We're British and later appeared as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London. She also played Hester Salomon in a UK tour of Equus opposite Simon Callow.[9] In the summer of 2008, she appeared at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Gigi.

In 2013, Thorson appeared onstage in Tracy Lett's play August: Osage County about a dysfunctional family in Oklahoma. In 2014, she is slated to appear in Jon Robin Baitz's play Other Desert Cities.[10]

In 2013, Thorson produced a new stage play called The Goodbye Bird written by Colleen Murphy.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Valentino Billie Streeter
1978 Greek Tycoon, TheThe Greek Tycoon Angela
1983 Curtains Brooke Parsons
1985 Walls of Glass Andrea
1986 Joey Principal O'Neill
1986 Sweet Liberty Grace James
1988 Olympus Force: The Key Athene
1999 Giving It Up Marlene Gigante
1999 Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister Drew
2002 Half Past Dead Judge Jane McPherson
2004 Straight into Darkness Maria
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Denise Blaine
2010 Rachel Texas Lady Short
2010 Will Greta Short
2016 Second Time Around, TheThe Second Time Around Katherine

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968-69 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Tara King Regular role
1973 Thriller Toni Tanner "Lady Killer"
1976 Howerd Confessions, TheThe Howerd Confessions Eve "1.5"
1977 Month in the Country, AA Month in the Country Vera Alexandrovna TV film
1977 King of Kensington Suzanne "The Teacher"
1978 Les palmiers du métropolitain Anna TV film
1978 Return of the Saint Diamond "The Roman Torch"
1979 Great Detective, TheThe Great Detective Sarah Lyall "Murder at Blenheim Swamp"
1980 Matt and Jenny Ann Winfield "Wagon Train West"
1981 Two of Us, TheThe Two of Us Melissa "Upstairs, Downstairs"
1981 McClain's Law Teri Fields "Portrait of a Playmate"
1982 Great Detective, TheThe Great Detective Sarah Lyall "Death on Delivery"
1984 Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck, TheThe Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck Cory Fuhrman TV film
1985 Lime Street Uli "Diamonds Aren't Forever"
1985 St. Elsewhere Mrs. Cochrane "Lost and Found in Space", "Close Encounters", "Watch the Skies"
1986 Blind Justice Pamela TV film
1986 Spenser: For Hire Karen Cooper "Hell Hath No Fury"
1986 Moonlighting Agent Gregory "Symphony in Knocked Flat"
1987 Dynasty Dr. Mansfield "The Birthday", "The Test"
1987 Tales from the Darkside Elizabeth Eaton "Auld Acquaintances"
1987 Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx Zoo Connie Delvecchio "Signs of Life", "Small Victories", "The Moral Equation"
1987-88 Marblehead Manor Hillary Stonehill Main role
1988 Buck James Laura Browne "Act of Aggression"
1989 Empty Nest Janice Brattle "The More Things Change..."
1989-92 One Life to Live Julia Medina Regular role
1990 Monsters Jessica "A New Woman"
1993 Tropical Heat Janet "The Last of the Magnificent"
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Gul Ocett "The Chase"
1994 Street Legal Ellen Filipchuk "The Morning After"
1994 E.N.G. Barbara Stollery "Before the Axe"
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Helen Richmond "Laurie's Friend"
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Geena Sinclair "Requiem"
1997 Dead Silence Constance Stanley TV film
1997 F/X: The Series Cassandra Delarossa "Medea"
1998-99 Emily of New Moon Isabel Murray Regular role
1999-00 Hoop Life, TheThe Hoop Life Emily Yeager Main role
2001 Law & Order Martha Taylor "Possession"
2006 Vital Signs Mrs. Percy "1.6"
2006 Silent Witness Anne Wheaton "Body of Work: Parts 1 & 2"
2006 Wives He Forgot, TheThe Wives He Forgot Eva TV film
2006-07 Emmerdale Rosemary King Regular role
2008 Doctors Carol Francis "Another Day"
2011 Committed Isadora TV film
2011 Flashpoint Elaine Stearns "Through a Glass Darkly"
2012 Listener, TheThe Listener Mrs. Slatterly "Rogues' Gallery"
2012 Saving Hope Melissa Hurst "Out of Sight"
2012 Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective Olive TV series
2013 Rookie Blue Eleanor Ward "For Better, for Worse"
2014 Transporter: The Series Rae Henson "Sixteen Hands"
2014 Best Christmas Party Ever Petra TV film
2015 Two Wrongs Judy TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Full Biography: Linda Thorson". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Linda Thorson Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Linda Thorson is Star at 20 in Avengers". Gettysburg Times. November 9, 1968. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (April 2002). Film fatales: women in espionage films and television, 1962-1973. McFarland & Company. pp. 287–289. ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8. 
  5. ^ a b Rogers, Dave (1989-08-15). The Complete Avengers: The Full Story of Britain's Smash Crime-Fighting Team!. Berlin: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-312-03187-9. 
  6. ^ Room, Adrian (1981). Naming names: stories of pseudonyms and name changes. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7100-0920-3. 
  7. ^ Behind the Scenes: The New Avengers
  8. ^ "Interview with Linda Thorson". BBC. 26 September 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "I, Audra: An Interview with Linda Thorson Part 2". The Terror Trap. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "I, Audra: An Interview with Linda Thorson". The Terror Trap. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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