14 February 1944 |
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Ros Drinkwater (born 14 February 1944) is a Scottish-born actress, best known for her portrayal of Paul Temple's wife, Steve, in the eponymous television series, based on the character created by Francis Durbridge. She later moved into photojournalism.
Drinkwater worked as a dancer in Las Vegas before turning to acting. In the late 1960s, she appeared in a number of episodes of British television series, including Dr Finlay's Casebook ("A Matter of Confidence", 1966), Champion House ("The Saddest Words", 1967), The Saint ("Invitation to Danger", 1968) and Special Branch ("The Kazmirov Affair", 1969). She also appeared briefly in the film Song of Norway (1970) as one of Franz Liszt's friends.
Drinkwater's best known role was as Steve Temple (née Louise Harvey but in the earlier radio serials was a Fleet Street journalist using the name Steve Trent)  the wife of writer/detective Paul Temple (Francis Matthews), in Paul Temple (1969–71). This was a co-production by the BBC and Taurus films of Munich, West Germany. According to Matthews, Drinkwater chose her own "very expensive" designer clothes for the part.
Paul Temple lasted for two years and was popular in West Germany. There appears to have been some disagreement between the BBC and Taurus over the casting of Steve Temple (who had been played in the radio series of Paul Temple from 1945-68 by Marjorie Westbury), the BBC wishing to drop Drinkwater, but Taurus favouring her retention.
- Internet Movie Database. Ros is pronounced "Ross".
- Filmography, The Paul Temple Collection (Acorn Media DVD, 2009); Internet Movie Database
- The Radio Companion, (published by HarperCollins 1991)
- Francis Matthews interview for The Paul Temple Collection (Acorn Media DVD, 2009)
- In the dubbed German version of the series, Temple referred to his wife as Stiefelchen (little boot).