Shirley Jaffe (actress)

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Shirley Jaffe
Years active1969–1977, 2002–2014

Shirley Jaffe is a British actress who returned to acting in 2002 after teaching drama for 20 years, and performing in murder mysteries and poetry recitals.


Shirley trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama in 1954, and among other jobs was in the first British Theatre in the Round Company at Scarborough with Stephen Joseph and later Alan Ayckbourn, and in the last year of long running TV serial Emergency Ward 10 as Nurse Angela Foster. Shirley's film work began in 1970 as a maid in Peter Sasdy's Taste the Blood of Dracula. In 1971 she made a brief appearance in Stanley Kubrick's controversial film A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm McDowell, as a nurse who helps administer Alex's first round of Ludovico's treatment. (Some sources erroneously identify her as the victim of Billy Boy's gang.) This was her last film appearance for close to 35 years.

Shirley has also appeared on television in Michael Jackson's Earth Song music video, and as a Greek Nun in Little Britain Abroad. Shirley directed and acted in plays in Brighton, Edinburgh, The West End and Helsinki festivals and most recently played Irene in award-winning British feature Ambleton Delight. Shirley was nominated for a Star award in the Brighton Fringe for Nana in new musical Here Comes the Bride. She was also seen in a commercial for the Alzeimers drug Aricept (filmed in South Africa), The Flophouse on the web, and a short film by Simon Wilkinson at Blatchington Mill School.

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