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Born in 1939 in London, Jean Marsh became interested in showbusiness while taking mime and dance classes to aid her recovery from a childhood illness which had left her in need of some physical therapy.
After attending a charm school and a period working as a model, she began acting in repertory theatre and appearing as a dancer in a number of films, including Will Any Gentlemen...' (1953) during which she met and later married Jon Pertwee. She spent three years in America in a Broadway production of Much Ado About Nothing produced by Sir John Gielgud, and during that time appeared in a number of US television series including The Twilight Zone (1959).
Returning to London, her career continued to flourish on the stage, in film, and of course, television, which saw her take the roles of Princess Joanna in the 1965 Doctor Who story The Crusade, and later Sara Kingdom in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-6).
In the early seventies, she co-created the highly popular series Upstairs, Downstairs in which she also starred and in the nineties was behind The House of Elliot. She has continued to work both in front of and behind the camera in the UK and America.
She returned to Doctor Who to play the sorceress Morgaine in the seventh Doctor story Battlefield (1989).
Major film roles include playing wicked witches in Return to Oz (1985) and Willow (1988). She is also a noted author with several novels to her name.
Jean Marsh was interviewed in DWM issues 125 and 237.
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