Barbara Shelley (born Barbara T. Kowin; 13 February 1932) is a retired English film and television actress.
13 February 1932
|Other names||"The First Leading Lady of British Horror"|
She was at her busiest in the late 1950s (Blood of the Vampire) and 1960s when she became Hammer Horror's No. 1 female star, with The Gorgon (1964), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967) among her credits. She also appeared in Village of the Damned (1960). Although she is known as a scream queen, her most famous scream (in the aforementioned Dracula film) was dubbed by co-star Suzan Farmer.
Her television appearances include the very first Danger Man episode, 'View From A Villa' (1960), plus a subsequent episode that season, 'The Traitor' (also 1960); The Saint (TV series) (1962), two episodes of 12 O'Clock High (1965 and 1966); The Avengers episodes 'Dragonsfield' (1961) and 'From Venus With Love' (1967); the TV miniseries Prince Regent (1979); The Borgias (1981); the Blake's 7 episode 'Stardrive' (1981); the Crown Court episode 'Proof Spirits' (1981), and the Doctor Who serial Planet of Fire (1984).
- New Moon (1955)
- Supreme Confession (1956)
- Totò, Peppino and the outlaws (1956)
- Cat Girl (1957)
- The End of the Line (1957)
- The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
- Blood of the Vampire (1958)
- Murder at Site 3 (1958)
- Bobbikins (1959)
- Village of the Damned (1960)
- A Story of David (1961)
- Shadow of the Cat (1961)
- Postman's Knock (1962)
- Blind Corner (1963)
- The Secret of Blood Island (1964)
- The Gorgon (1964)
- Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
- Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
- Quatermass and the Pit (1967) released in US as 5 Million Years to Earth(1967)*
- The Spy Killer (1969)
- Ghost Story (1974)
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Barbara Shelley on IMDb
- Clarke, Donald (2 November 2010). "Mark Gatiss's History of Horror". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010.
- "A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss – Home Counties Horror Ep 2/3". BBC. 18 October 2010.