Gillian Raine

Gillian Mary Lorraine (28 December 1926[1][2] – 19 June 2018[3]), known professionally as Gillian Raine, was a British actress, singer and the wife of the actor Leonard Rossiter from 1964-1984 (his death), though they had been living together since 1962. They had one daughter, Camilla (b. 1972).[4]

Gillian Raine
Gillian Mary Lorraine

(1926-12-28)28 December 1926
Died19 June 2018(2018-06-19) (aged 91)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1946–2018
Spouse(s)Leonard Rossiter (1964–1984)
ChildrenCamilla Rossiter

Raine appeared in a variety of repertory theatre, TV drama and film productions.[5] Her theatre works included Hedda Gabler (as Juliana Tesman), 2005, at The Duke of York's Theatre, Richard Eyre’s production of La Grande Magia for the National Theatre, Mike Bradwell’s Mackerel Sky at the Bush Theatre and Bill Bryden’s production of A Month in the Country at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and in the West End at the Albery Theatre. Film work included Darling and A Night to Remember and on television Kiss Me Kate, Suddenly Last Summer, Vanity Fair, A Very Peculiar Practice and Under the Hammer. She met Rossiter when they were both appearing in the play Semi-Detached in 1962 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. At this time Leonard was married to Josephine Tewson. During the play's second run at the Belgrade, in September 1963, Leonard and Gillian fell in love and started to live together, although they did not to marry until 1972.[6] She played the part of Phyllis Bennett in the 1987 TV Series, The Charmer starring Nigel Havers, and appeared as Harriet Longthorn in New Tricks (S5:E3, "A Face for Radio," 2008). Raine died in 2018 at the age of 91.[7]

Selected filmography


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