Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend (born January 25, 1945) is an American actress best known for her roles as Elizabeth Chynoweth in Poldark and Dulcey Coopersmith in the 1967 western television series Cimarron Strip.

Jill Townsend
Townsend in 1967.
Born (1945-01-25) January 25, 1945
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, Reporter
Years active1967–1985
Nicol Williamson
(m. 1971; div. 1977)

Tom Sutton
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Bob Sorel
(m. 19??)

Life and career

Townsend was born in Santa Monica, California. Her father, Robert Townsend, a former head of Avis, wrote the bestseller Up The Organization.[1]

After co-starring with Nicol Williamson (in John Osborne's 1965 stageplay "Inadmissable Evidence") they were married between 1971 and 1977.[2] Her son Luke Williamson was born in 1973,[3] but in 1976 she and Nicol Williamson parted temporarily,[4] after Townsend began a relationship with Alan Price, her co-star in Alfie Darling.[5]

Townsend ended her acting career in 1985. She studied at the London School of Journalism and worked as a journalist for the Daily Mail, contributing a page for the financial section. She moved back to the United States in 1989.

She worked as a council trainer and facilitator at Crossroads School, Santa Monica, California and several others schools from 1989 to 1995.

She was on the Board of Directors at Leadership Directories, Inc. starting in 1993 but is no longer serving.

She is currently married to Bob Sorel.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Spirit Is Willing Jenny Pruitt / Priscilla Weems / Carol Weems
1972 Sitting Target Maureen
1975 Alfie Darling Abby Summers
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Mrs. Holmes
1980 The Awakening Anne Corbeck


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Hawk Belinda "The Living End of Sisterbaby"
1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Sherilee "The Drublegratz Affair"
1967–68 Cimarron Strip Dulcey Coopersmith Main role
1969 The Wild Wild West Sylvia Nolan "The Night of the Sabatini Death"
1969 Bonanza Abigail Hought "Another Windmill to Go"
1969 The Name of the Game Jackie Buchanan "The Perfect Image"
1969 The Virginian Roseanna "Black Jade"
1970 Ironside Betty "Eden Is the Place We Leave"
1970 Family Affair Anne Williams "Angel in the Family"
1972 The Golden Bowl Maggie Verver TV miniseries
1972 The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Mrs. Dulfeet TV film
1973 The Protectors Monica Davies "Wam: Parts 1 & 2"
1975 The Sweeney Jenny Peters "Ringer"
1975–1977 Poldark Elizabeth Main role
1977 Space: 1999 Sahala "Dorzak"
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King "Ship of Spies"


  1. "Robert Townsend, 77, Dies - Wrote 'Up the Organization' - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. January 14, 1998. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. People, April 5, 1976, Vol. 5, No. 13 Who's Afraid of Nicol Williamson? Everyone but His Spouse, Jill Townsend
  3. New York Magazine, dated June 14, 1976, p. 61, No Split Seen for Williamsons Online
  4. Winston Graham, Memoirs of a Private Man (Pan Macmillan, 2003). Accessed 7 January 2015
  5. "Jill Townsend-Sorel". councilofgrandmothers-ojai.org. Retrieved January 18, 2015.

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