Juliet Mills

Juliet Maryon Mills (born 21 November 1941) is a British-American actress.[1] She is the daughter of actor Sir John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell and the eldest of three siblings; her younger siblings are actress Hayley Mills and director Jonathan Mills.[2]

Juliet Mills
Juliet Mills, circa 1974
Juliet Maryon Mills

(1941-11-21) 21 November 1941
London, England, U.K.
CitizenshipBritish / American
EducationElmhurst Ballet School
Years active1942–present
Russell Alquist Jr.
(m. 1961; div. 1974)

Michael Miklenda
(m. 1975; div. 1980)

Parent(s)Sir John Mills
Mary Hayley Bell
RelativesHayley Mills (sister)

Mills began her career as a child actress and was nominated for a Tony Award for her stage performance in Five Finger Exercise in 1960. She progressed to film work and then to television, playing the lead role on the sitcom Nanny and the Professor in the early 1970s. She received Golden Globe Award nominations for her work in this series and for her role in the film Avanti! in 1972. She won an Emmy Award for her performance in the television miniseries QB VII (1974). In 1983, Mills joined The Mirror Theater Ltd's Mirror Repertory Company, performing in repertory productions such as Rain, Paradise Lost, Inheritors and The Hasty Heart throughout their seasons.[3] From 1999 until 2008, she had a role on the daytime drama series Passions,[4] for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.

Early life

Mills was born in London during World War II (1941), though her parents, actor Sir John Mills and playwright Mary Hayley Bell, soon moved the family to the country to be away from the German Luftwaffe raids. She is the elder sister of actress Hayley Mills and director Jonathan Mills. Because of her parents' fame, Mills grew up surrounded by famous actors, including Rex Harrison, David Niven and Marlon Brando. She recalled her childhood in the 2000 documentary film Sir John Mills' Moving Memories, written by her brother. Her godmother was actress Vivien Leigh, and her godfather was playwright Noël Coward.[5] She attended the Elmhurst Ballet School, in Camberley, Surrey.[6]


As a child, Mills appeared as an extra in various films, including a role as Freda's 11-week-old baby in the 1942 film In Which We Serve, starring her father.[6][7] Her first major role came in 1958, when she was 16, in the Peter Shaffer play Five Finger Exercise, as "Pamela Harrington". The show ran one year in London, and then moved to the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. In 1960, Mills was nominated for a Tony Award as "Best Featured Actress" for her performance as Pamela.

In the 1960s, she would act both in films and on television, including the film, The Rare Breed with James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara, and on television series such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ben Casey and 12 O'Clock High. The 1970s saw her working mostly in television, although she has stated that the highlight of her film career was the film Avanti! (1972), directed by Billy Wilder, in which she starred with Jack Lemmon, and for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1973.[8] Mills also appeared in a two-part 1987 episode of the TV series The Love Boat playing Barbara Danver, wife of Alan Danver, played by Dan Rowan, one half of the comedy duo Rowan & Martin.

She is perhaps best known for starring on the American television series Nanny and the Professor, which was called an American version of Mary Poppins.[5] She played Phoebe Figalilly, a nanny with magical powers. Mills has stated that she herself believes in magic, witches and fairies: "There's a lot more, you know, in the aether and around us ... We have guides, and we have angels taking care of us ... I believe in metaphysics, in a big way."[4] She was again nominated for another Golden Globe Award in 1971 for the same role. Despite strong ratings, the series ran only two seasons, in 1970 and 1971. When it moved from a timeslot near The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch, two hugely successful sitcoms, to a different night of the week, ratings fell eventually leading to its cancellation.[5]

In 1974, she won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special" for her performance in the miniseries adaptation of QB VII. During the 1974–75 television season, she also had a recurring role as Dr. Claire Hanley on NBC's Born Free. In 1980, Mills returned to the stage, starring in The Elephant Man, with Maxwell Caulfield. The two actors hit it off, and the younger Caulfield became her third husband, leading Mills to withdraw from acting for a time. In 1999, she was cast on the daytime drama Passions as Tabitha Lenox, a witch who was burned at the stake in the 17th century. Initially, the character wished harm on other people, but in a June 2007 episode, the character was declared a "good witch."[9] Mills was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress" for the role.[5]

The series ended in August 2008. In 2009, Mills joined the cast the ITV drama Wild at Heart, playing "Georgina", the sister of a character played in the previous series by her real-life sister Hayley. She also guest-starred in two episodes of Hot in Cleveland as Philipa Scroggs, the mother of Joy (played by Jane Leeves).

Personal life

Mills has been married three times. The first time was from 1961 to 1964, to Russell Alquist, Jr.,[2] with whom she had a son, Sean. Her second marriage was from 1975 to 1980 to Michael Miklenda, with whom she had a second child, a daughter, Melissa. In 1980, Mills married Maxwell Caulfield, 18 years her junior. Mills said of the age difference, "Everybody is always interested in the fact that I am married to someone who is a lot younger than I am ... There are no rules, and that's what I believe, because age doesn't really matter. If you meet someone that you're really close to, someone that you love, stick with that."[4]

Caulfield is stepfather to Melissa Miklenda, Mills' daughter from her second marriage, and to Sean Alquist, Mills' son from her first marriage.[10] Mills became a naturalised United States citizen on 10 October 1975.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1942 In Which We Serve Freda's Baby
1947 So Well Remembered Young Julie
1947 The October Man Young girl
1949 The History of Mr. Polly Little Polly
1961 No My Darling Daughter Tansy Carr
1962 Twice Round the Daffodils Catty
1963 Nurse on Wheels Joanna Jones
1963 Carry On Jack Sally
1966 The Rare Breed Hilary Price
1966 The Wrong Box Woman on Train No credit
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Nurse
1972 The Pebbles of Etratat Florence
1972 Avanti! Pamela Piggott
1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
1974 Beyond the Door Jessica Barrett
1976 The Second Power Estefanía
1992 Waxwork II: Lost in Time The Defense Lawyer
1999 The Other Sister Winnie
2013 Lucky Stiff Miss Thorsby
2014 Some Kind of Beautiful Joan
2018 Running for Grace Grandmother


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Mrs. Miniver Carol Beldon TV film
1962 ITV Television Playhouse Carol Episode: "The Morning After"
1962 Man of the World Carla Episode: "The Mindreader"
1963 It Happened Like This Joan Episode: "Three of a Kind"
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Eva Episode: "The Adriatic Express Affair"
1966 Ben Casey Joan Lloyd Episode: "Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes, Here Comes the Cold Wind of Truth"
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Paula Episode: "The Imposter"
1966 12 O'Clock High Sydney Vivyan / Helen Conboy Episodes: "The Slaughter Pen", "Siren Voices"
1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Mary Lewis Episode: "Time of Flight"
1967 Wings of Fire Lisa TV film
1967 The Revenue Men Jill Lacey Episode: "Borderline"
1967 Coronet Blue Margaret Crowell Episode: "Man Running"
1968 Sherlock Holmes Grace Dunbar Episode: "Thor Bridge"
1970 The Challengers Mary McCabe TV film
1970-1971 Nanny and the Professor Nanny Phoebe Figalilly Lead role (54 episodes)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Julia Finney Episode: "The Man Who Murdered Himself"
1971 Stage 2 Kate Hardcastle Episode: "She Stoops to Conquer"
1973 Letters from Three Lovers Maggie TV film
1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Susan Moroni Episode: "Alone with Terror"
1974 QB VII Samantha Cady Miniseries
1974 Born Free Dr. Claire Hanley Episodes: "Pilot", "The Flying Doctor of Kenya"
1974 Harry O Margaret Ballinger Episode: "Ballinger's Choice"
1974-1975 Match Game 74 self (celebrity panelist) Multiple episodes[12][13]
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Louise Carpenter Episode: "Public Secrets"
1975 Hawaii Five-O Lady Sybil Danby Episode: "Termination with Extreme Prejudice"
1975 The Wide World of Mystery Isobel Episode: "Demon, Demon"
1975 Matt Helm Caroline Jeffries Episode: "Death Rods"
1976 Ellery Queen Florence Ames Episode: "The Adventure of the Hardhearted Huckster"
1976 Once an Eagle Joyce Miniseries
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Myra TV film
1977 Wonder Woman Queen Kathryn Episode: "The Queen and the Thief"
1977 Barnaby and Me Jennifer TV film
1978 Switch Alicia Alden Episode: "Coronado Circle"
1978 Police Woman Amy Hollis Episode: "Sixth Sense"
1978, 1979
1980, 1984
Fantasy Island Various 4 episodes
1978-1984 The Love Boat Various 8 episodes
1979 The Cracker Factory Tinkerbell TV film
1980 Hart to Hart Kate Matthews Episode: "Downhill to Death"
1984 Dynasty Rosalind Bedford Episodes: "The Secret", "That Holiday Spirit"
1985 All My Children Judge Edith Hogan TV series
1985, 1987 Hotel Grace Cauldwell / Joanne Bentley Episodes: "Fallen Idols", "Pitfalls"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Annette Pirage Episode: "Witness for the Defense"
1988 The Law & Harry McGraw Isobel McKechnie Episode: "Maginnis for the People"
1989 Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again Vivianne de Biron Miniseries
1990 Monsters Cara Raymond Episode: "Outpost"
1992 Columbo Eileen Hacker Episode: "No Time to Die"
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Alice Tanner TV film
1998 Air America Helen Vendler Episode: "The Hit"
1999-2008 Passions Tabitha Lenox Main role (990 episodes)
2009 Wild at Heart Georgina Recurring role (8 episodes)
2008-2009 Four Seasons Lady Florence Combe Miniseries
2010, 2013
2014, 2015
Hot in Cleveland Philipa Episodes: "Meet the Parents", "Magic Diet Candy",
"Murder House", "Say Yes to the Mess"
2014 From Here on OUT Dottie Cooper Regular (6 episodes)
2017 Time After Time Mrs. Nelson Episode: "Pilot"


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Five Finger Exercise Pamela Harrington Comedy Theatre; London, England
1964 Alfie! Gilda Broadway
1966 Lady Windermere's Fan Phoenix Theatre; London, England
1969 She Stoops to Conquer Garrick Theatre; London, England
1987 Valley of the Dolls Narrator Audiobook recording by Phoenix Books
1997 Blithe Spirit Ruth Lauren K. Woods Theatre; West Long Branch, NJ
1998 Dial M for Murder Cape Playhouse; Cape Cod, MA
2010 Bedroom Farce Delia UK Tour[14]
2015 Legends! Sylvia Glenn Australian Tour[15]
2019 The Lady Vanishes Miss Froy UK Tour[16]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1971 Golden Globe Awards Best TV Actress – Musical/Comedy Nanny and the Professor Nominated
1973 Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy Avanti! Nominated
1975 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special QB VII Won
2000 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Villain Passions Nominated
2001 Outstanding Villainess Nominated
2003 Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominated
2004 TV Land Awards Superlatively Supernatural Nanny and the Professor Nominated
2005 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Passions Nominated


  1. Certificate of Naturalization as a United States Citizen #10116847, filed U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, California (date: 10 October 1975), ancestry.com.
  2. Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-84854-195-5.
  3. "Married Actors Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield in a Scene from the Mirror Repertory Theatre Production of the Play "Paradise Lost." (New York)." NYPL Digital Collections. N.p., 1983. Web. 13 January 2017. <https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/01d98750-c02c-0132-5ac6-58d385a7bbd0>.
  4. Soapography, "Juliet Mills and Greg Vaughn"
  5. Crook, John (21 August 2005). "Mills is bewitching – Emmy-winning actress charms fans of NBC's soap Passions". Chicago Tribune.
  6. Who's Who in the Theatre, 17th ed. Gale Research, 1981
  7. Byrne, Bridget (5 July 2005). "The enchantment of the acting life – It cast a spell on Juliet Mills when she was young, and the Passions actress continues to relish its magic". Orlando Sentinel.
  8. "Golden Globes, USA, Awards for 1973". Retrieved 20 August 2013.
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  10. Maxwell Caulfield biography at FilmReference.com; accessed 10 April 2011.
  11. (No. 10116847), US District Court, Los Angeles, California, Petition #364323
  12. "Match Game 74 (Episode 130) Taped 12-23-73". Facebook. Retrieved 16 November 2019. Greg Morris, Brett Somers, Morey Amsterdam, Juliet Mills, Richard Dawson, and Fannie Flagg
  13. "Match Game 74 (Episode 368) (Happy New Year 1975)". Retrieved 16 November 2019. James Darren, Brett Somers, Nipsey Russell, Juliet Mills, Richard Dawson, and Betty White
  14. Woolman, Natalie (24 June 2010). "Maxwell Caulfield to lead touring cast of Bedroom Farce | News". The Stage. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  15. "Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills in Australian Premiere of Legends | Stage Whispers". www.stagewhispers.com.au. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  16. Staff, Editorial (19 February 2019). "INTERVIEW: Juliet Mills on The Lady Vanishes and touring with husband Maxwell Caulfield". British Theatre. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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