June Thorburn (8 June 1931 – 4 November 1967) was a popular English actress whose career was cut short by her death in an air crash.
|Died||4 November 1967 36) (aged|
|Cause of death||Plane crash|
|Spouse(s)||Aldon Bryce-Harvey (1952–1955) (divorced) (1 child)|
Morten Smith Petersen (1959–1967) (her death) (1 child)
Thorburn was born in Karachi, then part of British India. She was the eldest of three children, including her sister Diana and her brother Keith. Her full name was Patricia June Thubron Smith. She spent most of her schooldays in boarding schools in India, since her father was a colonel in the Indian Army and therefore her parents travelled a lot. When he retired from the military, they moved back to Britain.
June began writing plays from about the age of seven. Her grandfather (Sydney Thubron) who had also spent many years in India as a design engineer, building many important bridges, made early 'movies' and she was the star in several, the first being "Her Second Birthday", when she was only two years old.
When she was 20 she left home and moved to London to pursue her career, where she met and married her first husband, Aldon Richard Bryse-Harvey. During their short and stressful marriage she bore one daughter in 1953, named Heather-Louise June. The marriage ended in divorce and June moved back to Hampshire, close to her family, for a couple of years until her career started to take off.
In 1957 she moved back to London, where shortly thereafter she met Morten Smith-Petersen, who subsequently became her second husband. She was married to him until her death in 1967. Together with Morten, she had a second daughter named Inger-Sheleen Christabel.
She appeared in her first commercial film in 1952, and quickly worked her way up from supporting roles to second female leads. One of her most notable roles in the mid-1950s was in the comedy-drama Touch and Go (1955), starring Jack Hawkins. Thorburn began to win leading roles, in British comedies such as True as a Turtle (1957) and costume dramas such as Fury at Smugglers' Bay (1961) and The Scarlet Blade (1963). Her most notable film appearance was as the Forest Queen in Tom Thumb (1958). During the early 1960s, she also appeared regularly on British television.
|1952||The Pickwick Papers||Arabella Allen|
|1953||The Cruel Sea||Doris Ferraby|
|1954||Fast and Loose||Barbara Wickham|
|1954||Delayed Action||Anne Curlew|
|1954||Orders Are Orders||Veronica Bellamy|
|1955||Children Galore||Milly Ark|
|1955||The Hornet's Nest||Pat|
|1955||Touch and Go||Peggy Fletcher|
|1957||True as a Turtle||Jane Hudson|
|1958||Tom Thumb||Forest Queen|
|1959||Broth of a Boy||Silin Lehane|
|1959||The Price of Silence||Audrey Truscott|
|1960||The 3 Worlds of Gulliver||Elizabeth|
|1960||Escort for Hire||Terry|
|1961||Fury at Smugglers' Bay||Jenny Trevenyan|
|1961||Don't Bother to Knock||Stella|
|1962||The Spanish Sword||Eleanor|
|1962||Design for Loving||Barbara Winters|
|1963||The Scarlet Blade||Claire Judd|
|1951||The Children of Camp Fortuna||Coralie||TV film|
|1953||Douglas Fairbanks Presents||Mitzi, Kathleen||Episodes: "American Duel", "The Bitter Heart"|
|1954||Sunday Night Theatre||Nellie Sellenger||Episode: "Mrs. Dot"|
|1957||Shadow Squad||Janet Falconbridge||Episodes: "Boomerang: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1957||Armchair Theatre||Felicity||Episode: "Now Let Him Go"|
|1957||ITV Play of the Week||Doris Mead, Gertie Maude, Jane Folland||Episodes: "The Gioconda Smile", "Gertie Maude", "Arrow in the Air"|
|1958||Shut Out the Night||Ann Middleton||TV film|
|1958–59||ITV Television Playhouse||Lucy, Maggie Massey||Episodes: "2000 Minus 60", "Ticket for Tomorrow"|
|1959||Meeting at Night||Connie Triple||TV film|
|1959–60||Tales of the Vikings||Jessica, Viola, Jessica||Episodes: "Saracen's Gold", "The Merchants of Venice", "The Voyage"|
|1959–60||The Four Just Men||Hilary Colson, Vicky||Episodes: "Their Man in London", "The Discovery", "Crack-Up", "The Protector", "Justice for Gino"|
|1960||International Detective||Monica||Episode: "The Oakland Case"|
|1960||Danger Man||Sue Carpenter||Episode: "The Prisoner"|
|1961||The Cheaters||Ivy||Episode: "The Man with the Ticking Head"|
|1961||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Lady Sybil Tenterden||Episode: "What Every Woman Knows"|
|1961||Anna Karenina||Kitty||TV film|
|1961||The Pursuers||Gwen Adams||Episode: "The Amateur"|
|1962||Wuthering Heights||Isabella Linton||TV film|
|1962||No Hiding Place||Barbara Reden||Episode: "Little Girl Stolen"|
|1963||Richard the Lionheart||Diane||Episode: "The Caveman"|
|1965||Riviera Police||Sheila Ward||Episode: "A Shot in the Dark... And Two in the Midday Sun/The Target"|
|1966||Blackmail||Ann Barker||Episode: "The Cream Off the Top"|
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