Mary Peach

Mary Peach (born 20 October 1934) is a South African-born British film and television actress, who was married to the screenwriter and director Jimmy Sangster until his death in 2011.[1]

Mary Peach
Born (1934-10-20) 20 October 1934
Years active1957–1995
Spouse(s)Jimmy Sangster (1995–2011) (his death) (1 child)
Thomas Clyde 1961–?


Peach was born in Durban. After being nominated for a BAFTA Award as most promising newcomer for the 1959 film Room at the Top, she went on to appear on many British films and television series over the next 25 years. She starred opposite Rock Hudson in the film A Gathering of Eagles and in 1970 she appeared in the film Scrooge, a musical version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol starring Albert Finney.

She appeared as a regular in the TV series Couples, Inside Story, the 1966 BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Fox, the Doctor Who serial The Enemy of the World and in 1978 she starred opposite Ian McShane in Disraeli. When Diana Rigg left The Avengers in 1968, she was one of the actresses considered for the role of Steed's new assistant.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1959 Room at the Top June Samson
1959 The Lady Is a Square Mrs. Freddy
1960 Follow That Horse! Susan Turner
1961 No Love for Johnnie Pauline West
1962 A Pair of Briefs Frances Pilbright
1963 A Gathering of Eagles Victoria Caldwell
1965 Ballad in Blue Peggy Harrison
1966 The Projected Man Dr. Patricia Hill
1988 Grandmother's House Fay
1992 Mothers and Daughters Fay
1995 Cutthroat Island Lady


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Esmé Divided Gladys Pilcher TV film
1957 Armchair Theatre Lady Jane Graham "The Human Touch"
1958 Armchair Theatre Hilda Wangel / Asta "The Master Builder", "The Rat Wife"
1960 Inside Story Kathy Webb TV series
1961 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Jill Barrington "Nightmare"
1963 ITV Television Playhouse Jean Fowler "The Outcasts"
1966–67 The Three Musketeers Milady de Winter TV series
1967 The Saint Smolenko "The Gadget Lovers"
1967 ITV Play of the Week Helene Bang "One Fat Englishman"
1967 Theatre 625 Jane Dee "The Magicians: Dr. Dee, Kelly and the Spirits"
1967–68 Doctor Who Astrid Ferrier Main role (The Enemy of the World)
1969 W. Somerset Maugham Violet Saffary "The Back of Beyond"
1971 Hadleigh Mrs. Billingham "Invasion"
1971 The Ten Commandments Hilda "Hilda"
1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Pat "The Birthday Run"
1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Angie / Angela "A Marriage", "When the Music Stops"
1972 Love Story Hannah "A Memory of Two Loves"
1973 Play for Today Elizabeth "Access to the Children"
1973 Menace Diana "Valentine"
1973 Fixation Kay Hughes TV film
1974 Dial M for Murder Linda Grady "Whatever's Peter Playing At?"
1975 Rooms Alison Richards "Alison: Parts 1 & 2"
1976 Couples Tricia Roland TV series
1976 Can You Keep a Secret Janet Pierce TV film
1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Mae TV film
1977 ITV Playhouse Helen Johnson "Blind Love"
1978 Crown Court Dr. Ruth Wilkins "The Song Not the Singer: Part 1"
1978 Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic Mary Anne Lewis "Dizzy", "Mary Anne", "The Great Game 1858-1872"
1980 Fox Peg Guest role
1982 The Gentle Touch Paula Livesey "Cause and Effect"
1983 The Aerodrome Florence TV film
1984 The Far Pavilions Mrs. Harlowe TV miniseries
1985 A.D. Peasant "Part 1"


  1. Newman, Kim (21 August 2011). "Jimmy Sangster obituary: Screenwriter behind Hammer films such as Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. Cheshire, Ellen (2002). "Women on British Television: Top 10 Female Icons". VideoVista. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
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