Zena Walker (7 March 1934 – 24 August 2003) was an English actress in film, theatre and television.
Zena Walker in The Marked One (1963)
7 March 1934
|Died||24 August 2003 69) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Urquhart (divorced) ( 2 children)|
Julian Holloway 1971-? (divorced)
John French ?-2003 (her death)
Zena Walker was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, the daughter of George Walker, a grocer, and his wife Elizabeth Louise (née Hammond). She attended St. Martin's School in Solihull, and then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
She appeared twice in the TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, the second time in the 1958 episode "Women's War".
Her most memorable performance is considered that of a mother in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1969), a black comedy by Peter Nichols, adapted from his stage play, about a handicapped child. For her performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on Broadway, Walker won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
She was a memorable Ophelia in Hamlet (opposite Paul Scofield in the title role), and appeared as Her Ladyship in the film version of Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser (1983). Between 1970 and 1972, she appeared in the television series Man at the Top as Susan Lampton.
Walker married three times. Her first two husbands were actors: Robert Urquhart and later Julian Holloway. Her third husband was John French, a theatrical agent, who survived her. She died in 2003 in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, aged 69, from undisclosed causes. Her last role was as the messenger in Oedipus.
- Snowball (1960)
- Danger Tomorrow (1960)
- The Hellions (1961)
- Emergency (1962)
- The Traitors (1962)
- The Marked One (1963)
- Sammy Going South (1963)
- Girl in the Headlines (1963)
- Troubled Waters (1964)
- Daylight Robbery (1964)
- Change Partners (1965)
- The Prisoner (1967) as Janet.
- The Reckoning (1969)
- The Last Shot You Hear (1969)
- Cromwell (1970)
- Callan (1970)
- One of Those Things (1971)
- The Chairman's Wife (1971)
- The Likely Lads (1976)
- The Dresser (1983)