Jane Merrow

Jane was the first female student at The National Youth Theatre, later trained at RADA, and was chosen by Peter O’Toole to play Alais in the film The Lion In Winter opposite O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn, She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the film.

Her most recent feature film is The Haunting of Margam Castle directed by Andrew Jones.

She worked for Hammer Films in The Phantom Of The Opera which was directed by Terence Fisher, and Hands Of The Ripper – directed by Peter Sasdy. Jane also played the lead in Michael Winner’s The System with Oliver Reed.

Among her many film credits are: 

  • The System (US title The Girl Getters), directed by Michael Winner. 
  • Almosting It (director William Von Tagen). 
  • Night of the Big Heat (directed by Terence Fisher). 
  • Assignment K (directed by Val Guest). 
  • Diagnosis Murder (directed by Sidney Hayers).
  • Adam’s Woman (directed by Philip Leacock). 
  • The Horror at 37.000 Feet (directed by David Lowell Rich). 
  • The Patricia Neal Story (directed by Anthony Harvey and Anthony Page). 
  • The Appointment (directed by Lindsey C. Vickers). 
  • A Time for Love (directed by Rick Jason). 
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (directed by Barry Crane). 
  • Catacombs (directed by Gordon Hessler. 
  • For Hammer Films she acted in Hands of the Ripper (directed by Peter Sasdy), The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Terence Fisher). 

Her great many cult television credits on both sides of the Atlantic include:

  • The Prisoner and Danger Man, both opposite Patrick McGoohan. 
  • Two episodes of The Saint opposite Roger Moore. 
  • Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) 
  • Lorna Doone. 
  • The Avengers
  • Magnum P.I. with Tom Selleck. 
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Airwolf, Gideon’s Way
  • The Baron
  • Man in a Suitcase
  • Strange Report
  • Alias Smith and Jones
  • Mannix
  • Police Woman (with Angie Dickinson)
  • Van Der Valk
  • Hart to Hart
  • Lovejoy
  • MacGyver
  • Sharpe
  • Mission:Impossible (opposite Leonard Nimoy)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Cannon
  • The Plane Makers
  • UFO
  • The Incredible Hulk. 

Specials for BBC and ITV Play of the Month and Sunday specials feature length films for television. 

David Mercer’s Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment opposite Ian Hendry. 1984, and for Thames Television/ITV the feature length episode of Carmilla playing Carmilla. Part of the Mystery and Imagination series. She also had an Played an ongoing leading role in BBC’s series The Accused.

Jane has also made and starred in several award winning short films most recently Last Embrace and Cougar. 

Her own production of New Chilling Tales is currently playing on Amazon Prime in the UK and America. 

Her many stage roles include playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth  at The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth. 

Country Dance with Edward Fox at The Hampstead Theatre. 

In America a one woman show playing Vivien Leigh and Emilia in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. 

An US tour of Arsenic and Old Lace. 

Jane has written the book Being an Actor, which is available in audio and written format from Amazon

Photographs by Cary Judd and Chris Bailey

© Bowington Management

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