Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Tara King on The Avengers, Emmerdale
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Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson on 18 June 1947 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, best known for playing Tara King in The Avengers (1968–69). For her role in The Avengers, Thorson received a special BAFTA at the 2000 BAFTA TV Awards along with the other three actresses from the series, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Diana Rigg.
Born Linda Robinson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada she moved to the UK in 1965 to train to be a dancer. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on 1 July 1967. Her professional name is based upon her first married name, Mrs Barry Bergthorson.
She was married to the American news anchorman and producer Bill Boggs with whom she has a son; they divorced. She has been married to production designer Gavin Mitchell since 20 November 2005.
Thorson is also bidialectal, speaking in a Canadian/American accent when she is in North America, and a British accent when she is in the United Kingdom.
Thorson is best known for her role as Tara King (succeeding Diana Rigg as Emma Peel) in the last season of the British TV adventure series, The Avengers, with the original star Patrick Macnee. She was reunited with Macnee in a commercial for Laurent-Perrier champagne in the mid 1970s which led to the series reappearing as The New Avengers, although Thorson did not reprise her role.
Since then, she appeared in character roles in many TV series and films, including Thriller, Return of the Saint, The Greek Tycoon (1978), Blind Justice (1986), Sweet Liberty (1986), and Marblehead Manor (1987). She appeared from 1989 to 1992 in the daytime drama One Life to Live as Julia Wheaton Medina. She also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing a Cardassian starship captain in the 6th season episode 'The Chase' (1993). From 1998-2000, she played Isabel in the Canadian series Emily of New Moon.
Thorson has performed in over fifty dramatic and musical stage productions, including five appearances on Broadway. She appeared in the theatre in 1971, starring alongside Michael Crawford and Anthony Valentine in the London West End hit show No Sex Please, We're British and later appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Titania at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London. In 2002, she portrayed a Supreme Court Justice in the movie Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal and Ja Rule.
Throughout 2006-07, Thorson played the villainous Rosemary King in the ITV series, Emmerdale, and most recently played Hester Salomon in a UK tour of Equus. In the summer of 2008, she appeared at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Gigi.
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Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson on 18 June 1947) is a Canadian actress, best known for playing Tara King in The Avengers (1968–69). For her role in The Avengers, Thorson received a special BAFTA at the 2000 BAFTA TV Awards along with the other three actresses from the series, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Diana Rigg.
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When leggy, 5'9" brunette actress Linda Thorson replaced Diana Rigg on the long-running British TV adventure series The Avengers, one critic summed up Thorson as "a cute trick, but not in Diana's league." Hold on there! Though Thorson was only 20, she was no mere bubble-headed starlet. The daughter of a Canadian math and physics teacher, she was a trained dancer and an alumnus of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She had previously won speaking and singing honors while in school, and was well on her way to a prestigious stage career when she was selected from a field of 200 actresses to play Tara King, the new partner of crimefighter John Steed(Patrick MacNee) on The Avengers. Some fans of the series have a low regard of Thorson's contributions, citing her misguided efforts to inject more sexual tension between Tara and Steed, and her tendency to react more fearfully to dangerous situations than the unflappable Rigg. In point of fact, Thorson was only following orders; the producers of The Avengers were responsible for the questionable "improvements" in their flagging property. After the series' cancellation in 1969, Thorson launched her stage career in earnest, racking up respectable credits on the British stage and in such films as Valentino (1977) and The Great Tycoon (1979). She won a Theatre World Award for her 1982 Broadway debut in Steaming, and proved a superb farceur in the Alan Ayckbourn stage comedy Noises Off. The mature, poised, wryly self-confident Linda Thorson who co-starred on the 1986 TV comedy series Marblehead Manor was a far cry from the slightly awkward, plucked-eyebrowed nymphet who co-starred in the waning days of The Avengers.
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Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, ON
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Jones Brown Management (LA), Noble Caplan Abrams (Canada), Douglas Gorman Rothacker & Wilhelm Inc (NYC), Belfield and Ward (UK), Phoenix Artists (NY)
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