Honor Blackman

Actor
Lovely, seductive, and absolutely able to take care of herself in a jam, Honor Blackman helped to establish the tough girl persona that would be adopted and honed in later decades by successors like Milla Jovovich and ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1927 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (38)

Cockneys Vs. Zombies 2013 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

I, Anna 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reuniting the Rubins 2012 (Movie)

Gran Rubins (Actor)

Color Me Kubrick 2007 (Movie)

Madame (Actor)

The American Embassy 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot Gold 2001 (Movie)

Madeline Dubouir (Actor)

To Walk With Lions 1999 (Movie)

Joy Adamson (Actor)

The World of James Bond 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Garden 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Voice of the Heart 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Adversary 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin's Nest 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cat and the Canary 1978 (Movie)

Susan Sillsby (Actor)

Age of Innocence 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Boswell (Actor)

The Rebel 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

To the Devil, a Daughter 1975 (Movie)

Anna Fountain (Actor)

Something Big 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Morgan (Actor)

Fright 1970 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

The Last Grenade 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Katherine Whiteley (Actor)

The Avengers 1965 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Virgin and the Gypsy 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Fawcett (Actor)

Twinky 1969 (Movie)

Mummy (Actor)

Shalako 1968 (Movie)

Lady Daggett (Actor)

The Wide Open Door 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Life at the Top 1965 (Movie)

Norah Hauxley (Actor)

Moment to Moment 1965 (Movie)

Daphne Fields (Actor)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

Pussy Galore (Actor)

The Secret of My Success 1964 (Movie)

Baroness von Lukenberg (Actor)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

Hera (Actor)

A Night to Remember 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Lucas (Actor)

The Rainbow Jacket 1954 (Movie)

Monica Tyler (Actor)

Fame Is the Spur 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lace (TV Show)

Actor

The Sight (TV Show)

Actor

VE Day: Remembering Victory (TV Show)

Interviewee

Biography

Lovely, seductive, and absolutely able to take care of herself in a jam, Honor Blackman helped to establish the tough girl persona that would be adopted and honed in later decades by successors like Milla Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale. The London native moved from stage to screen for roles in features like "Quartet" (1948) and "A Night to Remember" (1958), but would first find genuine fame on television with the droll adventure series "The Avengers" (ITV, 1961-69). As leather-clad tough girl Cathy Gale, Blackman wowed viewers with her femininity and physicality, and that appealing combination led her to be cast in the classic James Bond film "Goldfinger" (1964) as the memorably monikered Pussy Galore. Although many of the female leads in 007 adventures fell victim to the so-called "Bond Girl Curse," Blackman's career moved along in the wake of "Goldfinger," though the majority of her subsequent films proved to be minor and/or forgettable. She instead found satisfaction working on the stage in productions like "Wait Until Dark" and made periodic appearances on both American and British television. Although Blackman never became a top-tier star, she essayed two iconic characters and proved to be a dependable and desirable performer, expanding her already impressive résumé with assignments right up through her mid-eighties.

Relationships

Lottie Kaufmann

Daughter

Barnaby Kaufmann

Son

Maurice Kaufmann

Husband
married in 1963 divorced in 1975

Bill Sankey

Husband
married in 1946 divorced in 1956

EDUCATION

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in "Colour Me Kubrick," the true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick

2001

Played supporting role of Penny, a family friend, in "Bridget Jones's Diary"

1999

Portrayed Joy Adamson in the feature "To Walk With Lions"

1995

Interviewed for Fox's "The World of James Bond"

1994

Provided the voice of Mrs. Medlock for ABC's animated musical version of "The Secret Garden"

1990

Portrayed Doris Asterman in two-part syndicated "Voice of the Heart"

1990

Began as Laura on "The Upper Hand", an anglicized version of American TV's "Who's the Boss"; Blackman gave a lusty performance as a character with a passion for anything wearing pants

1987

Acted in "The Secret Adversary", a two-part adapatation of the Agatha Christie story airing on "Mystery!" (PBS)

1984

Played Ursula Schumann in NBC miniseries, "The First Olympics: Athens 1896"

1984

Appeared in ABC miniseries "Lace"

1979

Last feature to date, "The Cat and the Canary"

1975

Portrayed Margaret Stevenson in "The Rebel" (CBS), the third presenatation of a four-part series on Benjamin Franklin

1970

Kidnapped by Dean Martin in Andrew McLaglen's questionable comedy-western, "Something Big"

1968

Worked again with Connery in "Shalako"

1968

Reteamed with Chaffey for "A Twist of Sand"

1965

Acted "Life at the Top", a sequel to "Room at the Top"

1964

Delivered memorable turn as villainous martial arts expert Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger", starring Sean Connery as James Bond

1963

Played Hera in Don Chaffey's "Jason and the Argonauts"

1958

Appeared in early Titanic film, "A Night to Remember"

1954

TV debut as series regular on "The Vise" (ABC)

1947

Film debut in "Fame is the Spur"

1946

Stage debut, "The Gleam"

Raised in Chiswick, west London

Was working as an understudy in the West End when picked by Rank for grooming as a starlet in late 1940s

Starred on British TV in "The Avengers", exited after 52 episodes, before the series arrived on American screens; played Catherine Gale

Taught to box by father at age five

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list her birth date as Aug. 22, 1926.

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