The recent memorial service held at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, for the agent Lindsay Granger, was attended by many of her friends, including the actors Patricia Hodge, Liz Robertson and Christopher Biggins, and other agents and casting directors. The song You’ll Never Get Away From Me, from her favourite show Gypsy, was movingly sung by Sally Ann Triplett.
From the time she was born, it was inevitable that Granger would pursue a career in the theatre. Her father was the film star Stewart Granger, who, early in his career, played in rep in Birmingham. There he married the company’s leading lady Elspeth March, who became Granger’s mother.
When the marriage broke up, Granger, then only a child, went to live with her father in Los Angeles, where he got married again, this time to the actress Jean Simmons. Simmons formed a close relationship with Granger that lasted until her death last year.
Granger began her career working with the theatre producer Mark Furness. While in South Africa in the seventies, she was invited to work for Barry Burnett’s agency. More than 20 years later, she became a partner in the firm, and its name was changed to Burnett Granger.
Between them, Granger and Burnett represented 150 clients in theatre, film and television. Granger had a keen eye for talent and paid frequent visits to drama schools, where she discovered many young actors who went on to become well-known names. In 2009, Granger retired from the agency as a result of ill health.
Burnett told The Stage: “Lindsay fought her illness with great courage and strength, which is how she lived her life, and we loved her for it.”
Lindsay Granger died on February 8, aged 65.
Richard Anthony Baker
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