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Katherine Woodville

By coincidence, the actress Katherine Woodville had the good fortune to be associated with two cult television shows.

In Britain, she appeared in the first episode of the spy send-up The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee, never without his bowler hat, and the more enticingly attired Honor Blackman, clad in black leather, in 1961. Seven years later, on the other side of the Atlantic, Woodville played the priestess Natira in an episode of the original Star Trek series – the show that went on to spawn no fewer than 12 movies to date.

Woodville’s career started at the age of 16 when she appeared in a touring production of TS Eliot’s masterpiece Murder in the Cathedral. Her first major television role came in 1960, when she played Helena Landless, an orphan brought from Ceylon to be educated in Britain, in an adaptation of Dickens’ last and unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Television kept her busy during the 1960s. In an adaptation of Sartre’s In Camera, she played opposite Harold Pinter, who began his career as an actor. She made other television appearances in Z-Cars, Danger Man, The Saint and No Hiding Place.

In 1967, she moved to the US, where she was seen in Mission Impossible, The Rockford Files and Wonder Woman. She retired from acting at the end of the 1970s and started a business breeding and training horses.

Katherine Woodville, who was born in London on December 4, 1938, died in Portland, Oregon, on June 5 at the age of 74.

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