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Ingrid Hafner

Carol Wilson (Dr Keel's Receptionist), 1961

by Alan Hayes

British actress Ingrid Hafner was born in London to an Austrian father in the late 1930s (she was reported to be 23 at the time of The Avengers). She appeared in her first feature film, Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons, in 1960. The same year saw her appear in a regular television role opposite Ian Hendry in the short-lived series, Police Surgeon, made by ABC TV. This led to her being cast in the show's direct descendent, The Avengers—once more supporting Hendry—this time as his character's receptionist, Carol Wilson. She would go on to appear in the series until Hendry decided to move on, and she was let go as the series shifted focus.

Her Avengers appearances include:

Hafner went on to appear in several more feature films, including The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965) and Philby, Burgess and MacLean: Spy Scandal of the Century (1977). She also made many stage appearances, including a 1959 production of Cyrano de Bergerac at The Old Vic, Bristol, in a cast that included Peter Wyngarde and a very young Patrick Stewart.

Ingrid's post-Avengers television work included The Main Chance, The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder and the supernatural children's serial, The Clifton House Mystery. In the 1980s, Ingrid appeared as a guest performer in the well-regarded ITV series, Robin of Sherwood, an update of the Robin Hood legend, playing Mary in the feature length episode, The Swords of Wayland. Towards the end of her career, she appeared in Take the High Road, a long-running soap-opera made by Border Television which was set in Scotland. She also made several appearances on radio in Britain, notably in the BBC's 1989 adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, in which she portrayed Mrs. Weston.

Ingrid Hafner died in England on 20 May 1994 of MND (Motor Neuron Disease).

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