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Linda Thorson    

Linda Thorson

Tara King, 1968-69

by David K. Smith

She was born Linda Robinson on 18 June 1947 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Great Britain in 1965 where she trained as a dancer. An alumna of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she won speaking and singing honors (soprano), Linda's professional career was launched quite abruptly at the tender age of 20 when she was selected to replace Diana Rigg as John Steed's partner, choosing for herself the name of Tara King ("Tara" from Gone With the Wind and "King" from "King and Country"). After the demise of The Avengers, she continued to accumulate a respectable list of stage, film and television appearances.

Linda shortened her married name from her first husband, Barry Bergthorson, for her stage name. Previously married three times, on 20 November 2005 she married her longtime partner Gavin Mitchel, currently lives in New York City, and has a son, Trevor, from a previous marriage. Rumor has it she once dated Frank Sinatra, having met him while dating Harry Guardino; Sinatra became the godfather of her son.
 

 Awards

  • BAFTA (2000) for The Avengers
  • Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in Steaming
  • Drama Desk Award for Noises Off

 Links

 Stage

2005

The Countess

2004

Final Judgment

2001  

Putting It Together

2000

Amy's View

1982

Steaming

19??

Noises Off

19??

A Month in the Country

19??

Woyzeck

19??

The Three Sisters

19??

The Seagull

19??

Bajazet

19??

A Midsummer Night's Dream

19??

The Merchant of Venice

19??

No Sex, Please, We're British

19??

My Fat Friend

  

 Film

2005

Straight Into Darkness

Maria

2004

Touch of Pink

Giles' Mother

2002

Half Past Dead

Jane McPherson

1999

Giving It Up, a.k.a. Casanova Falling

Marlene Gigante

1999

The Other Sister

Diana Carey-Lewis

1986

Sweet Liberty

Grace James

1985

Joey

Principal O'Neill

1985

Walls of Glass, a.k.a. Flannagan

Andrea

1983

Curtains

Brooke Parsons

1978

The Greek Tycoon

Angela

1977

Valentino

Billie Streeter

  

 Teleplays/TV Movies

1999

Dead Silence

1999

Mind Prey

1986

Blind Justice

Pamela

1986

The Gladiator

Woman in Class

1984

The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck, a.k.a. Act of Passion

Cory Fuhrman

  

 TV Series

1999

The Hoop Life

Emily Yeager

1998

Emily of New Moon

Isabel Murray

1989

One Life to Live

Julia Medina (1989-92)

1987

Marblehead Manor

Hillary Stonehill

1978

Les Palmiers du Métropolitain

Anna

1967

The Avengers

Tara King

  

 TV Guest Appearances

2006  

The Paul O'Grady Show

Herself

2004  

The Paul O'Grady Show

Herself

2001

Law and Order

"Possession"

Martha Taylor

2001  

Lily Savage Live

Herself

1997

FX: The Series

"Medea"

Cassandra

1996

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues 

"Requiem"

1994

E.N.G.

"Before the Axe"

Barbara Stollery

1994

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

"Laurie's Friend"

Helen Richmond

1993

Star Trek: The Next Generation

"The Chase"

Gul Ocett

1993

Sweating Bullets

"The Last of the Magnificent"

Janet

1990

Monsters

"A New Woman"

1989

Empty Nest

"The More Things Change"

Janice Brattle

1987

The Bronx Zoo

"Signs of Life," "Small Victories," "The Moral Equation"

Connie Delvecchio

1987

Tales of the Dark Side

"Auld Acquaintance"

Elizabeth

1986

Moonlighting

"Symphony in Knocked Flat"

Agent Gregory

1986

Spencer: For Hire

"Hell Hath No Fury"

Karen Cooper

1986

The Equalizer

"No Conscience"

Industrial Spy

1985

St. Elsewhere

"Lost and Found in Space", "Close Encounters," "Watch the Skies"

Mrs. Cochrane

1981

Dynasty

"The Test," "The Birthday"

Dr. Mansfield

1981

McClain's Law

"Portrait of a Playmate"

Teri Fields

1981

The Two of Us

"The Advice the Lovelorn Business"

1978

Return of the Saint

"The Roman Touch"

Diamond 

1977

The King of Kensington

"The Teacher"

Suzanne

1976

The Howerd Confessions

Eve

1974

Thriller

"Lady Killer"

Tonie

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