Elizabeth Shepherd

Elizabeth Shepherd (born 12 August 1936) is an English character actress whose work has spanned the stage and both the big and small screens. Her surname has been alternately billed as "Shephard" and "Sheppard". In 1960, she appeared in an adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, The Citadel. She was the original choice to play Emma Peel in the 1960s television series The Avengers. However, after filming nearly two episodes, Shepherd left the production and was replaced by Diana Rigg. In film she appeared as Lady Rowena in Roger Corman's The Tomb of Ligeia (1965). She later appeared in the cult series The Corridor People (1966), as the ill-fated reporter Joan Hart in Damien: Omen II (1978), and playing one of The Cleopatras (1983), a BBC historical drama. She starred as Alison in Hell Boats (1970). An article in the Toronto Star reported an incident of Elizabeth Shepherd being a victim of identity theft and mortgage fraud in 2006.


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