Heather Sears

Heather Christine Sears: (28 September 1935 – 3 January 1994), was a British stage and screen actress. Although not from an acting family (her father was a distinguished London doctor), she was already performing in plays at the age of five and even writing them at the age of eight. When she was sixteen she followed her elder sister Ann Sears (1933–1992) to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. During her last year she signed an unusual 7-year contract with Romulus Films which allowed her an annual six months to do stage and television work if she wished. This was made possible through the good offices of the film director Jack Clayton, her friend and mentor. After graduating from drama school, she was active from 1955 onwards in the Windsor repertory theatre. A year later she made her film début with a minor role in Michael Truman's Touch and Go (1955) and followed this up with the part of naive Susan in Maurice Elvey's film version of comedy Dry Rot (1956). Before she turned 22, Sears had made her début on the London stage, taking over the part of Alison (from Mary Ure) in John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, playing alongside Richard Bates and Richard Pasco.


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