Nyree Dawn Porter

Nyree Dawn Porter OBE (22 January 1936/1940 – 10 April 2001), born Ngaire Porter ("Nyree" is the phonetic spelling of her name), was a New Zealand-born actress of stage, film and television. Porter was born in Napier, New Zealand. Her first professional work was touring with the New Zealand Players Trust. She was acclaimed for such roles as Jessica in The Merchant of Venice and Juliet in Romanoff and Juliet. She also performed in revues and musicals, including Love from Judy and The Solid Gold Cadillac. Porter moved to Britain in 1958 after winning a Miss Cinema talent competition for young actresses organised by Rank, with the prize of a round-the-world trip and a film test in London. Although the test was probably little more than a publicity stunt, she decided to stay and was soon acting in the theatre. Look Who's Here at the Fortune Theatre in Drury Lane was her first West End appearance. She followed this with the role of Connie in Neil Simon's first West End play, Come Blow Your Horn, and a string of other appearances including those in The Duel, The Dragon Variation, Murder in Mind, Anastasia and Deadly Nightcap.

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