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Actress JEAN TREND


Born into a family of musicians, Jean Trend won a place at London’s famed Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.  Gaining a wide knowledge of acting, dance and song (she sang in La Boheme with renowned opera singer Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, under the direction of John Barbirolli), she then took the traditional route into professional acting via various regional repertory companies, including that of future Doomwatch guest actor Arthur Brough (Invasion’s Sandy Larch) based in Westcliff-on-Sea.  Pantomime rôles included principal boy in Mother Goose at Manchester’s Palace Theatre in 1956 opposite Mancunian comic Al Read.

The 5'7" actress’ early filmwork included Strictly Confidential and Impact. Jean became a well-known face on British television during a stint as Oxbridge General Hospital’s nurse Ann Webb in ATV’s long-running soap Emergency - Ward 10, and appeared in many popular TV dramas of the day, including Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars and The Wednesday Play.

In 1970 she was cast as Dr Fay Chantry during production for Doomwatch’s second season, after contacting producer Terence Dudley on the offchance of his having any suitable parts lined up for which she could be considered.  Stoking media interest in the series with her arrival, Jean appeared in nine episodes over the course of early 1971, and was one of the four regular castmembers to reprise their characters for Tigon’s cinematic adaptation of the show, released in 1972.

Jean further bolstered her telefantasy credentials in the early 1980s by playing Helda, mother of Peter Firth’s Dominick Hide in the two respected Play for Todays featuring the 22nd Century time-traveller.

She has continued to work extensively in film (such as No Sympathy and the acclaimed one-woman short Water Damage), radio - performing in Brian Miller’s Emma (as Jane Austen herself), Thirty Minute Theatre, Afternoon Theatre and Woman’s Hour - and in TV shows like EastEnders, One Foot in the Grave (playing a ‘fake’ Margaret Meldrew), The Bill, Casualty and Doctors, plus commercials, voiceovers and corporate works.

With thanks to Tony Darbyshire

Filmography

1. "Casualty" .... Emerald Walker / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2009)
          - Palimpsest (2009) TV episode .... Rosie
          - Cops and Robbers (2005) TV episode .... Emerald Walker

2. "Doctors" .... Eileen Squires / ... (3 episodes, 2000-2007)
          - Home for Christmas (2007) TV episode .... Eileen Squires
          - A Place to Call Home (2005) TV episode .... Hilda Wedmore
          - Under Pressure (2000) TV episode .... Mrs. Long









3. "Doc Martin" .... Helen Pratt (1 episode, 2005)
          - Always on My Mind - TV episode

4. Derailed (2005) (TV) .... Shareholder

5. Unconditional Love (2003) (TV) .... Nursery Teacher

6. "EastEnders" .... Maria Cobden (1 episode, 2002)
          - Episode dated 16 April 2002 (2002) TV episode .... Maria Cobden




7. "One Foot in the Grave"
          - The Futility of the Fly (2000) TV episode as Ruthie (the fake Mrs Meldrew)



8. "The Bill" .... Judge / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1997)
          - Coup De Grace (1997) TV episode .... Judge
          - Snouts and Red Herrings (1985) TV episode .... Mrs. Beck

9. Macbeth (1997) .... 2nd Witch

10. Macbeth: A Critical Guide (1997) (V) .... 2nd Witch




11. "The Legacy of Reginald Perrin" (1 episode, 1996)
          - Episode #1.3 (1996) TV episode




12. "Grange Hill" .... Pamela (1 episode, 1995)
          - Episode #18.17 (1995) TV episode .... Pamela

13. "The House of Eliott" .... Doris Althorpe (1 episode, 1994)
          - Episode #3.1 (1994) TV episode .... Doris Althorpe









14. "Play for Today" .... Helda (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
          - Another Flip for Dominick (1982) TV episode .... Helda
          - The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980) TV episode .... Helda

 15. Doomwatch (1972) .... Dr. Fay Chantry
      ... aka "Island of the Ghouls" - USA (reissue title)

16. "The Befrienders" .... Rossy (1 episode, 1972)
          - Nobody Understands Miranda (1972) TV episode .... Rossy

17. "Doomwatch" .... Dr. Fay Chantry (9 episodes, 1971)
          - Public Enemy (1971) TV episode .... Dr. Fay Chantry
          - The Logicians (1971) TV episode .... Dr. Fay Chantry
          - The Human Time Bomb (1971) TV episode .... Dr. Fay Chantry
          - In the Dark (1971) TV episode .... Dr. Fay Chantry
          - The Web of Fear (1971) TV episode .... Dr. Fay Chantry
          
18. "Z Cars" .... Myrtle Pearce / ... (3 episodes, 1964-1970)
          - Christmas Is Coming: Part 2 (1970) TV episode .... Myrtle Pearce
          - Christmas Is Coming: Part 1 (1970) TV episode .... Myrtle Pearce
          - Inside Job (1964) TV episode .... Connie Carter

19. "Dixon of Dock Green" .... Gwen Bellamy / ... (4 episodes, 1956-1969)
          - Notify If Found (1969) TV episode .... Nurse Willow
          - Manhunt (1966) TV episode .... Gwen Bellamy
          - The Home Builders (1964) TV episode .... Jessie Powell
          - Father in Law (1956) TV episode .... Kathleen

20. "The Wednesday Play" .... Kathy (1 episode, 1967)
          - The Profile of a Gentleman (1967) TV episode .... Kathy

21. "Softly, Softly: Task Force" .... Ivy Morse / ... (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
      ... aka "Softly Softly" - UK (original title)
          - Barlow Was There: Part 3: Mischief (1967) TV episode .... Ivy Morse
          - Barlow Was There: Part 1: Allegation (1966) TV episode .... Ivy Morse
          - A Spot of Leave (1966) TV episode .... Waitress
  
Jean Trend in ATV's The Power Game


Jean Trend cast credit in ATV's The Power Game
22. "The Power Game" .... Stewardess (1 episode, 1966)
        - Late Via Rome (1966) TV episode .... Stewardess

23. "Cluff" .... Hilda (1 episode, 1965)
          - The Thief (1965) TV episode .... Hilda

24. "Our Man at St. Mark's" .... Deidre Bradshaw (1 episode, 1964)
          - Too Good to Be True (1964) TV episode .... Deidre Bradshaw

25. "ITV Play of the Week" .... Rose (1 episode, 1964)
          - Flight from Reality (1964) TV episode .... Rose

26. "First Night" .... Joan Palmer (1 episode, 1963)
          - Guilty (1963) TV episode .... Joan Palmer

27. "Sergeant Cork" .... Julie Oxley (1 episode, 1963)
          - Case of the Reluctant Widow (1963) TV episode .... Julie Oxley

28. Impact (1963)

29. Strictly Confidential (1959) (uncredited) .... Elsie

30. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) TV series .... Nurse Ann Webb (unknown episodes)

As Herself:

"The Cult of..." .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
    - Doomwatch Documentary TV episode

1 comment:

  1. "One Foot in the Grave"
    - The Futility of the Fly (2000) TV episode as Ruthie (the fake Mrs Meldrew)

    In which theatre was that filmed? Some where in Bournemouth or was it all done in the studio?

    Iain

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