A brief Who's Who of The Avengers Radio Series...
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Regular Cast (A-Z)

Diane Appleby (Emma Peel)
A British-born performer who became a popular success in South African radio. Diane went to Johannesburg to appear in a stage production. She remained in SA and starred in a number of fondly remembered radio programmes including Jet Jungle. Diane passed away in November 2006, aged just 64.

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Donald Monat (John Steed)
Versatile London-born actor and writer who relocated at eleven with his family to South Africa. Donald has written and starred in London stage revues and became a household name in South Africa through his radio and stage work. Donald is also a published author and in-demand voiceover artiste in the USA.

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Hugh Rouse (The Narrator)
A British-born actor whose distinctive tones brought the radio series much of its quirky appeal. Hugh is best remembered in South Africa for his ground breaking work in newscasting from Springbok Radio's launch in 1950, Hugh delivered three news bulletins a day in a fast and punchy style. He died in May 1998.

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Semi-Regular Cast (A-Z)

Stuart Brown (Guest Player / Mother in some episodes)
A respected veteran of Springbok Radio, Stuart's voice was a familiar one to the listenership. His best remembered radio work is undoubtedly on the classic Springbok series, No Place to Hide, as Sergei. He also featured as Henry Simon in Address Unknown, another popular Springbok Radio show.

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Colin Fish (Mother)
An actor-director like so many of his contemporaries. Colin is believed to have directed the unbroadcast pilots for The Avengers, made at AFS Studios. Colin worked for the South African Broadcasting Corporation for many years as Senior Drama Producer for the English Service in Johannesburg. He died in 2006.

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Anthony Fridjhon (Guest Player / Mother in some episodes)
An acclaimed South African character actor, Anthony has enjoyed a distinguished career in live theatre. Between 1970 and 1985, he played in countless Springbok Radio productions, culminating in his becoming chief writer on Squad Cars. In vision, he has appeared in more than fifty film and television productions.

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Guest Players (A-Z)

Clive Belman (Guest Player)
Clive was one of the actors involved in the recording of the early episodes of The Avengers, but precious little is known about him and the rather indistinct photo to the left, all that is available to The Avengers Declassified, only serves to confirm him as a man of mystery. If you can furnish us with any detail, please contact us.

June Dixon (Guest Player)
A versatile London-born actress and writer. June has written and performed in many revues, comedy programmes and films, more often than not in partnership with her husband Donald Monat, whom she met when they were playing lead roles in a 1949 London stage production. 

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Adrian Egan (Guest Player)
Born in Johannesburg to show business parents. Adrian made his radio debut at the age of eight. He appeared extensively on radio in many series including Marriage Lines, directed by Donald Monat, and in the theatre, becoming a well-known actor in his home country before emigrating to England and then Canada.

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Terrick FitzHugh (Guest Player)
Oxford-educated British actor who found fame and popularity in South African radio and theatre. He made his living with voice overs, film, radio and TV roles and was seldom out of work. Terrick's hard-partying lifestyle sadly caught up with him though, and he died in 1992, aged 50.

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Gillian Garlick (Guest Player)
Actress married to fellow Avengers guest player Michael McCabe. As with her contemporaries, Gillian appeared in many Springbok Radio programmes and has continued to act in South African productions, including Funeral for an Assassin, If This Be Treason and the television series, Scout's Safari.

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Rex Garner (Guest Player including Arkadi The Fantasy Game)
A veteran of South African theatre, Rex was born in Wolverhampton, England in 1921. He became a greatly respected director of South African theatre, noted for his work in comedies and farces. In 1994, a theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg was named after him in appreciation of his services to South African show business. Rex passed away aged 94 on 17th May 2015.

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Shelagh Holliday (Guest Player)
South African-born Shelagh trained as an actress at RADA in London. She worked in everything from musicals and revues to comedy and drama. A fine stage career was recognised with three Best Actress Awards and twenty-two nominations. One of the great ladies of South African theatre and radio.

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Kerry Jordan (Guest Player including Grand Vizier The Fantasy Game)
Kerry Jordan was a popular stage, television and radio actor in South Africa. He was born in New Zealand, worked in Britain, and then moved to South Africa in 1964. He featured notably in Zulu (1964) alongside Michael Caine. On radio he is well-remembered for his portrayal of Dr Watson in The Stories of Sherlock Holmes (1979-1985, Springbok Radio). Kerry died in 1994.

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Annabel Linder (Guest Player)
A highly successful South African actress, comedienne and singer. In a serious vein, she starred in Donald Monat's film thriller, Fraud (1973) and was acclaimed for her bravura performance in holocaust drama, Rose (2001), in which she held the stage alone for more than two hours.

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Michael Mayer (Guest Player)
South African Michael joined Springbok Radio in 1964 as a continuity announcer and DJ. He went on to appear in acting roles, notably in Gary Diamond, playing the lead in the series, which he also wrote, and became an internationally renowned voice artiste. Michael passed away at 68 in 2012.

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Michael McCabe (Guest Player)
Michael was born in England and grew up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the SABC and was one of Springbok Radio's leading writer/producers, creating many outstanding radio series such as Wheels, Beyond Midnight and Suspense. As an actor, he played frequently in many other Springbok Radio series.

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Don McCorkindale (Guest Player)
Son of a famous South African boxer and actor, Don has carved a remarkable career in entertainment over six decades, appearing in South African radio, television, film and on stage, before relocating to his native United Kingdom, where he continued in the profession and became a theatrical agent.

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Michael McGovern (Guest Player)
A British actor who worked extensively in television and film in his home country, with appearances in Doomwatch, Out of the Unknown and Armchair Theatre. He settled in South Africa and played regularly in South African radio, television, film and theatre.

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Bruce Millar (Guest Player including Prince Ali The Fantasy Game)
British-born actor and writer who has lived and worked in South Africa for over thirty years. Bruce has appeared in and written for many television and radio programmes in that time, including many satirical comedy programmes. He also recorded a Number 1 single, I Won't Give Up, and a follow-up album.

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Gordon Mulholland (Guest Player)
A celebrated performer in South Africa, British-born Gordon was one of the mainstays of South African radio in its heyday. His career began in British films and on the London stage, before a move to South Africa in the mid-60s. This proved such a success that Gordon remained in demand until his death in 2010.

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Hal Orlandini (Guest Player)
One of South Africa's outstanding comedians and actors. He played in many long running radio comedy series, has excelled in serious stage roles and has featured in many South African-made American and British films. Hal was one of the stars of the first night of South African television on 5th January 1976.

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Erica Rogers (Guest Player)
Versatile actress born in Cape Town, South Africa and trained at RADA in London. Erica lit up the West End in shows such as A Little Night Music, before making a series of television appearances including The Saint. In South African radio, she is best known for her titular role in The Mind of Tracy Dark.

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Clive Scott (Guest Player)
Born in South Africa, Clive gave up a career in banking to train as an actor at the Webber-Douglas School in London. Clive subsequently made many London stage productions and appeared in Guy Hamilton's controversial 1965 film, The Party's Over. Returning to South Africa in 1970, Clive has made a name for himself there and has become a popular comic actor.

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David Sherwood (Guest Player)
An actor who has amassed an impressive catalogue of credits in film, television, radio and theatre. Notable among these are the television drama serials Shaka Zulu (1986) and The Devil's Whore (2008). On film, he has featured in Steel Dawn (1987), Cold Harvest (1999) and Diana (2013).

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Joe Stewardson (Guest Player)
Born in Southport, Lancashire in 1927, Joe Stewardson was an actor and writer, arguably best known for Flatfoot in Africa (1978), Follow That Rainbow (1979) and City Lovers (1982). He was married to Diane Appleby, who played Emma Peel in The Avengers. Joe passed away in January 1997 at the age of 70.

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Lynda Stuart (Guest Player)
Lynda was a highly talented and very busy radio actress who played in hundreds of radio productions for both the English Service and Springbok Radio. Later on she became a dialogue coach for SABC-TV, working on series such as Egoli: Place of Gold (1991-2009). She is married to Hal Orlandini, and lives in retirement near Knysna is the Eastern Cape.

 
 

Compiled and written by Alan Hayes

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