The glamorous Erica Rogers
was born in Cape Town in the late 1930s, but studied at RADA
before opening on the West End in The World of Suzie Wong.
She went on to play in the Richard Rodgers musical No Strings
(1963), Bonne Soupe and with Virginia McKenna in A
Little Night Music. Her British TV appearances include four
appearances in The Saint with Roger Moore between 1962
and 1965, two linked episodes of Pimlico Films/ITC's Man of
the World (1962), entitled The Runaways and
Portrait of a Girl, and a single episode, A Rainbow Has
Two Ends, of Riviera Police (1965). She also made
numerous comedy appearances in programmes written by Frank Muir,
Dennis Norden and Michael Pertwee.
Film appearances include an
obscure British horror film, The Horror of It All (1963)
alongside Dennis Price, The Spots on My Leopard (1974,
made in South Africa), and Roadside Prophets (1992).
Her first appearance in South
Africa was as Maggie in After the Fall. Erica was, for
many years, one of South Africa's busiest actresses, some of her
highlights including Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Monica in
I Love My Wife (1978), Grace in Faith Healer and
Joanna in Present Laughter. Erica also played the
controversial former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher,
in Anyone for Denis?, a very popular satirical play, at
The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town in 1983.
Erica's radio experience is
vast, but she is probably still best known and loved in South
Africa for her portrayal of Tracy Dark in the series The Mind
of Tracy Dark, a long-running series about a woman with
psychic powers which took over the Avengers slot when
that series drew to a close. She also had a long-running part in
the popular South African radio adaptation of the BBC television
comedy, Marriage Lines, in which she played Kate Starling
alongside Adrian Egan's George. Marriage Lines was
produced and directed by Donald Monat.
Erica Rogers currently lives
in Cape Town and has two grown-up children, Clarissa and Graham.
by Beverly Charpentier with Alan Hayes