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Jill Melford
Born23 November 1931
London, England
Died21 February 2018
Lister Hospital, Chelsea, London, England (aged 86)
(m. 1961; div. 1972)

Jill Melford (23 November 1931 – 21 February 2018) was an English actress.

Early career

Born in 1931, she was the daughter of the actor Jack Melford.[1] She attended the Ballet Arts School in New York and made her theatre debut in 1949 as a dancer in a production of Oklahoma! in New York, before appearing in other Broadway performances.[1][2] In 1953 she performed in 'The Seven Year Itch' on the London stage, she played Miss Nardis in the 1954 British crime drama film Murder by Proxy[3] and later appeared in other stage plays. These include Auntie Mame, Ulysses in Night-time, The Life of the Party, The Right Honourable Gentleman, There's a Girl in My Soup, Not Now, Darling, Best of Friends and The Chairman. She has been described as "a tall, attractive redhead".[1]

Television and movies

Melford made her first UK television appearance in 1952 in The Three Hostages and her first movie, Will Any Gentleman...? in 1953 not long afterwards. In 1963 she starred with Norman Wisdom in the film comedy A  Stitch in Time. Although she did not appear in the long running comedy series Father, Dear Father on UK ITV, Melford played the role of Georgie Thompson in the 1973 movie version and later had a recurring role as executive Toni Ross in the long running ITV soap Crossroads. She made several appearances in Danger Man (known as Secret Agent in the USA), and Taggart in 1993, she made her last film appearance in Shoreditch in 2003.[4]

Personal life

She was married to actor John Standing[5] in 1961, they had a son called Alexander in 1965 and divorced in 1972.[6]


  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781526111968.
  2. ^ "Jill Melford Theatre Credits". broadway Retrieved 30 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Maxford, Howard (25 October 2018). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. ISBN 9781476670072. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Jill Melford". Hammer Films. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Diamonds and pearls". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Person Page". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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