Promotional short film from 1967, introducing Linda Thorson when she replaced Diana Rigg in The Avengers.
Linda Thorson: The Avengers and More
Linda Thorson (born 18 June, 1947) came to international attention in 1968, when she won the role of Tara King in the 60s cult classic TV show, The Avengers. Only 20-years-old at the time, she had the daunting task of replacing Diana Rigg's Emma Peel as John Steed's avenging sidekick, with her character relying more on feminine guile than the judo and karate of her predecessors.
Many critics felt that Ms. Thorson could never adequately fill Diana Rigg's leather boots, although in retrospect she coped well with her role. Unfortunately, she nor Steed could battle the No.1 show of the time, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and The Avengers was canceled in 1969.
In 2006, Ms. Thorson found herself in another top-rated UK soap opera serial Emmerdale, this time playing the formidable character Rosemary King, a woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Underrated and under-appreciated, Linda Thorson has enjoyed a consistently rewarding career without truly regaining the attention she received at the age of twenty. Hopefully, you'll appreciate and enjoy this tribute to a fine actress.
Major TV Roles
Thriller (1 Episode)
The Return of the Saint (1 Episode)
The Human Zoo (3 Episodes)
Star Trek: TNG (1 Episode)
Emily of New Moon
The Hoop Life
Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective
Introducing Tara King: Linda Thorson in The Avengers
Linda's Film, Stage and TV Roles
Following her stint as Tara King on The Avengers, Linda Thorson secured further work on stage, film and television with roles as diverse as Brian Clemens' well-regarded cult show Thriller, the action-adventure series The Return of the Saint (1978), J. Lee Thompson's The Greek Tycoon (1978) and the Steven Seagal action flick Half Past Dead (2002).
In the theatre, she appeared in critically-regarded stage turns such as Michael Frayn's Noises Off (1983), Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosenzweig (1995) and Peter Shaffer's Equus (2007).
From 1989 to 1992, she appeared as the scheming matriarch Julia Wheaton Medina in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live. And, adding some sci-fi to her resume, she also guest-starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993), playing female Cardassian starship captain Gul Ocett.
In more recent years, Thorson has enjoyed recurring roles in episodic television, such as the Canadian series Emily of New Moon (1998-2000) and the long running British TV series Emmerdale (2006-2007). As recently as 2012, she starred in the American series Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective.
Her full resume of roles can be found here.
Linda in Marblehead Manor: 1987
Linda in Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective: 2012
Linda Speaks About The Avengers, Emmerdale and Pigs!
Video Interview in French
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