Jean Marsh





Jean played the part of Anna Von Hagen, in the film 'Fatherland'




Jean Marsh,  is a British actress, best known for creating the television series Upstairs, Downstairs (with Dame Eileen Atkins) and for portraying house parlour maid Rose Buck in the same series.  For this Jean  won an Emmy.  Jean and Eileen Atkins also co-created the 1991 television series The House of Eliott.

Dancer/model Jean Marsh appeared in her first film, Tales of Hoffman, at the age of 17.  For those out there who associate Marsh with prim, severe roles, it will probably come as a mild surprise to discover that she made her first American TV appearance as a sexy, sloe-eyed native girl in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Moon and Sixpence.  Laboring in comparative obscurity throughout the 1960s (she was unaccredited for her appearance as Marc Antony's wife Octavia in 1963's Cleopatra), Jean began attracting attention in the 1970s in roles calling for tight-lipped outrage (Hitchcock's 1972 Frenzy) or glazed-eyed lunacy (Mrs. Rochester in the 1971 TV movie version of Jane Eyre).  After nearly 20 years in the business, Jean was voted "Most Outstanding New Actress of 1972" by a British film organization.   Subsequent TV-series work included the part of Roz Keith on the American sitcom 9 to 5.

Jean has had several film appearances, including the fantasy films Return to Oz (1985) and Willow (1988) in which she plays similar characters of an evil Princess and an evil Queen.

Jean also made many appearances on British and American television programs in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Twilight Zone and UFO.  She was once married to Jon Pertwee, the third actor to play the character of Doctor on the television series Doctor Who.  Jean appeared three times in the series, both before and after Pertwee's era, playing different characters, including the First Doctor's companion Sara Kingdom.  Her part of Morgaine in the serial Battlefield is similar to her roles in the above-mentioned fantasy films.

Jean played the part of Anna Von Hagen, in the film 'Fatherland' (1994), with Rutger Hauer