Isla Blair

Last updated 09 January 2020

Isla Blair
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Isla Blair

Born: Friday 29th September 1944 (age: 79)


Isla Blair  is an India-born actress of British descent. She made her first stage appearance in 1963 as Philia in the London debut of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and her first credited film appearance in the 1965 horror film Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.

She played Isabella in the 1983 story The Kings Demons.

Isla Blair was born in Bangalore, India. Her father, Ian Baxter Blair-Hill, was a tea planter of British descent. Blair's interest in performing arts first became apparent when, at the age of two, she gave an impromptu singing performance on the boat ride from India to England. She went on to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artto prepare for a career in acting. She is married to fellow actor Julian Glover, known for his role as Walter Donovan inIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Along with Prunella Scales, Blair and Glover were involved with the expansion of theSalisbury Playhouse.

Isla Blair made her first stage appearance at the Strand Theatre on 3 October 1963 playing the part of Philia in the London debut of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for their 1971 season, during which she portrayed Emilia in The Man of Mode and Aglaya in Subject to Fits. In 1973, Blair toured theMiddle East with the Prospect Theatre Company in the role of Viola in Twelfth Night. Other venues at which Blair has performed include the Old Vic and the Nottingham Playhouse.

One of Blair's earliest experiences working in film was in a scene with Paul McCartney in the 1964 film A Hard Day's Night. McCartney offered to drive Blair home after the shoot, but upon exiting the building, the two were swarmed by fans who scratched and kicked Blair in an attempt to reach McCartney. The following day, she declined a second offer for a ride from McCartney. The scene they had been filming, which was Blair's only scene in the movie, was eventually cut and lost.

Blair played Claire Carlsen MP, Francis Urquhart's Parliamentary Private Secretary, in The Final Cut (TV serial), 1995.

In 2010 she appeared at The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond in The Company Man by Torben Betts. She was nominated for an Off West End Award as Best Actress.

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