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Barbara Shelley

Last updated 06 January 2021

Barbara Shelley (1933-2021)
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Barbara Shelley

Born: Tuesday 15th August 1933
Died: Monday 4th January 2021 (age: 87)


Barbara Shelley is an English film and television actress, often dubbed "The First Leading Lady of British Horror" 

She was at her busiest in the late 1950s (Blood of the Vampire) and 1960s when she became Hammer Horror's number one female star, with The Gorgon (1964), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967) among her credits. Although she is known as a scream queen, in fact her most famous scream (in the aforementioned Dracula film) was dubbed by co-star Suzan Farmer.

She also appeared in Village of the Damned (1960) and in the 1984 Doctor Who serial Planet of Fire.