Guest Actor Biography
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Gabrielle Drake

Angora, The Hidden Tiger
Penny, Dead Men Are Dangerous

by Pete Stampede and David K. Smith

Born 30 March 1944 in Lahore, Pakistan, Gabrielle Drake had the distinction of being tested to play Emma Peel and Tara King. She was best known for The Brothers, a 70s BBC evening soap, and was a purple-wigged regular on Gerry Anderson's UFO (1970). More recently she was a "consultant" on Medics (1995). Her guest turns on TV include The Saint, "The Best Laid Schemes" (1968), The Champions, "Full Circle" (1969) and The Professionals, "Close Quarters" (1978).

Although she usually had minor film parts, particularly sex dramas such as Derek Ford's Suburban Wives (1971) and Commuter Husbands (1973), she also frequently and successfully played lead roles in the theatre, including Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves and most recently Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan. Whatever possessed her to make a full-frontal appearance as "Randi from Denmark" in Au Pair Girls (1972, with Norman Chappell, Ferdy Mayne and John Le Mesurier), an atrocious soft-core romp, goodness knows! The last credit on record for her is in the "documentary" A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2000) as herself, being Nick Drake's sister.

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