Canadian actress Linda
Thorson (born Linda Robinson on June 18th 1947 in Toronto, Ontario).
Thorson moved to the UK in 1965 to study acting and graduated from
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on July 1st 1967.
Her professional career launched abruptly
at age of 20 when she was picked to replace Diana Rigg in The
She is the only female lead of The
Avengers not to appear in a James Bond film, Honor Blackman was in
Goldfinger (1964), Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley were both in On Her
Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She personally chose her The
Avengers character name of Tara King. "Tara" from Gone with
the Wind (1939) and "King" from King & Country (1964).
Thorson is best known for
her role as Tara King but since then has appeared in character roles
in many TV series and films as well as numerous dramatic and musical
stage productions, including appearances on Broadway in Nell Dunn's
Steaming and Michael Frayn's Noises Off! and starring alongside
Michael Crawford and Anthony Valentine in the London West End hit
show No Sex Please, We're British. She later appeared as Titania in A
Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park,
London, and played Hester Salomon in a UK tour of Equus opposite
Simon Callow. In the summer of 2008, she appeared at the Open Air
Theatre, Regent's Park in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Gigi.
Her film and television
work includes, Return of the Saint, The Greek Tycoon (1978), Blind
Justice (1986), the cult horror film Curtains (1983), Alan Alda's
Sweet Liberty (1986), and Marblehead Manor (1987), Half Past Dead
with Steven Seagal, Emmerdale, the daytime drama One Life to Live,
the Canadian series Emily of New Moon and Star Trek: The Next
Generation where she played the female Cardassian starship commander
Gul Ocett in the 6th season episode 'The Chase' (1993).