Biographies

Guest Actor

[Photo by Dan Hall]

Anneke Wills

Guest Artist, (Series One, Episode Ten):

Anneke was born on October 1941, in Berkshire. Anneke won her first role at the age of 11 while she was living on a houseboat in Bray, Berkshire. The film was called Child’s Play and she gave the £9 fee to her mother. Deciding she wanted to be an actress she then studied drama at the Arts Educational School in London and quickly became one of the busiest actresses of her generation, early roles included an appearance as Roberta in the first TV version of The Railway Children in 1957.

She appeared in Doctor Who from 1966 to 1967 alongside William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor – the first in a long line of glamorous Doctor Who girls. Other television credits include appearances in The Avengers and as Evelyn in Strange Report. When a second series of Strange Report. set in America was touted, Anneke decided that it was time to leave.

At 17 she began a relationship with Anthony Newley while working on the TV series The Strange World of Gurney Slade. Later, she married Michael Gough, the distinguished actor who played The Celestial Toymaker in Doctor Who. During the Sixties Anneke spent much of her time at the famous Troubadour Coffee Shop and The Establishment, and was part of the so-called Chelsea Set, counting among her close friends many of the leading lights of the Sixties.

In 1966 she was offered her role in Doctor Who and life seemed perfect for the young actress. In 1970 Anneke gave up acting and moved to Norfolk, throwing herself into motherhood and gardening. During this time she travelled to Vietnam and Laos, and spent a lot of time at Poona, India, at the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. She and her son Jasper visited the ashram many times in the 1970s and early 80s.

 

Anneke has lead a fascinating live, living in California and in an artists' colony on Hornby Island on the west coast of Canada before returning to the UK in the mid-1990s. She is still involved in the worlds of Doctor Who, being a popular guest at conventions around the world, and recording various Doctor Who-related audio dramas and DVD projects for the BBC and Big Finish Productions.

We've known Anneke for years and after several aborted attempts to get her to be our first guest star, she ended up recording an impromptu cameo scene in a hotel bed with three men (fans)! Between Matt Evenden, Seán Carlsen and "stunt man/body double" Darren Floyd, there wasn't very much complaining! We are honoured to have worked with Anneke, and we know she had a ball recording the scene - after all, she did ask for several takes!

The Official Anneke Wills Website

 

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