Jean Lyndsey Torren Marsh
(born 1 July 1934) is an English actress, occasional screenwriter
, and co-creator of the television series Upstairs, Downstairs
and The House of Eliott
Marsh received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
for her performance as Rose Buck
in Upstairs, Downstairs
in 1975. She has revived her role as Rose Buck for the BBC
's 3-part revival of the series broadcast in December 2010.
Marsh was born in Stoke Newington
, the daughter of Emmeline Susannah Nightingale Poppy (née
Bexley), a bar employee and dresser for the theatre, and Henry Charles John Marsh, an outdoor maintenance man and printer's assistant.
In England, when Marsh was young, she studied acting and mime; and worked as a cabaret singer and photo model.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Marsh made many appearances on British and American television including an episode of The Twilight Zone
called "The Lonely
" (1959), in which she played Alicia, a very lifelike and attractive female robot; The Wonderful World of Disney
(1961); Gideon's Way
(1965); I Spy
(1967); The Saint
(4 episodes between 1964 and 1968); and UFO
She appeared several times in the BBC series Doctor Who
. She first appeared alongside William Hartnell in the 1965 serial "The Crusade
" as Lady Joanna. She returned later that year as companion Sara Kingdom
in the 12-part serial......