Elizabeth Shepherd is an English character actress whose work has spanned the stage and both the big and small screens. Her surname has been variously billed as "Shephard" and "Sheppard".
In 1960, she appeared in an adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, The Citadel. She was the original choice to play Emma Peel in the 1960s television series The Avengers. However, after filming nearly two episodes, Shepherd left the production and was replaced by Diana Rigg. In 1970 she appeared on Broadway in Barry England's Conduct Unbecoming, a story of the British Army in Kipling's India, as Mrs. Hasseltine. She was praised for her performance in Time magazine. Shepherd was pictured in Time along with her co-stars, the pop singers Jeremy Clyde and Paul Jones, who began their roles as British subalterns in London during 1969.
In film she appeared as Lady Rowena in Roger Corman's The Tomb of Ligeia., as well as Hell Boats, Damien: Omen II as the ill-fated reporter Joan Hart, The Kidnapping of the President, Deadly Companion, Head Office, and Criminal Law. Her TV work includes the cult series The Corridor People, the TV miniseries The Bastard, and as one of The Cleopatras, a BBC historical drama.
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