Jill Melford

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Jill Melford
London, England

Jill Melford (died 21 February 2018) was an English actress.

Early career[edit]

Born in the 1930s, her father was the actor Jack Melford.[1] She attended the Ballet Arts School in New York and made her theatre debut in 1949 as a dancer in a production of Oklahoma! in New York, before appearing in other Broadway performances.[1][2] In 1953 she performed in 'The Seven Year Itch' on the London stage, she played Miss Nardis in the 1954 British crime drama film Murder by Proxy[3] and later appeared in other stage plays. These include Auntie Mame, Ulysses in Night-time, The Life of the Party, The Right Honourable Gentleman, There's a Girl in My Soup, Not Now, Darling, Best of Friends and The Chairman. She has been descirbed as "a tall, attractive redhead".[1]

Television and movies[edit]

Melford made her first UK television appearance in 1952 in The Three Hostages and her first movie, Will Any Gentleman...? in 1953 not long afterwards. She made several appearances in Danger Man (known as Secret Agent in the USA), and Taggart in 1993, she made her last film appearance in Shoreditch in 2003.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to actor John Standing[5] in 1961, they had a son called Alexander in 1965 and divorced in 1972.[6]


  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781526111968.
  2. ^ "Jill Melford Theatre Credits". broadway world.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ Maxford, Howard (25 October 2018). "Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company". McFarland. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Jill Melford". Hammer Films. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Diamonds and pearls". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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