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LINDA REGAN

LINDA REGAN ACTRESS AND CRIME WRITER
HONORARY MEMBER OF
ON THE BUSES FAN CLUB

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LINDA IN ON THE BUSES MOVIE

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Linda appeared in 24 HI DE HI's

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LINDA REGAN
ACTRESS & CRIME WRITER

 Linda answers questions from the fan club  

Q. How did you get started in the buisness?

A. I got started in business because i grew up in it, and worked with my father from an early age, who was a comedy magician and also had a comedy band, and things progressed from there into television and reperotry theatre.   

 

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Q. Did you meet your husband Brian when you were both working in theatre?

A. Brian and i met playing husband and wife in Wife Begins at Forty. A comedy play adapted by Ray Cooney. It wasn't love at first sight, it started as a working relationship and grew into a close friendship. After the show finished i missed him, so I drove over to see him at the theatre in Stratford East where he was rehearsing a new play, and I invited him to tea, some time. He arrived on my doorstep that aftrnoon, at tea time, and hasn't left. We were married within a year, and have had, so far, nearly twenty years of happiness. We both are living proof that true love exists.


Q. How do you decide what job offers to take?

   A. I decide whether or not to take on a role if I like the project, because then no matter how small my part in it is, i want to be part of it. i am very proud i got the opportunity to work with those wonderful performers in On the Buses. i worked with many of them again over the years, and the talent in that show was outstanding.

 Q. Do you prefer working as a writer or an actress?

    Crime writing is very different to all those fun comedy shows that I have appeared in, although I have done many television dramas too.  I guess I just wanted to write crime. It's fun in its own way- anyone you don't like in real life, you can kill off  in fiction.
    I hope I will always be offered acting roles, I know I can carry on writing books, and then sell them- but acting you have to be offered a part. I love acting- it is in my core and I do want to carry on doing it forever- I just hope people keep asking me. (CONTINUE BELOW)

LINDA'S CRIME BOOKS ARE SET AROUND THE WORLD OF THEATRE AND YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE OR ORDER A COPY BY CLICKING ON THE PICS BELOW

Q. Do you prefer tv or theatre work ?

 A.  I now prefer filming and television to the theatre although I have loved theatre previously, for many many years

Q. What have been some of your favourite roles you played?

  A. Favourite roles include Marilyn Monroe in the stage play about her, and my role as April in Hi De Hi will always hold special memories. And I loved playing Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth- i always wanted to play that one.(Maybe that's what made me want to write crime).
  

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. What was it like working on another of my favourites HI DE HI and was it as much fun as it looked working with the cast

A. Hi-De-Hi was always fun. Rather like On The Buses, it was full of performers who had worked in variety, who were also actors, and we laughed all the time.  My late father (Peter Regan), worked in variety. He also worked the holiday camps whenI was a child, so I was fascinated by the endless stories from the cast about holiday camp days. I am really glad I had that chance to be part of the success of Hi-De-Hi.

    I loved listening to Lesley Dwyer's stories, and of course Kenny Connor(who I had also been in Carry On England with). And Jan Hardy(who guested in HiDeHi, as the ticket inspector), and was a close friend of my Dad's; also Billy Burden, another very funny man(played the pig farmer) Those people I mentioned are in in the big theatre in the sky now- and I am so glad I had the opportunity to spend time with them. I am convinced, now that wonderful Felix Bowness has, only this week, joined them, that the angels will be hugely entertained.
    May they all rest with laughter, and peace

Q
. What do you remember about working ON THE BUSES?

A. My memories of the tiny part I contributed to two On The Buses(both uncredited), are getting the giggles- kissing Reg Varney was fun, he kept tickling me and we giggled a lot. The tiny role of girl at the bus stop has made me quite famous- I was once nominated for the rear of the year- in something(I can't remember what)

Thanks to Linda for taking time out to answer the questions

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CAREER DETAILS FROM IMDB


Actress:
  1. "Holby City" .... Polly Hunter (1 episode, 2007)
    ... aka "Holby" (UK: informal short title)
        - Past Imperfect (2007) TV episode .... Polly Hunter
  2. "Doctors" .... Norren Topper (1 episode, 2004)
        - What the Doctor Saw (2004) TV episode .... Norren Topper
  3. Let Go (2004) .... The Box Office Attendant
  4. The Last Horror Movie (2003) .... Terri
  5. "London's Burning" .... Ivy (1 episode, 2000)
        - Episode #12.6 (2000) TV episode .... Ivy

  6. "Harry and Cosh" (3 episodes, 1999)
        - Baby Sitters (1999) TV episode
        - Michelle Pfeiffer (1999) TV episode
        - Forbidden Love (1999) TV episode
  7. "The Bill" .... Building society manageress / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1997)
        - Age Gaps (1997) TV episode .... Lizzie Byrne
        - Sympathy for the Devil (1992) TV episode .... Building society manageress
        - Snout (1988) TV episode .... Burnside's Girlfriend
  8. "Ghostbusters of East Finchley" .... Second Prostitute (1 episode, 1995)
        - Episode #1.1 (1995) TV episode .... Second Prostitute
  9. "Hale and Pace" (2 episodes, 1994)
        - Episode #7.3 (1994) TV episode
        - Episode #7.1 (1994) TV episode
  10. "The Knock" .... June (3 episodes, 1994)
        - Episode #1.6 (1994) TV episode .... June
        - Episode #1.5 (1994) TV episode .... June
        - Episode #1.4 (1994) TV episode .... June
  11. "The Detectives" .... Barmaid (1 episode, 1994)
        - Witness (1994) TV episode .... Barmaid
  12. "Over the Rainbow" (1993) TV series (unknown episodes)
  13. "Framed" .... Mrs. Minton (1 episode, 1992)
        - Episode #1.2 (1992) TV episode .... Mrs. Minton
  14. Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992) (TV) .... Brenda Noye
  15. "Birds of a Feather" .... Girl At Concert (1 episode, 1991)
        - We'll Always Have Majorca (1991) TV episode .... Girl At Concert

  16. "Hi-De-Hi!" .... April (24 episodes, 1984-1988)
        - The Wind of Change (1988) TV episode .... April
        - Wedding Bells (1988) TV episode .... April
        - Let Them Eat Cake (1988) TV episode .... April
        - The Perils of Peggy (1988) TV episode .... April
        - Marry-Go-Round (1988) TV episode .... April
          (19 more)
  17. Lost in London (1985) (TV) .... Rosey
  18. "C.A.T.S. Eyes" .... Naval Computer Operator (1 episode, 1985)
        - Something Nasty Down Below (1985) TV episode .... Naval Computer Operator
  19. "Dempsey and Makepeace" .... Tennant's Blonde (1 episode, 1985)
    ... aka "Dempsey and Makepeace" (Australia)
        - Blind Eye (1985) TV episode .... Tennant's Blonde
  20. "Bergerac" .... Gudrun Olfsberg (1 episode, 1984)
        - A Cry in the Night (1984) TV episode .... Gudrun Olfsberg
  21. "Kelly Monteith" (1 episode, 1982)
        - Episode #4.1 (1982) TV episode
  22. "The Gentle Touch" .... Marilyn (1 episode, 1980)
        - Break-In (1980) TV episode .... Marilyn

  23. "Minder" .... Liz (1 episode, 1979)
        - Gunfight at the OK Laundrette (1979) TV episode .... Liz
  24. "Z Cars" .... Factory Girl / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1978)
        - A Woman's Place (1978) TV episode .... Woman at Bus Stop
        - Stop Over: Part 1 (1970) TV episode (uncredited) .... Factory Girl
  25. "ITV Playhouse" .... Valerie (1 episode, 1977)
        - The Proofing Session (1977) TV episode .... Valerie
  26. Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) .... Clarissa
    ... aka Adventures of a Private Dick
  27. Hardcore (1977) .... Secretary
    ... aka Fiona (USA)
    ... aka Frankly Fiona
  28. Carry on England (1976) .... A.T.S. Private Taylor
  29. Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975) .... Brenda Climax
    ... aka Timothy Lea's Confessions of a Pop Performer (UK: complete title)
  30. The Hiding Place (1975) .... 2nd Prostitute
  31. "Dixon of Dock Green" .... Liz Rowley (1 episode, 1975)
        - On a Moody Complaint (1975) TV episode .... Liz Rowley
  32. A Private Enterprise (1974)
  33. "Seven Faces of Woman" .... Barbara (1 episode, 1974)
    ... aka "She" (UK: second season title)
        - Polly Put the Kettle On (1974) TV episode .... Barbara
  34. "Special Branch" (1 episode, 1973)
        - Red Herring (1973) TV episode
  35. Keep It Up, Jack (1973) .... Gloria
    ... aka Auntie (USA: video box title)
  36. "Villains" (1 episode, 1972)
        - Belinda (1972) TV episode
  37. "Doctor in Charge" .... Girl at Dance (1 episode, 1972)
        - The Taming of the Wolf (1972) TV episode (uncredited) .... Girl at Dance
  38. "Engelbert with the Young Generation" (1 episode, 1972)
        - Episode #1.11 (1972) TV episode
  39. Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall (1972) .... Girl at Dance #3
  40. On the Buses (1971) (uncredited) .... Pretty Girl on Bus
  41. "Doctor at Large" .... Schoolgirl (1 episode, 1971)
    ... aka "Doctor in the House"
        - Doctor Dish (1971) TV episode (uncredited) .... Schoolgirl
  42. "On the Buses" .... Edna (1 episode, 1970)
        - Christmas Duty (1970) TV episode (uncredited) .... Edna
  43. Carry on Again Christmas (1970) (TV) (uncredited) .... Island Girl

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