Pauline Collins Undressed
Pauline Collins OBE (born 3 September 1940) is an English actress working extensively in films and television. She won a Tony Award for her role on Broadway in ''Shirley Valentine'', and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie of the same name.
She was born of Irish Catholic extraction, and first became well-known for her role as the maid, Sarah, in the 1970s ITV drama series, ''Upstairs, Downstairs'', which was created by Jean Marsh. The series also starred her actor husband, John Alderton, with whom she went on to star in a spin-off, ''Thomas and Sarah'', and a sitcom, ''No, Honestly'', as well as in a series of short stories called ''Wodehouse Playhouse.
In 1999 and 2000, she starred as Harriet Smith in the BBC drama ''The Ambassador'', where she played the lead role of the British ambassador to Ireland.
She appeared as Samantha Briggs in the 1967 ''Doctor Who'' story ''The Faceless Ones'' by Malcolm Hulke and David Ellis. She was offered the chance to continue in the series as a new companion for the Doctor as the producers liked her character so much, but she declined the offer. In 2006, she became only the third actor to have appeared in both the classic and new series of ''Doctor Who'', appearing in the episode ''Tooth and Claw'' as Queen Victoria.