Joan Benham

Biography

Joan Benham (17 May 1918 – 13 June 1981) was an English actress best known for her portrayal of Lady Prudence Fairfax in the ITV period drama series Upstairs, Downstairs. She was the first cousin of Hollywood actress Olive Sturgess and was born in London. Joan Benham appeared in sixteen episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs, from the first to the last series, as Lady Prudence Fairfax, a loyal family friend. She made an appearance in Carry On Emmannuelle in 1978 and Doctor in the House. Other television programmes she appeared in include, Doctor in Charge, Father Brown, The Duchess of Duke Street, Doctor on the Go, Just William and Take My Wife. Her last role was as Melinda Spry in sitcom Terry and June. This episode, The Lawnmower, was broadcast on 13 November 1981, exactly five months after the day she had died, in Westminster, London, aged 63.

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Melissa

Paula Hepburn (3 episodes, 1974)

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Child in the House

Vera McNally

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King’s Rhapsody

Countess Astrid

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The Man Who Loved Redheads

Chloe

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Maytime in Mayfair

Fashion Editor (uncredited)

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Desert Mice

Una

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Heirate nie in Monte Carlo

Miss Bullen (uncredited)

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Trouble Brewing

Woman in Racecourse Bar (uncredited)

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I Thank a Fool

Restaurant Manager

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Ladies Who Do

Miss Pinsent

Starring In
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The Greek Tycoon

Lady Allison

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Carry On Emmannuelle

Cynical Lady

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Fiona Richmond - Hardcore

Norma Blackhurst

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Melissa

Paula Hepburn (3 episodes, 1974)

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Tales of Beatrix Potter

Nurse

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Perfect Friday

Miss Welsh

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The Magic Christian

Socialite in Sotheby's

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Murder Ahoy

Matron Alice Fanbraid

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Ladies Who Do

Miss Pinsent

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The V.I.P.s

Miss Potter

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I Thank a Fool

Restaurant Manager

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The Grass Is Greener

Hairdresser's Receptionist (uncredited)

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Desert Mice

Una

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The Whole Truth

Party Guest

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A Night to Remember

Lottie (uncredited)

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King’s Rhapsody

Countess Astrid

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Child in the House

Vera McNally

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Heirate nie in Monte Carlo

Miss Bullen (uncredited)

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The Man Who Loved Redheads

Chloe

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Island of Desire

Nurse

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Pickwick Papers

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Maytime in Mayfair

Fashion Editor (uncredited)

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Trouble Brewing

Woman in Racecourse Bar (uncredited)

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The Divorce of Lady X

Wearing a blue gown with a large crystal necklace (uncredited)

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