Judy Geeson


Actor
Judy Geeson

About

Also Known As
Judith Amanda Geeson
Birth Place
Sussex, England, GB
Born
September 10, 1948

Biography

Frequently called "fresh faced" during her ingenue period, and still sweet-smiled in middle age, Judy Geeson made her stage debut at age nine, and began appearing on British TV by age 12. Her screen debut as Pamela Dare, a thoughtful and awakening schoolgirl with a crush on Sidney Poitier's upright schoolteacher, in "To Sir With Love" (1967) brought her notice and acclaim. She went on to...

Family & Companions

Kristoffer Tabori
Husband
Actor. Son of director Don Siegel and actress Viveca Lindfors; married c. 1986; divorced.

Biography

Frequently called "fresh faced" during her ingenue period, and still sweet-smiled in middle age, Judy Geeson made her stage debut at age nine, and began appearing on British TV by age 12. Her screen debut as Pamela Dare, a thoughtful and awakening schoolgirl with a crush on Sidney Poitier's upright schoolteacher, in "To Sir With Love" (1967) brought her notice and acclaim. She went on to play provocative leads in a number of British and other films, including "Prudence and the Pill" (1968), "Brannigan" (1975), the thriller "Dominique" (1977) and "Horror Planet" (1980). She seemed to have a predilection for screen pregnancies: in "Prudence and the Pill," she played David Niven's sexually-active niece who finds herself with child while in "Horror Planet," she was impregnated by a monster and becomes a killer. Geeson spent much of the 80s concentrating on stage and film roles. She returned to features in 1991 to co-star in "Young Goodman Brown," based on a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but it went unreleased for almost six years.

The attractive blonde found a better range of roles on the small screen. While still in her ingenue stage, Geeson spent two years (1965-67) as the teenaged daughter in a family that moved from London to the countryside in the British drama series "The Newcomers" and essayed the role of Lucy Honeychurch in a BBC 1973 adaptation of "A Room with a View." As she matured, Geeson performed in a range of comic and dramatic roles, including a role as a leader on a planet ruled by women where men were slaves in "Star Maidens" (syndicated, 1977-78). She was Emmy-nominated for a guest appearance on "Archie Bunker's Place" (CBS, 1981), and often guest-starred on primetime series, including "Murder, She Wrote," "The A-Team" (NBC, 1986), "MacGyver (ABC, 1988) and "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995), the latter in the recurring role of Sandrine. Geeson achieved a more lasting recurring role on the highly regarded and popular Helen Hunt-Paul Reiser comedy series "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99), playing their snooty British neighbor Helen. Other notable credits include "Poldark II" and "Danger U.X.B.," both seen in the USA on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre." She came full-circle in 1996 when she reprised the role of Pamela in the CBS TV-movie "To Sir With Love II," making a cameo appearance in a scene in which a retiring Sidney Poitier is being honored.

Geeson, whose younger sister Sally is also an actress, was formerly married actor-director Kristoffer Tabori, with whom she appeared in the Off-Broadway play "The Common Pursuit."

Life Events

1957

Made stage debut

1960

At age 12, made TV debut

1963

Made film debut, "Wings of Mystery"

1965

Co-starred in the BBC drama series "The Newcomers"

1967

Had memorable role as Pamela Dare in "To Sir With Love"

1971

Appeared in the busted pilot "Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster?" (NBC)

1973

Played Lucy Honeychurch in BBC TV adaptation of "A Room with a View"

1975

Starred in ABC TV movie "Murder on the Midnight Express"

1977

Co-starred in the syndicated sci-fi series "Star Maidens"

1977

Appeared in the British TV series "Poldark" (shown in the USA in 1979 as "Poldark II" on "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS)

1979

Played featured role in the British TV series "Danger U.X.B." (shown in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1981)

1981

Was Emmy-nominated for guest appearance on "Archie Bunker's Place" (CBS)

1986

Made Off-Broadway debut, "The Common Pursuit"

1995

Appeared as Sandrine on several episodes of "Star Trek Voyager" (UPN)

1996

Reprised role of Pamela in TV-movie "To Sir With Love II" (1996)

Photo Collections

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for the cult film Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush (1968), directed by Clive Donner. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

To Sir With Love (1967) -- (Movie Clip) Victoria And Albert Museum The second of three uses of the title song, sung by Lulu (who plays student “Babs”) off camera, among those joining Thackeray (Sidney Poitier, title character) for a cleverly edited visit to the Victoria And Albert Museum in London, vignettes featuring Judy Geeson and Suzy Kendall bracketing, in To Sir, With Love, 1967.
To Sir With Love (1967) -- (Movie Clip) It's Getting Harder Not always remembered, another big musical moment, as the top Manchester band The Mindbenders (Ric Rothwell, Bob Lang and Eric Stewart shown) appear improbably at the inner-city London school dance, with a song by Ben Raleigh and Charles Albertine, introduced by Lulu (as Babs) a truce and dance between the title character Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) and coming-around rebel Pamela (Judy Geeson), near the ending of To Sir, With Love, 1967.
To Sir, With Love (1967) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Title Song Lulu sings the smash hit theme song, by Marc London and Don Black, then Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) gets some East London in his face on a bus ride, in the opening to To Sir, With Love, 1967. directed by James Clavell, himself best known as a novelist, and from the autobiographical novel by Edward Ricardo Braithwaite.
To Sir, With Love (1967) -- (Movie Clip) You Know So Little Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) on his first day has just finished taking roll call at North Quay Secondary, facing students (Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall, Christian Roberts et al) in To Sir, With Love, 1967.
Brannigan (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Smaller Than The Statue Of Liberty Chicago cop John Wayne (title character) arrives at Heathrow for an extradition, a hit-man (Daniel Pilon) maybe on the same plane, greeted by Scotland Yard's Ms. Thatcher (Judy Geeson), plus a brief bit with villain Larkin (John Vernon) and lawyer (Mel Ferrer), in Brannigan, 1975.
10 Rillington Place -- (Movie Clip) Not A Bad District No idea what they're getting into, young Timothy (John Hurt) and Beryl (Judy Geeson) inquire with Reg (Richard Attenborough) and Ethel (Pat Heywood) Christie about the flat upstairs, in Richard Fleischer's 10 Rillington Place, 1971.
10 Rillington Place -- (Movie Clip) Another One On The Way Christie (Richard Attenborough) waylays tenant Tim (John Hurt) about some bills, who then clashes with indignant spouse Beryl (Judy Geeson), who has news of her own, in Richard Fleischer's 10 Rillington Place, 1971.
Berserk! (1967) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Gaspar Right off the bat opening, Joan Crawford as circus proprietor and and ring mistress "Monica Rivers," nifty graphics as high-wire man Gaspar (Thomas Cimarro) becomes victim number one, in the Herman Cohen production Berserk!, 1967.
Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush -- (Movie Clip) Mary Gloucester Jamie (Barry Evans) in his non-stop narration, comes upon the peerless Mary (Judy Geeson) as he bicycles about in director Clive Donner's Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush, 1968.
Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush -- (Movie Clip) Opening The title sequence from director Clive Donner's Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush, 1968, features Steve Winwood fronting Traffic, one of the two Winwood bands on the soundtrack.

Trailer

Family

Sally Geeson
Sister
Actor. Born on June 23, 1950.

Companions

Kristoffer Tabori
Husband
Actor. Son of director Don Siegel and actress Viveca Lindfors; married c. 1986; divorced.

Bibliography