Russell (Jean Skinner)
Jean Skinner is Liz's mother and the devoted
wife of Frank. Despite her sensitive nature Jean is a pragmatist
who can often cool down the more impulsive and emotional Frank.
During the children's first trip through the time barrier she
discovers she has a unique mental link with Liz allowing her to
share many of her daughter's experiences in the past.
||Iris Russell was born of Scottish
parents in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. She attended drama school
in Edinburgh and from there started her career with Donald
Wolfit's Shakespearian company. Shortly after, she joined
the forces' entertainment section ENSA and played in reportary
with Derek Salberg's companies in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
After playing in several small theatres around London, her
big break came with a major role in "Caste" at the
Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and the Duke of York's, London.
A number of film contracts followed before she returned to the
London stage, appearing opposite Yul Brynner in "Lute Song"
and spending two years with John Clements in "The Beaux Stratagem".
Seeking more variety of work, she returned to Scotland and spent
2/3 years with The Glasgow Citizens Theatre.
On television, Iris is perhaps best known for her recurring role
in the pioneering ITV medical drama "Emergency Ward Ten";
(a credit she shares with several other member of the Timeslip
cast and crew). She also made no less than three appearances in
The Avengers for ABC... most notably in the 1969 episode "Stay
Tuned" where she played John Steed's blind boss, Father!
TV work includes:
Emergency-Ward 10 (Series) as Nurse Mary Stevenson
The Avengers - Mission to Montreal (1962) as Sheila Dawson
The Avengers - November 5 (1963) as Fiona
Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Downfall (1964) as Mrs. Webster
The Avengers - Stay Tuned (1969) as Father
Timeslip (1970) (Series) as Jean Skinner
Thriller - Spell of Evil (1973) as Mrs. Roberts
The Sweeney - Thou Shalt Not Kill (1975) as Miss Jennifer Lewis
Fanny by Gaslight (1981) as Mrs. Somerford
Fergie & Andrew: Behind the Palace Doors (1992) as Queen Elizabeth
Road Rage (1998) as Pamela Tarling
Perfect Strangers (2001) as Old Henrietta
The Other Dear Charmer as Nancy Maclehose
Probation Officer as Mrs Fiske
Bleak House (Original BBC Production) as Lady Deadlock
The Highlander as The Villainess
Film work includes:
The Armchair Detective (1952) as Jane
The Yellow Robe (1953)
The Stolen Airliner (1955) as Mrs. Head
The Moonraker (1957) as Judith Strangeways
It's All Happening (1963) as Nellie (aka The Dream Maker: USA
Theatre work includes:
King Lear as Goneril
Lottie Dundas as Lottie Dundas
Caste as Esther Eccles
The Beaux Stratagem as Dorinda
Photo Finish as Stella
Scottish Theatre includes:
The Other Dear Charmer as Nancy Maclehose (Clarinda)
The Taming of the Shrew as Katherine
Venus Observed as Perpetua
The Diary of a Scoundrel as Auntie Kleopatra
Highland Fair as Nanny
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