Googie Withers

Googie Withers (born March 12, 1917 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a British actress.

Born Georgette Lizette Withers she began acting at the age of 12. She was a dancer in a West End production when she was offered work as a film extra. She arrived on the set to find one of the major players in the production had been dismissed, and she was immediately asked to step into the role.

During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938).

Among her successes of the 1940s was One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), a topical World War II drama in which she played a resistance fighter who helps British airmen return to safety from behind enemy lines.

Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. Married to Australian actor John McCallum since 1948, the couple met on a film set in Britain, and returned to Australia where both worked frequently in television together and appeared in a number of stage productions. They are the parents of the actors Nicholas McCallum and Joanna McCallum.

Withers' most recent screen performance was as the music teacher in the film Shine (1996) for which she and the other cast members were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for "Outstanding Performance By A Cast".

Withers was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002.


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Withers was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002.
. Withers' most recent screen performance was as the music teacher in the film Shine (1996) for which she and the other cast members were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for "Outstanding Performance By A Cast". He has reprised the role of the Fifth Doctor in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions. They are the parents of the actors Nicholas McCallum and Joanna McCallum. He has also starred in the television series The Last Detective (2003) and Distant Shores (2004), the latter where he coincidentally also played a doctor. Married to Australian actor John McCallum since 1948, the couple met on a film set in Britain, and returned to Australia where both worked frequently in television together and appeared in a number of stage productions. He continued to appear occasionally on television, but it was not until 2000 that he returned in another major role, that of David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites.

Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. This, and the opportunity to play Tristan Farnon again in 1985 and 1990, kept Davison busy until the early 1990s, when he gradually faded from the public eye. Among her successes of the 1940s was One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), a topical World War II drama in which she played a resistance fighter who helps British airmen return to safety from behind enemy lines. Davison also played the lead in Campion, a series based on the period whodunnits of Margery Allingham. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). The surreal comedy-drama was revived several years later as A Very Polish Practice. During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. He played Dr Stephen Daker, the ingenuous hero of A Very Peculiar Practice, written by Andrew Davies.

She arrived on the set to find one of the major players in the production had been dismissed, and she was immediately asked to step into the role. It was not until 1986 that Davison worked on another really popular series. She was a dancer in a West End production when she was offered work as a film extra. Reportedly, Patrick Troughton (who had played the Second Doctor) had recommended to Davison that he leave the role after three years, and Davison followed his advice. Born Georgette Lizette Withers she began acting at the age of 12. Attracting such a high-profile actor was as much of a coup for the programme's producers as getting the role was for him, but he did not renew his contract because he feared being typecast. Googie Withers (born March 12, 1917 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a British actress. Davison appeared in some British sitcoms before signing a contract to play the Doctor for three years, succeeding Tom Baker.

He and Dickinson appeared together in an episode of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He married American actress Sandra Dickinson in the same year, but they divorced in 1994. His performance as the ne'er-do-well Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small made him a household name. He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and appeared in several stage productions and some minor television roles before he got his big break in 1978.

Davison was born Peter Moffett in London, his father being originally from Guyana. Davison's departure was regarded by many as the kiss of death for the programme, though it survived several more years with other actors in the role. Peter Davison (born April 13, 1951) is a popular British actor, most commonly associated with the leading role in Doctor Who, which he played from 1981 to 1984 (see List of Doctor Who serials).

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