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.
Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. In 1987, Baker married Sue Jerrard, who had been an assistant editor on Doctor Who. 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. In 1981 he married Lalla Ward who had co-starred in Doctor Who with him for two years - their marriage lasted only 16 months. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). In response to the numerous inquiries he gets about his time as the Doctor he often replies 'You will have to excuse me but I was drunk at the time.'. During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Several reference books published in the late 1980s erroneously reported that Baker died of a drug overdose in 1982. Baker does have a reputation, acknowledged in his autobiography, of being a heavy drinker like fellow Doctor actor William Hartnell, and sometimes makes humourous reference to it.
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. His distinctive voice has become a gift for impressionists, and he is regularly impersonated in the popular comedy series Dead Ringers. She was a dancer in a West End production when she was offered work as a film extra. He has also written an autobiography, entitled Who on Earth is Tom Baker (ISBN 000638854X ). Born Georgette Lizette Withers she began acting at the age of 12. Also a talented writer, Baker created a short fairytale-style novel titled The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (ISBN 057119771X), which has been described as "A Grotesque Masterpiece". Googie Withers (born March 12, 1917 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a British actress. Baker had a brief foray into the world of music, providing the monologue to the track Witness to a Murder (Part Two) on the album Six by Mansun.
He plays Donald McDonald, an eccentric former race car champion who, having been away since early childhood, returns home after hearing of the death of his brother Hector (who was played by Richard Briers until his departure at the end of the previous season). More recently, Baker completed filming a season of Monarch of the Glen, a popular BBC drama series. He also narrated the comedic BBC radio series Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World and later Little Britain and continues to narrate the television series of the same name. He had a part in the 2001 BBC Radio 4 version of The Thirty-Nine Steps as Sir Walter Bullivant.
In the late 1990s he had a recurring role in the revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He became mostly known, however, for doing advertising voiceovers. He played character parts on television and radio (including an Elizabethan sea captain in Blackadder and Puddleglum in the BBC's production of The Chronicles of Narnia), and also hosted the children's literature show The Book Tower. Baker's subsequent career was relatively unremarkable.
However, Sylvester McCoy is considered by some to be the longest serving Doctor, on and off screen, having assumed the role in 1987 and, despite the series' cancellation in 1989, only relinquishing it to Paul McGann in 1996. Baker's tenure as the Doctor on screen lasted the longest. Prior to leaving Doctor Who, Baker had married, as his second wife, his co-star Lalla Ward, but they divorced after 16 months. His decision to move on in 1981 was regretted by many of the programme's fans, and his incarnation is generally regarded as the most popular of the Doctors.
His eccentric style of dress, particularly with his trademark long scarf, and speech made him an immediately recognisable figure, and the viewing public quickly forgot his predecessors. In 1974, Baker took on the role of the Doctor from Jon Pertwee, and quickly made it his own. In 1971, he got his first big break with the role of Rasputin in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. He left school at 15 to become a novice monk and remained in the monastic life for six years, but left and went into the Merchant Navy, at the same time taking up acting, at first as a hobby.
His father was a sailor who was rarely at home resulting in Tom being raised largely by his mother in her Roman Catholic faith. Baker was born in Liverpool. Thomas Stewart Baker (born January 20, 1934) is a British actor, mainly associated with the role of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, whom he played for seven years.