One of the greats from the horror genre is nothing more than a hammer horror legend with us Barbara Shelley died. The veteran actress, who was still receiving fan mail praising her classic work, was hospitalized in December and subsequently caught Covid-19. Shelley managed to beat the disease, but “underlying problems” caused her to pass away soon after. She was 88 years old.
“She really was Hammer’s leading lady and the Technicolor queen of Hammer,” said Thomas Bowington, Shelley’s agent. “She could be angry on screen. She goes from statuesque beauty to just animal savagery. She was a regular favorite at gamer events and autograph shows, but also performed on stage with the RSC. She adored Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and loved working with them, she loved that very much. “
Actress Nicola Bryant who worked with Shelley Doctor Whoalso addressed the news of her death. She said, “It’s very sad to hear Barbara Shelley passed away. A sweet person and a talented actress. When we worked together Planet of fire She was so nice to me. She gave me a little owl, still in my possession, and some good advice. RIP Barbara Shelley. Wise and wonderful woman. “
Known as “The UK Horror’s First Lead Actress,” Shelley is best known as Hammer Horror’s number one female star who appears in a variety of classic genre films by the production company. This includes roles in The gorgon, Dracula, Prince of Darkness, Rasputin, the mad monk, The secret of the blood island, and Quatermass and the pit. The legendary Scream Queen also had memorable roles in other classic horror films such as Blood of the vampire, Ghost story, and Village of the Damned.
Shelley had also worked on the small screen that played a role in the for several years Doctor Who serial Planet of fire. She also had roles in shows like The Saint, The avengers, Blake’s 7th, The Borgias, 12 o’clock high, and EastEnders. In 2010 she was interviewed about her career for the BBC documentary series A horror story. In a separate interview with Express, Shelley also recalls learning at a science fiction convention that fans loved her because she always played the strong woman.
“What I thought was a brilliant thing to say about one,” Shelley said. “I’ve never seen it that way. The fact that I still get mail from my horror fan base really moves me.” The legend added, “Nobody told me I was beautiful. They said I was photogenic, but nobody said I was beautiful. If they had, I would have had a lot more fun!”
At this point, our thoughts turn to everyone who knew Shelley and is now mourning her death. Shelley will always be remembered as the legend of the screen and one of the greatest scream queens of the horror genre of all time. May she rest in peace. This message comes to us from the Daily mail.
Topics: Hammer, Doctor Who