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Creator / Linda Thorson

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Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson on June 18, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian actress who has performed mostly on television and stage.

She's best known for playing Tara King, the successor of Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) as the partner of John Steed (Patrick Macnee) in the final two seasons of the British series The Avengers in 1968 and 1969, of which she's the last surviving main cast member.

She has appeared in many other TV series such as Return of the Saint, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and The Transporter, and she had a recurring role on Emmerdale as Rosemary King. She also made a guest appearance on Schitt's Creek.

Tropes & Trivia about her works:

  • Dyeing for Your Art: When she started working on The Avengers, she was asked to bleach her hair blonde to distinguish Tara King from Emma Peel. A dye failure ruined her hair and she had to wear a wig for several episodes. She was also told to lose weight, so she was given diet pills.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: In some episodes of Season 6 of The Avengers, Tara's hair is very short. This is because the above-mentioned dye failure forced her to wear a wig. The short hair was Linda's growing back. One episode even has characters arguing about what color Tara's hair is.
  • Stage Names: Her professional surname "Thorson" comes from shortening the surname of her first husband, Barry Bergthorson.