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Isla Blair

British actress

Isla Blair is ...


Born 29 September 1944 in Bengaluru
Age 78 years, 7 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Spouse Julian Glover
Child Jamie Glover
Occupation actor, film actor and stage actor
Educated at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

About Isla Blair

Isla Blair: The British Actress Who Defied the Odds

Isla Blair is a force to be reckoned with. Born in 1944 in Bangalore, India, she moved to England with her family at a young age and began her acting career in the 1960s. Despite facing numerous challenges as a woman in the male-dominated industry, Blair has carved out a successful career spanning over five decades.

Blair's early career saw her performing in a variety of stage productions, including the West End production of "The Canterbury Tales" and the Royal Shakespeare Company's "The Wars of the Roses." She also appeared in several television shows, including "The Avengers" and "Doctor Who."

In the 1970s, Blair made her mark in film, starring in the critically acclaimed "The Great Gatsby" alongside Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. She also appeared in "The Return of the Pink Panther" and "The Human Factor," among others.

Despite her success, Blair faced numerous challenges as a woman in the industry. In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, she spoke about the sexism she encountered early in her career. "I remember being told by a director that I was too pretty to play a character," she said. "I thought, 'What does that have to do with anything?'"

Blair's determination and talent have earned her numerous accolades throughout her career. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope" and won a Laurence Olivier Award for her role in "The Caretaker."

Blair has also been recognized for her work offstage. She is a patron of the charity Action for ME, which supports people with myalgic encephalomyelitis, and has been an advocate for mental health awareness.

At 77 years old, Blair shows no signs of slowing down. She recently appeared in the BBC drama "Doctors" and is set to star in the upcoming film "The Last Bus." Her career is a testament to her talent, resilience, and determination to succeed in an industry that has not always been kind to women.


- "Isla Blair: 'I was told I was too pretty to play a character'" by Emine Saner, The Guardian, 23 June 2018

- "Isla Blair: 'I'm not a diva, I'm a grafter'" by Caroline Bishop, The Stage,

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