Promotional short film from 1967, introducing Linda Thorson when she replaced Diana Rigg in The Avengers.
Linda Thorson: The Avengers and More
Linda Thorson (born 18 June, 1947) came to international attention in 1968, when she won the role of Tara King in the 60s cult classic TV show, The Avengers. Only 20-years-old at the time, she had the daunting task of replacing Diana Rigg's Emma Peel as John Steed's avenging sidekick, with her character relying more on feminine guile than the judo and karate of her predecessors.
Many critics felt that Ms. Thorson could never adequately fill Diana Rigg's leather boots, although in retrospect she coped well with her role. Unfortunately, she nor Steed could battle the No.1 show of the time, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and The Avengers was canceled in 1969.
In 2006, Ms. Thorson found herself in another top-rated UK soap opera serial Emmerdale, this time playing the formidable character Rosemary King, a woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Underrated and under-appreciated, Linda Thorson has enjoyed a consistently rewarding career without truly regaining the attention she received at the age of twenty. Hopefully, you'll appreciate and enjoy this tribute to a fine actress.
Major TV Roles
Thriller (1 Episode)
The Return of the Saint (1 Episode)
The Human Zoo (3 Episodes)
Star Trek: TNG (1 Episode)
Emily of New Moon
The Hoop Life
Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective
Introducing Tara King: Linda Thorson in The Avengers
Linda's Film, Stage and TV Roles
Following her stint as Tara King on The Avengers, Linda Thorson secured further work on stage, film and television with roles as diverse as Brian Clemens' well-regarded cult show Thriller, the action-adventure series The Return of the Saint (1978), J. Lee Thompson's The Greek Tycoon (1978) and the Steven Seagal action flick Half Past Dead (2002).
In the theatre, she appeared in critically-regarded stage turns such as Michael Frayn's Noises Off (1983), Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosenzweig (1995) and Peter Shaffer's Equus (2007).
From 1989 to 1992, she appeared as the scheming matriarch Julia Wheaton Medina in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live. And, adding some sci-fi to her resume, she also guest-starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993), playing female Cardassian starship captain Gul Ocett.
In more recent years, Thorson has enjoyed recurring roles in episodic television, such as the Canadian series Emily of New Moon (1998-2000) and the long running British TV series Emmerdale (2006-2007). As recently as 2012, she starred in the American series Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective.
Her full resume of roles can be found here.
Linda in Marblehead Manor: 1987
Linda in Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective: 2012
Linda Speaks About The Avengers, Emmerdale and Pigs!
Video Interview in French
© 2007 Rich
Are You A Linda Thorson Fan?
Byron J Lewis on February 20, 2019:
anonymous on September 08, 2013:
Hello Linda, I was so in love with you as Tara King. It saddened me deeply when the series ended and you & along with Steed shot off into outer space. I never heard anything about you after The Avengers. Where did you go, and what are you doing in this day and age, 2013
anonymous on December 03, 2012:
Linda thorson the most beautiful girl of the world, i love you, i am 64 year old and i live in Chile.
anonymous on February 10, 2011:
My family did not get a TV until the late 1960s, so Linda was the first "Avengers" woman I knew. Always thought she was a babe and a half, and I liked her role in the series. Later saw quite a few Diana Rigg episodes. She was great too.
Found a DVD at the local library containing the "Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This Before)" Tara King episode with the killer clowns, one of my all-time favorites. Watched it for the first time in at least 40 years. Great fun. Was inspired to see what became of Linda, and am glad to see she had a rewarding career despite the unfair criticisms when she first appeared on Avengers.
KokoTravel on December 30, 2010:
She is a lovely woman, but I don't remember her in the Avengers.
justholidays on August 08, 2010:
Fantastic! The very first Avengers episodes I've ever seen were those with Lina Thorson - then as I grew up TV programmed the previous episodes with Mrs Rigg and later on I discovered the new series with Joanna Lumley. I've never seen any episode with Honor Blackman though.
Thanks for having put this together!
anonymous on November 18, 2009:
One of the most, and still today, beautiful women ever to grace our tv screens. Her style, beauty poise grace and elegance remain as constant as ever. Linda Thorson i salute you now and forever. Always with love xx
anonymous on June 19, 2009:
Linda Thorson was also Julia Medina on One Life to Live circa 1990
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on March 31, 2009:
Linda Thorson was a beautiful actress. I never watched the Avengers but I'll be on the lookout for reruns since reading your lens.
anonymous on October 08, 2008:
So much detail, as always!
anonymous on January 13, 2008:
i am looking for any scenes of linda thorson when she was on emmerdale. does anyone have any of these on dvd for a fair price. please email me with the details. thanks email me at Bdetu@aol.com
anonymous on November 27, 2007:
my favorite avenger girl the best partner steed ever had. had the best clothes. also some of the best shows. love her on emmerdale as rosemary she deserves 5 stars.
tplus on October 07, 2007:
Welcome to Get Ratings, Give Ratings! Another great lens and another person I didn't know before reading this lens. Great Job!