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Isobel Black
Isobel Anne Black

(1942-12-15) 15 December 1942 (age 81)
Edinburgh, Scotland
EducationQueen Elizabeth's School for Girls
SpouseJames Gatward
Children3 daughters

Isobel Anne Gatward BEM (née Black; born 15 December 1942), known professionally as Isobel Black, is a British actress. She is the daughter of the screenwriter Ian Stuart Black.

Isobel Black attended Queen Elizabeth's Girls' Grammar School in Barnet, Hertfordshire. She is possibly best known for her parts in films such as The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Twins of Evil (1971) (both horror films made by Hammer), The Magnificent Two (1967) with Morecambe and Wise, David Copperfield (1969), and 10 Rillington Place (1971).

She has also made many appearances on television, including Dixon of Dock Green, Elephant Boy, Danger Man, The Plane Makers, The Avengers, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Troubleshooters, The Spies, Mystery and Imagination, Department S, Ace of Wands, The Capone Investment and The Brief.

As Isobel Gatward, she was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2017 New Year Honours for her services to the charitable sector, in particular her work for the Mayflower Theatre Trust in Southampton over the previous 30 years.


Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Kiss of the Vampire Tania
1967 The Magnificent Two Officer Juanita
1971 10 Rillington Place Alice
1971 Twins of Evil Ingrid Hoffer


Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Invisible Man Colette - Neighbour (uncredited) Episode: "The White Rabbit"
1961 Sir Francis Drake Sophia Episode: "Boy Jack"
1962 ITV Play of the Week Marie Louise Episode: "My Three Angels"
Emergency Ward 10 Lucy Marsden 14 episodes
1963 Man of the World Acquilina Episode: "Jungle Mission"
BBC Sunday-Night Play The Passenger Episode: "Night Express"
The Plane Makers Rosalind Perry Episode: "Any More for the Skylark?"
First Night Nadia Episode: "It's All Lovely"
1964 Crane Zuida Episode: "The Secret Assassin"
Witch Wood Katrine Yester Episode: "The Call"
Episode: "The Wood at Beltane"
Episode: "White Magic"
Episode: "The Reckoning"
The Count of Monte Cristo Eugenie Danglars Episode: "Unlimited Credit"
Episode: "Evidence of a Crime"
Episode: "News from Janina"
Episode: "Dishonour"
1965 Dixon of Dock Green Ann Denby Episode: "The Avenger"
Story Parade Mary Coppard Episode: "The Campaign"
The Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau Cesarine Birotteau Episode: "Chevalier of the Legion of Honour"
Episode: "Plans for Vengeance"
Episode: "Land Near the Madeleine"
Episode: "Give Us This Day"
R3 Diana Episode: "The Big Balloon"
The Avengers Clare Prendergast Episode: "Silent Dust"
1966 The Spies Melina Episode: "The Trouble with Aristotle"
Danger Man Maruja Episode: "The Man with the Foot"
The Likely Lads Ursula Episode: "Brief Encounter"
Adam Adamant Lives! Samantha Episode: "The Doomsday Plan"
The Scales of Justice Bridget Episode: "The Haunted Man"
Vendetta Leila Episode: "The Kneeling Man"
1965-1967 No Hiding Place Ann Bond
Pauline Digby
Episode: "Wolves Get Eaten, Too"
Episode: "A Girl Like You"
1967 This Way for Murder Sandra 6 episodes
1968 NBC Experiment in Television Ann Episode: "Four Days to Omaha"
Jackanory Storyteller Episode: "Spirit of the Mustard Pot"
Episode: "Queen of the Desert"
Episode: "Explorer in a Poke Bonnet"
Episode: "An Unusual Governess"
Episode: "The Aeroplane Girl"
1967-1968 The Troubleshooters Eileen O'Rourke Episode: "We're Not One of Us Perfect"
Episode: "Where the Carpet Ends"
Episode: "A Nice White Girl - Is She for Sale?"
Episode: "Mr. Know-How"
Episode: "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"
Episode: "Thanks for Nothing"
Episode: "Rest Your Merry"
Episode: "The Deeper You Dig"
Episode: "Kitchener Knew It Well"
Episode: "Just a Bunch of Arabs in Kilts"
Episode: "A Girl to Warm Your Feet On"
Episode: "Give Me the Simple Life"
Episode: "The Slight Problem with the Press"
Episode: "The Day the Sea Caught Fire"
Episode: "The Wrecking of the Sierra Nevada"
Episode: "The Minister of the Crown... and the Very Compromising Photograph"
1968 The Revenue Men Stella Bruce Episode: "Little Rich Girl"
Detective Olivia Revell Episode: "The High Adventure"
1965-1968 The Wednesday Play Victory
Friedel Westermann
Annabel Tranter-Percy
The Girl
Episode: "The Girl Who Loves Robots"
Episode: "Calf Love"
Episode: "A Brilliant Future Behind Him"
Episode: "The Lower Largo Sequence"
1968 ITV Playhouse Rachel Bell Episode: "The Tycoon"
1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre Paula Episode: "Steve"
Department S Maria Episode: "The Soup of the Day"
1970 David Copperfield Clara Copperfield Television film
Mystery and Imagination Margaret Trelawny Episode: "Curse of the Mummy"
Redgauntlet Greenmantle Episode: "Warning from a Lady"
Episode: "Race Against the Tide"
Episode: "Held Prisoner"
Episode: "The Trial"
Episode: "The Storm"
Episode: "The Rebels"
Episode: "Death of a Traitor"
Crime of Passion Marthe Victor Episode: "Pierre"
Armchair Theatre Margaret
Episode: "A Young Man in Trouble"
Episode: "The Company Man"
1971 The Misfit Agnes Episode: "On Europe and Foreigners and Things"
Ace of Wands Thalia Episode: "Nightmare Gas: Part 2"
Episode: "Nightmare Gas: Part 2"
Episode: "Nightmare Gas: Part3"
1973 Elephant Kay Stevens Episode: "Big Fish"
Episode: "Double Dealer"
1974 Castaway Cathy Dunbar Episode: "The Island"
Episode: "The Rest of the Journey"
Episode: "The Man from the Sea"
Episode: "A Handful of Gold"
Episode: "The Other Side of the Island"
Episode: "The Savage"
Episode: The Rebels"
Episode: "The Stone Men"
Episode: "Sail Ho"
Episode: "Another Paradise"
Episode: "Babes in the Wood"
Episode: "Dry Land"
Episode: "Esmeralda Log"
The Capone Investment Fran Episode: "A Murder Missing"
Episode: "The Grass is Greener"
Episode: "The Citizen from Chicago"
Episode: "Money in the Bank"
Episode: "One Killer Makes Two"
Episode: "Final Innings"
1980 The White Bird Passes Liza Television film
1983 Boswell for the Defence Janet Reid Television film
1984 The Brief Samantha Hellier Episode: "People"
Episode:"Long Glyn"
Episode: "Look at Me"
Episode: "Can Kill, No One to Kill"
Episode: "Nickels and Dimes"
Episode: "Ghost"
Episode: "No Questions"
Episode: "Terry"
Episode: "And Then Where Do You Go?"
Episode: "Landscape"
Episode: "Keys"
Episode: "On the Edge"
Episode: "Airstrip One"
Scotland's Story Narrator Episode: "North Britons?"
Episode: "Mary and an End to the French Connection"
Episode: "Disaster at Darien"
Episode: "Act of Union"
Episode: "The '45 and the Aftermath"
Episode: "The Improvers"
Episode: "The Clearances"
Episode: "The Age of Victoria"
Episode: "A Generation Lost"
Episode: "Lean Years"
Episode: "Yet Still the Blood Is Strong"
1990 The Castle of Adventure Aunt Jane 8 episodes
Tygo Road Kate 5 episodes