Shirley Cain
Shirley Roberts

(1935-04-30) April 30, 1935 (age 88)
Years active1956–1994
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)

Shirley Cain (born Shirley Roberts; April 30, 1935) is a British actress of film and television.[1][2][3] She graduated from RADA in 1954, and was married to the TV executive John Cain.[4][1]


Year Title Role Note
1986 Harem Embassy Hostess
1982 The Last Visitor Evalie Hobson
1971 Villain[5] Mrs. Matthews Supporting
1962 Son of the House Judith
1961 Return of a Stranger Dorothy
1960 An Honourable Murder
1957 Wishing Well Irene Jennings
1956 Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat Lady Susan Creel
Year Title Role Note
1994 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Doctor's Recepsionist Episode: Vanity Dies Hard: Part 1
1992 Crime Story Johanna van Haarlem Episode: A Question of Identity
1991 The Darling Buds of May Mrs. Hall Episodes: When the Green Woods Laugh: Part 1,

The Darling Buds of May: Part 2

1991 EastEnders Mrs. Collins Episode 1.631
1990 Stolen Miss. Brasher Episode 1.3
1989 Victoria Wood Marge Episode: Over to Pam
1984–1989 The Bill Mrs. Viggers / Mrs. Taylor Episode: Duplicates, Long Odds
1988 Sophia and Constance French saleswoman Episode 1.3
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Sister Wyman Episode: The Surgeon
1987 A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery Miss. Climpson Episode: Strong Poison: Episode One,

Strong Poison: Episode Three

1985 Them and Us Mrs. Morton Episode: Caesar's Snarl
1985 Drummonds Miss. Fenton Episode: A Woman Lost and Found
1985 The Pickwick Pappers Miss. Whiterfield Episode 1.6, 1.7
1984 Love and Marriage Mrs. Murphy Episode: A Matter of Will
1983 Dombey & Son Miss. Tox
1982 Jackanory Sister Monica
1981 Diamonds Catherine Coleman
1980–1981 Brendon Chase Mrs. Bowers
1980 God's Wonderful Railway Jane Grant
1980 Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Phillips Episode 1.2, 1.4
1979 Mistery!: Malice Aforethought Miss. Peavy
1979 Thomas and Sarah Mrs. Hughes Episode: Return to Gethym
1978 People Like Us Edith Clegg
1978 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Miss. Dearborn
1977 Love for Lydia Nurse Simpson
1976 Crown Court Dr. Joan Reedman Episode: Operation Happiness: Part 1
1976 Victorian Scandals Julia Starky Episode: Beloved
1976 BBC2 Playhouse Mrs. Nevinson Episode: The Mind Beyond: Double Echo
1976 Warship Edith Episode: Fist Turn of the Screw
1975 North & South Mrs. Hepworth Episode 1.4
1975 Upstairs, Downstairs Miss. Treadwell
1975 Late Call Renee Cranston Episode 1.2
1975 Churchill's People Alice Episode: On the Anvil
1974 Seven Faces of Woman Anne Kingdom Episode: Cherryripe and the Lugworm Digger
1974 Thriller Mrs. Terrill Episode: Color Him Dead
1973 Murder Must Advertise Miss Rossiter
1972 New Scotland Yard Mary Tyrell Episode: Point of Impact
1965, 1971 Out of the Unknwon Frances Mervyn / Miss Clements
1970 Man at the Top Lottie Dromgan
1970 Play for Today Lady Emma Brenton Episode: The Lie
1969 Not in Front of the Children Hilary
1969 ITV Playhouse Miss Kindle
1965–1967 ITV Play of the Week Kath / Herby Episodes: Top of the Ladder, The Fall of the Sparrow
1967 The Gamblers Miss Pinock Episode: My Dear Sirs
1967 Boy Meets Girl Khaddouj Episode: Love with a Few Harris
1967 Great Expectations Mrs. Gargery
1966 Blackmail Manuela Moot
1966 The Rat Catchers Nancy Dowdeswell Episode: Showdown Vienna
1966 Our Man at St.Mark's Mary Dexter Episode: Are You There?
1960–1966 No Hiding Place Susan Parson / Janet Grantley
1966 The Idiot Varvara Episode: The Prince's Return
1965 Ways with Words
1964 You and the World Brenda Episode: Off to Work
1962–1963 Compact Vendeuse / Fashion expert
1963 Maigret Jeanne Vernoux Episode: The Fontenay Murders
1963 First Night Denise Episode: The Intitation
1963 The Desperate People Claire Seldon
1963 It Happened Like This Miss Turner Episode: The Hidden Witness
1961 BBC Sunday-Night Party Madge Episode: Marriage Lines
1958–1960 Saturday Playhouse Betty Bryan / Susan Lashwood
1960 A Matter of Degree Rosamund
1959 The Vise Carol Episode: Dilemma for Harry
1959 ITV Television Playhouse Valerie
1958–1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Ellen Ford / Beryl Episodes: The Driving Force, The Uninvited


  1. ^ a b "John Cain: Pioneer of social-action television". The Independent. 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Shirley Cain". BFI.
  3. ^ "Shirley Cain".
  4. ^ Fabrique. "Shirley Cain — RADA".
  5. ^ "Villain (1971)". BFI. Retrieved 2 October 2021.