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Damaris Hayman (1929-2021)

It's with sincere regret that Whotopia has to inform readers that the wonderful Damaris Hayman passed away today at the age of 91.

Damaris Hayman will be familiar to Doctor Who fans when in 1971 she took on the role of the eccentric Miss Hawthorne in the acclaimed Third Doctor story The Daemons. It was a perfectly pitched performance and one she was very proud of. Her chemistry with Jon Pertwee and the cast helped ensure the story is one of the best-loved in the Doctor Who universe.

In 2017 she returned to the character to appear in The White Witch of Devil's End, a spin-off story based on the character released by Koch Media.

Ms. Hayman had a long career in British film and television, playing mostly well to do, slightly eccentric, ladies. She made her TV debut in 1953 as Eliza in The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Her film debut came a year later in The Belles of St Trinian's, the first in the comedy series set in a girls school.

It was a world Hayman knew well having been educated at the exclusive Cheltenham Ladies' College.

Television appearances included in series such as: The Citadel, Citizen James, Somerset Maugham Hour, Crossroads, Steptoe and Son, Z Cars, The Dickie Henderson Show, Beggar My Neighbour, Armchair Theatre, Ours Is a Nice House, The Onedin Line, The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Witches' Brew, The Small World of Samuel Tweet, The Dick Emery Show, The Basil Brush Show and One Foot in the Grave.

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