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KARLIN, Miriam

karlinNow, whatever you think of the two productions involved, you have to admit – A Clockwork Orange and So Haunt Me: that’s variety. Miriam’s one of those Brit actresses who managed to move between the barmaid/charwoman stereotype and the saucy soubrette stereotype with ease. And invest both with far more subtlety than either might suggest in the process. From Big Films like The Entertainer and Room at the Top to trifles such as The Bargee and Fun at St Fanny’s, there’s something for everyone here, even bolshy, whistle-blowing shop stewards.

FINEST HOUR: As Eric Sykes’ grubby sister, testing Peter Sellers’ reverent goodwill to breaking point in Heavens Above!

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