Delena Kidd

A profile of the actor Delena Kidd

Delena Kidd has made numerous television appearances over the years. Some of her early work in the 1950s and 1960s was for Associated-Rediffusion, including episodes of Murder Bag (1957-1959), No Hiding Place, (1959-1967) both starring Raymond Francis.

Delena also starred alongside William Franklyn in the series Top Secret, (1961) in an episode entitled After the Fair, playing Jacquetta; in this episode Delena remembers that she "had a huge fight in it with Tony Booth [father of Cherie Blair]" as part of the action of the episode.

Delena recalls "I did lots of work for A.R. [Associated-Rediffusion] in those days, late 50s and 60s, starting very early on with appearances in Murder Bag and No Hiding Place, both starring Raymond Francis, father of Clive." Delena continues "I also did two plays for the director David Boisseau, Loyalties by Galsworthy and a beautiful production of The Enchanted April, many years later filmed with Joan Plowright. I played Lady (?) [Lady Caroline Dester] and also in it were Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Ann Castle and Gwen Watford who was the most popular TV actress at the time. Roger Jenkins did many productions there [Associated-Rediffusion], Ian Fordyce and Peter Graham Scott."

Delena concludes "In all, it was a good time on TV for me and the rehearsal periods we then had for shows, 2 or 3 weeks, meant you got to know your fellow actors. Now most filming is condensed into one or two days without rehearsal. We rehearsed in the A.R. premises at the south end of Holborn."

Delena has also worked regularly on television in the subsequent decades up to the present day. She played Queen Adelaide in the 2001 British/US TV movie Victoria and Albert, which is about the early life of victoria and albert. Victoria and Albert, broadcast in the UK by the BBC in two parts, each of 100 minutes duration (available on DVD on this page).

Some of Delena's other work in television includes: Dangerman, The Avengers, Public Eye, The Sweeney, Hadleigh, Crown Court, Maybury, Minder, Casualty and Family Affairs.  Delena's film work includes Room at the Top (1959).

Delena was born on February 11 1935 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her father, a doctor and her mother, the actress Violet Ormonde. Delena was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and then studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama, at which she she won the Cybil Thorndike Gold Medal Prize upon her graduation. Delena then went on to work in repertory theatre.

Delena Kidd has also had a prolific career in the theatre, specialising in Shaw and Shakespeare. She has worked with her husband Gary Raymond (Jason and the Argonauts, El Cid) on stage in numerous productions.

Delena and Gary married in 1961 and have three children, Matthew Raymond, Emily Raymond and Sophie Raymond. Sophie Raymond is an actor and also appeared in Victoria and Albert.