Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson, June 18 1947, Toronto, Ontario), is a Canadian actress on TV and films, mostly in the UK and United States.
An alumna of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
(RADA), her professional name is based upon her first married name, Mrs Barry Bergthorson.
She was married to the American news anchorman and producer Bill Boggs with whom she has a son named Trevor, but they divorced. She married production designer Gavin Mitchell on 20 November 2005.
Thorson is best known for her role as Tara King
(succeeding Diana Rigg
) in the last season of the British
TV adventure series, The Avengers
, with the original star Patrick Macnee
. She was reunited with Macnee in a commercial for Laurent-Perrier champagne
in the mid 1970s which led to the series reappearing as The New Avengers
, although Thorson did not reprise her role.
Since then, she appeared in character roles in many TV series and films, including Thriller, Return of the Saint, The Greek Tycoon (1978), Sweet Liberty (1986), and Marblehead Manor (1987). She had a lengthy run in the daytime drama One Life to Live as Julia Medina. She also appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation - 'The Chase' (1993) (playing a Cardassian starship captain - Gul Ocett) in the early 1990s. Throughout her career Thorson has returned to the stage, performing in over fifty dramatic and musical productions, including five appearances on Broadway.
In 2002 she portrayed a Supreme Court Justice in the movie Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal and Ja Rule.
Throughout 2006/7 Linda played the villainous Rosemary King in the ITV series, Emmerdale and most recently played Hesther Salomon in the UK tour of Equus which co starred Simon Callow and Alfie Allen. In the Summer of 2008 she appears at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park with Millicent Martin, Topol, and Lisa O'Hare in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Gigi.