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Caroline Bliss (born 12 July 1961) is an English actress who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is best known for her appearance as M's secretary, Miss Moneypenny, in the James Bond films of the Timothy Dalton era.

Caroline Bliss
Born (1961-07-12) 12 July 1961 (age 58)
Other namesCaroline Secombe
Notable credit(s)
"Miss Moneypenny" in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)


Early lifeEdit

She attended Godolphin and Latymer School, in the year above Samantha Bond.

Miss MoneypennyEdit

At the age of 25, Bliss replaced the long-standing Lois Maxwell in the films The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.[1] She is the youngest actress to have played the role of Miss Moneypenny as the other actresses—Lois Maxwell, Samantha Bond and Naomie Harris—all began to play their roles at their thirties.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Bliss is the granddaughter of composer Sir Arthur Bliss, former Master of the Queen's Music.[2] She is married to author and actor Andy Secombe and the couple reside in Goonbell[3][4] with their two children.[5]


Her film and television work includes appearances in:


Her theatre work includes:

  • Blood Brothers
  • Blue Remembered Hills
  • Eve
  • Fuente Ovejuna
  • Good
  • Particular Friendships
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Rough Justice
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's


  1. ^ a b Field, Matthew; Chowdhury, Ajay (2015). Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films. Foreword by George Lazenby. The History Press. ISBN 978-0-750-96421-0. Retrieved 13 April 2016 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Kay, Richard (20 February 2013). "Home win for Abramovich in £10m row". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 April 2016. The role — for The Living Daylights — eventually went to Caroline Bliss, granddaughter of the former master of the Queen's music, Sir Arthur Bliss.
  3. ^ Turner, Robin (3 October 2010). "Harry Secombe's son recalls childhood of stars and laughter". Wales Online. Media Wales. Retrieved 13 April 2016. Andy Secombe, perhaps best known for providing the voice of insectoid creature Watto in the Star Wars prequels, has fittingly just moved into the Cornish village of Goonbell, with his actress wife Caroline Bliss.
  4. ^ "Now in Truro via Tatooine, Star Wars actor James gets ready to publish his fifth novel". The West Briton. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Why I'll always be grateful that my Dad was a Goon". Western Morning News. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016.[permanent dead link]

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