Claire Nielson

Claire Nielson (née Isbister; born 8 April 1937) is a Scottish actress, primarily known for her television roles. On television, she played the wife of the belligerent American guest, Mr. Hamilton, in the "Waldorf Salad" episode of Fawlty Towers,[1] appeared as Jean 'Porridge' Carter, Geoffrey Stock's secretary, in the popular 1960s crime series Ghost Squad and played the wife of Rikki Fulton's character in many sketches of the Scottish Hogmanay show Scotch and Wry during the 1970s until 1999. Other TV credits include Upstairs, Downstairs, Monarch of the Glen, The Brothers, The Two Ronnies, Z-Cars and Taggart. She also appeared as Barbara Grant in the 1973 film version of Kidnapped, opposite Michael Caine and Trevor Howard.

Claire Nielson
Claire Isbister

(1937-04-08) 8 April 1937 (age 83)
NationalityUnited Kingdom


  1. ^ Bright, Morris; Ross, Robert (2001). Fawlty Towers: fully booked. BBC. p. 125. ISBN 9780563534396.

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