Denise Bryer

Denise Bryer (5 January 1928 – 16 October 2021) was an English actress, known for her voice roles on television and radio.

Denise Bryer
Born(1928-01-05)5 January 1928[1]
London, England
Died16 October 2021(2021-10-16) (aged 93)
Years active1946–2021
(m. 1954; div. 1989)


Best remembered in her UK homeland for her work on the Gerry Anderson series, Terrahawks, where she voiced both the main villain Zelda and the heroic Capt. Mary Falconer, Bryer became well known in the United States when she voiced Billina in Disney's 1985 film Return to Oz, as well as The Junk Lady in the 1986 movie Labyrinth, and many other films.[2] In addition to her work voice acting in film and television, she worked extensively on UK radio and children's recordings.

Bryer first came to public attention when she voiced Twizzle in Gerry Anderson's The Adventures of Twizzle and would go on to voice in Anderson's later series Four Feather Falls as Ma Jones and Little Jake. She also voiced Kiki The Frog in Hector's House and Noddy on the eponymous television show between 1955 till 1969 alongside commercials for Kellogg's Ricicles and audio adaptations. She dubbed the voice of Commander Makara in the Japanese puppet series Star Fleet around the same time as Terrahawks. In Big Finish's Doctor Who audio dramas The Reaping and The Gathering, she provided the voice of Dominique Van Gyseghem.


Bryer featured in Eurydice, a 1951 BBC Radio adaptation of a play by Jean Anouilh. The cast included Paul Scofield and Sebastian Cabot.[3]

In 1954, she appeared in Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm, aired on the BBC Third Programme, with Michael Hordern.


Bryer also starred in or narrated several of the stories in the Tale Spinners for Children series of record albums released beginning in 1960.[4] She also was a narrator of the Marshall Cavendish partwork Storyteller I and II as well as the little StoryTeller series.

Personal lifeEdit

Bryer married actor/presenter Nicholas Parsons in 1954; together they had two children, interior designer son Justin and daughter Suzy.[5] Bryer and Parsons divorced in 1989 after thirty five years of marriage[6] but remained on friendly terms.[5]

Bryer died on 16 October 2021, at the age of 93.[7]


Film and televisionEdit


What Ho! Jeeves! Joy in the morning! Edwin the boy scout (1978)



  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Latest Titles With Denise Bryer". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Paul Scofield's Performances". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Tale Spinners for Children". Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b LEWIS, ROZ (29 July 2016). "Nicholas Parsons: Celebrity traveller". Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  6. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (3 December 2017). "Nicholas Parsons: 'I irritated my family because they didn't like showoffs'" – via
  7. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (18 October 2021). "Denise Bryer – actress who played Zelda in Terrahawks – dies, aged 93". Radio Times.

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