Gillian Raine

Gillian Mary Lorraine (28 December 1926[1][2] – 19 June 2018),[3] known professionally as Gillian Raine, was a British actress and singer. She was married to actor Leonard Rossiter from 1964 until his death in 1984; they had one daughter, Camilla (b. 1972).[4]

Gillian Raine
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Gillian Mary Lorraine

(1926-12-28)28 December 1926
Died19 June 2018(2018-06-19) (aged 91)
London, England
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1946–2018
(m. 1964; died 1984)

Raine appeared in repertory theatre, TV drama and film productions.[5][6] Her theatre works included Hedda Gabler (as Juliana Tesman), 2005, at The Duke of York's Theatre, Richard Eyre's production of La Grande Magia for the National Theatre, Mike Bradwell’s Mackerel Sky at the Bush Theatre and Bill Bryden’s production of A Month in the Country at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and in the West End at the Albery Theatre.[5] Film work included Darling and A Night to Remember and on television Kiss Me Kate, Vanity Fair, A Very Peculiar Practice and Under the Hammer.[6] She met Rossiter when they were both appearing in the play Semi-Detached in 1962 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.[7]

Leonard's marriage to Josephine Tewson had ended in 1961.[8] During the play's second run at the Belgrade, in September 1963, Leonard and Gillian fell in love and started to live together, although they did not marry until 1972.[9] Semi-Detached subsequently played briefly on Broadway in October 1963.[10] She played the part of Phyllis Bennett in the 1987 TV Series, The Charmer starring Nigel Havers, and appeared as Harriet Longthorn in New Tricks (S5:E3, "A Face for Radio," 2008).[11][12] She died in 2018 at the age of 91.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 A Night to Remember Passenger Uncredited
1968 Last of the Long-haired Boys Mara Trigg
2012 The Hour Mrs. Goldman (final appearance)


  1. ^ "Gillian Mary Lorraine ROSSITER - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)".
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - entry for Rossiter - accessed 4 July 2011
  3. ^ "Find a will | GOV.UK".
  4. ^ "Personal Remembrances, includes many pictures with Raine and his daughter". Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Gillian Raine | Theatricalia".
  6. ^ a b "Gillian Raine". BFI.
  7. ^ "Production of Semi-Detached | Theatricalia".
  8. ^ "Still keeping up appearances". 11 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Personal Remembrances, includes picture with Raine in the play 'Semi-Detached'". Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Semi-Detached – Broadway Play – 1963 Revival | IBDB".
  11. ^ "Masterpiece | TV Guide".
  12. ^ "New Tricks - S5 - Episode 3: A Face for Radio". Radio Times.
  13. ^ "Equity - Equity Council digest: November 2018".

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