Janet Neilson Horsburgh (28 September 1934 – 6 December 1972), better known as Janet Munro, was an English actress. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the film Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) and received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for her performance in the film Life for Ruth (1962).
Janet Neilson Horsburgh|
28 September 1934
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
6 December 1972 (aged 38)|
Archway, London, England
|Cause of death||Ischemic heart disease|
|Resting place||Golders Green Crematorium|
(m. 1956; div. 1959)
(m. 1963; div. 1971)
Munro starred in three Disney films: Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Third Man on the Mountain (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960). Other notable film credits were in The Trollenberg Terror (1958) and The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961).
Born Janet Neilson Horsburgh, the daughter of Scottish comedian Alex Munro (real name Alexander Neilson Horsburgh) and his wife, Phyllis Robertshaw, in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1934, she used her father's stage name professionally. 
She grew up on the road with her father, often appearing with him on stage. Her mother died when Janet was seven. She moved to the town of Embsay at aged ten to live with her aunt and uncle for a time. When her father remarried she was raised by him and her stepmother. After leaving school she went to work in a shoe shop but her goal was to become an actor.
Munro began acting professionally at age 17. She appeared in repertory theatre, working in Preston, Oldham and Hull. Her wage at the time was around £8 a week.
Munro appeared in a BBC TV adaptation of I Capture the Castle (1954), playing the lead part of Rose.
She had a small part in the Gordon Harker comedy Small Hotel (1957) and started appearing regularly on British TV shows such as ITV Television Playhouse ("One of Us", "Pickup Girl", "Lace on Her Petticoat") and Armchair Theatre ("Trial by Candlelight", "The Deaf Heart").
Munro could be seen in ingenue parts in The Trollenberg Terror (1958) and The Young and the Guilty (1958) and had the romantic lead in a TV adaptation of Berkeley Square (1959) for Hallmark Hall of Fame.
She was particularly well received in "Pick Up Girl". Munro was cast as the female lead in Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). Disney liked her performance and signed her to a five year contract. 
Munro took time off to concentrate on raising a family but went back to it after her second marriage ended in divorce. She appeared in episodes of Vendetta ("The Running Man"), and Thirty-Minute Theatre ("Turn Off If You Know the Ending") and had a support part in Sebastian (1968).
Munro died from a heart attack caused by chronic ischaemic heart disease at Whittington Hospital, north London in 1972, aged 38 years. She was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium.
|1958||The Young and the Guilty||Sue Connor|
|The Trollenberg Terror||Anne Pilgrim||Alternative title: The Crawling Eye (U.S. theatrical release)|
|1959||Darby O'Gill and the Little People||Katie O'Gill||With Sean Connery|
|Third Man on the Mountain||Lizbeth Hempel|
|Tommy the Toreador||Amanda|
|1960||Swiss Family Robinson||Roberta 'Bertie'|
|1961||The Day the Earth Caught Fire||Jeannie Craig|
|1962||Life for Ruth||Pat Harris||Alternative title: Walk in the Shadow|
|1963||Bitter Harvest||Jennie Jones|
|1964||Hide and Seek||Maggie|
|They All Died Laughing||Delia Brooks|
|1957||ITV Television Playhouse||Elizabeth Collins||1 episode|
|4 episodes, including Afternoon of a Nymph|
|1957–1968||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Helen Pettigrew
|1967||Thirty-Minute Theatre||Carol||1 episode|
|1968–1969||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Helen Graham||4 episodes|
|1971||Play for Today||Mabel||1 episode|
|1972||Adam Smith||Elizabeth Crichton||5 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1960||17th Golden Globe Awards||Most Promising Newcomer – Female||Won|
|1963||16th British Academy Film Awards||Best British Actress||Nominated|
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