Luan Peters

Luan Peters (18 June 1946 – 24 December 2017), also known as Karol Keyes, was an English actress and singer.

Luan Peters
Carol Ann Hirsch

(1946-06-18)18 June 1946
Died24 December 2017(2017-12-24) (aged 71)
Other namesKarol Keyes
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1950–1990, 2005


Born Carol Ann Hirsch, she made her stage debut in a pantomime aged four, then went on to win a drama scholarship at the age of 16 after a performance of Twelfth Night.[1]

She started singing in a band for £2 a night as a way of earning extra money while attending drama school. In Manchester, under the name Karol Keyes (named after her management, Keystone Promotions), she fronted Karol Keyes and the Big Sound, a band previously known as The Fat Sound.[1][2] One of her first records was an Ike & Tina Turner song called "A Fool in Love", released on Columbia. She left that band in June 1966; subsequently, as Luan Peters (a name she adopted in the late 1960s),[1] she succeeded Tina Charles as frontwoman of 5000 Volts.[2] A year later, she joined Joan Littlewood’s drama school at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In 1971 she starred in Not Tonight Darling a drama directed by Anthony Sloman

Peters is known for her appearances in Hammer horror films of the 1970s such as Lust for a Vampire (1971) and Twins of Evil (1971). Other film credits include Man of Violence (1969), Freelance (1971), Not Tonight, Darling (1971), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), Vampira (1974), Land of the Minotaur (1976), The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980) and Pacific Banana (1981).

Her stage work includes A Man Most Likely To (1969, with George Cole), Pyjama Tops (1969), Decameron 73 (1973), John, Paul, George, Ringo ... and Bert (1974, playing Linda McCartney), Tom Stoppard's Dirty Linen (1976), Shut Your Eyes And Think Of England! (1978) and Funny Peculiar (1985).

In 1972, she starred in the unbroadcast television series Go Girl, as a go-go dancer caught up in thriller situations. The pilot episode, possibly the only one made, was released twice on UK video in the early 1980s, first as Give Me a Ring Sometime (the pilot episode title) and later as Passport to Murder.[1] Other series were: Z-Cars, Dear Mother...Love Albert, Public Eye, Coronation Street (playing series regular Lorna Shawcross in 1971), Doctor Who (in the serials The Macra Terror in 1967, and Frontier in Space in 1973), Target, The Professionals, and the Fawlty Towers episode "The Psychiatrist" in which she played Raylene Miles, an Australian tourist.[3] Her last known television role was in an episode of The Bill in 1990. In 2005, she was interviewed for the documentary Fawlty Towers Revisited.[4]


Luan Peters died on Christmas Eve 2017, but her death was not made public until June 2018.[5]



  • "The Good Love The Bad Love" "Gonna Find me a Substitute" (Karol Keyes & the Big Sound, Unreleased Abbey Rd. EMI audition Recording)
  • "No One Can Take Your Place"/"You Beat Me To The Punch" (Fontana TF517 December 1964) (as Karol Keyes)
  • "One in a Million" (1964) (as Karol Keyes)
  • "A Fool in Love/The Good Love and the Bad Love" (1966) (as Karol Keyes)
  • "Don't Jump" (1966) (as Karol Keyes)
  • "Can't You Hear the Music"/"The Sweetest Touch" (Fontana TF 846 July 1967) (as Karol Keyes)
  • "Crazy Annie/ Colours" (1970)
  • "Everything I Want to Do/Billy Come Down" (1973, Polydor)
  • "Love Countdown/Beach Love" (1977, CBS, Germany)
  • "Dolphin Dive" (1979)
  • "It's Me Again Margaret/Henhouse Holiday" (1980, Precision)
  • "Trouble" (1981, from the film Pacific Banana)


  1. ^ a b c d Crimson, Gavin (1 September 2008). "'Viva Peters' – the career of Luan Peters". Gavcrimson (blog). Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Big Sound / The Fat Sound". Manchester Beat. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009.
  3. ^ "The Psychiatrist: Fawlty Towers, Series 2 Episode 2 of 6". BBC. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ ten Cate, Hans (22 November 2005). "Fawlty Towers Anniversary Show to Air on PBS". Daily Llama.
  5. ^ "Luan Peters Has A Love Countdown". The Reprobate. 11 June 2018. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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