Virginia North, Lady White (24 April 1946 – 5 June 2004) was an Anglo-American actress who appeared in small roles in five films and one TV programme between 1967 and 1971.

Virginia North
Virginia Anne Northrop

(1946-04-24)24 April 1946
Died5 June 2004(2004-06-05) (aged 58)
Years active1967–1971

Life and careerEdit

Born Virginia Anne Northrop in London to a British mother and a U.S. Army father, North spent her early years in Britain, France, Southeast Asia and finally Washington, following her father's military postings. By the mid-1960s she had returned to Britain, where she worked as a model, specialising in swim wear. In 1968 she joined the newly established London agency Models 1, which has since gone on to become one of the major modelling agencies in Europe.

North began her brief film career with small parts in the Bulldog Drummond film Deadlier Than the Male (1967) and the Yul Brynner vehicle The Long Duel (1967). She returned to film two years later as Robot Number Nine in Some Girls Do (1969), the second in the Bulldog Drummond franchise, and as Olympe in two short scenes in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969),[1] thus becoming a "Bond girl".

The 1969 Department S episode "The Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine" marked her only television appearance.

Her last and perhaps best-known role was as Vincent Price's silent assistant, the delectably deadly Vulnavia, in the horror comedy The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1974 North married the wealthy industrialist Gordon White. Later that year she gave birth to her only child, Lucas, who would later become a well-regarded polo player and one of the richest young men in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

When her husband was awarded a KBE in 1979 for services to British industry, becoming Sir Gordon White, Virginia White became Virginia, Lady White. She and White were divorced in 1991. She never remarried and died at her home in West Sussex, England, in June 2004 after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 58.[3][deprecated source]


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Deadlier Than the Male Brenda
1967 The Long Duel Champa
1969 Some Girls Do Robot No. 9
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service Olympe
1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vulnavia (final film role)


  1. ^ "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)". BFI screenonline. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  2. ^ "Cult Movies Showcase: The Abominable Dr. Phibes". TCM: Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  3. ^ Kay, Richard (11 June 2004). "Rumble in the rumba". Daily Mail Online. London. Retrieved 2009-05-03.

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