Mostly Credited As: Nyree Dawn Porter
Birth Name: Ngaire Dawn Porter
Date Of Birth: January 22, 1936 (Age 65)
Country Of Birth: New Zealand
Birth Place: Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Date Of Death: April 10, 2001
Cause Of Death: Leukaemia (London, England)
Landing the starring role of Irene in the 1967 broadcast of John Galsworthy's "Forsyte Saga," Nyree Dawn Porter established herself as a prominent actress for television drama. She was born on the north island of New Zealand and was first a stage actress in New Zealand before setting out for a career on the stage in England. She is also remembered for her role in the 1970s "The Protectors," which she played opposite Robert Vaughn of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." fame. It was a role as the Contessa Caroline di Contini and often drew comparisons to Diana Rigg's Emma Peel of "The "Avengers." She was married twice, widowed and divorced, and had a daughter named Tassy. Her father was a butcher by trade. Her first husband, Byron O'Leary, died from an accidental drug overdose in 1970. She was made an OBE the following year. From 1972 she lived with actor Robin Halstead. She had a few miscarriages and then had a daughter when she was 38. She married Halstead seven months after the birth, but divorced in 1987. As a child she had a nervous stammer and was shy and quiet. He first appeareance on stage was at the age of three playing a ladybird in an amateur production of Noah's Ark. She campaigned for greater understanding of Anorexia.