PRISONER BIKINI GIRL DIES
It is with much sadness that we announce that Heulwen Vaughan-Hatcher, who appeared in several episodes of "The Prisoner", sadly died after a long illness on Saturday January 7th 2006. She was 64.
Her first appearance can be seen in "Arrival", as the bikini-clad beauty who runs past Number Six at the swimming pool. She also appeared as the Spanish Dancer in the "Dance of the Dead" carnival scenes. As well as appearing as an extra in those and other scenes, she was also employed as a double for some of the series' best-loved actresses, including Mary Morris in "Dance" and Nadia Gray in "Chimes".
Always friendly, and wonderful company, Heulwen returned to Portmeirion in 1999, where she ran The Prisoner Shop. Prisoner writer Cathy Frumerman knew her well; "She was a woman of great spirit, humour, cheerfulness, generosity & bravery. Heulwen is Welsh for Sunshine, and this lovely woman, who was a joy to know, lived up to her name." Renowned Prisoner historian Robert Fairclough told us; "This is a great loss. It was mainly due to Heulwen that I began researching and writing about the series. This is very sad news."
You can read more about Heulwen, and her remembrances of working on the series, at Cathy's Eye on Wales website by clicking HERE.
Above i mage © Cathy Frumerman,. 1966 pic © Vaughan-Hatcher estate.
News Announced 10/11/2006, Archived 5/3/2006