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12 Ridiculous Secrets You Did Not Know About Anneke Wills

1. Anneke Wills is an English actress, best known for her role as the Doctor Who companion Polly in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

2. Wills gained her first role at the age of 11 while she was living on a houseboat in Bray, Berkshire.

3. Deciding she wanted to be an actress she then studied drama at the Arts Educational School and RADA in London and quickly became one of the busiest actresses of her generation, early roles included an appearance as Roberta in the second TV version of The Railway Children in 1957.

4. She appeared in the show into 1967 alongside William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton. and as Evelyn in Strange Report .

5. She left the latter series when it was planned to switch filming to Hollywood .

6. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five Doctors Reboot.

7. At 17 she began a relationship with Anthony Newley while working on the TV series The Strange World of Gurney Slade.

8. In 1970, she gave up acting and moved to Norfolk, throwing herself into motherhood and gardening.

9. She lived in various places including the USA and Canada. She returned to the UK in the mid-1990s.

10. She has been a popular guest at Dr Who conventions, and has been employed by the BBC and Big Finish to record various audio and DVD projects related to the show.

11. The first volume of her autobiography, Self Portrait, was published in 2007 by Hirst Books and a second volume, Naked, followed in 2009.

12. Her latest book, Anneke Wills – In Focus, was published in May 2012 by Fantom Films.

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