by Carol Wardle
I have been asked to write a small piece about Wendy's career, but where do you start?
Anyone who knows Wendy will recognise what a hard and concientious worker she is, and that reflects in the varied career she has led.
Wendy's first big break came when Sammy Davis Jnr. asked her to appear in his show "Sammy Meets the Girls". This led to small parts on shows like "Dixon of Dock Green" and finally a number one hit single "Come Outside" with Mike Sarne.
"Harpers Bizarre" followed and whilst fimlming this Wendy had a chance meeting with Michael Caine and Johnny Speight who recommended her for a part in the "Arthur Haynes Show".
The Beatles film "Help" followed, but unfortunately Wendy's scene ended up on the cutting room floor. Next was "Doctor in Clover" and another step up the ladder.
Work began to flood in and Wendy found herself working on BBC's first soap opera "The Newcomers". This went out live, twice a week, and earned her many useful contacts and friends. Small parts in "Dad's Army" and "Up Pompeii" followed.
Wendy next went to the big screen with a small part in "On the Buses" and then, her next big break, "Gumshoe", starred Albert Finney and Wendy received rave reviews for her portrayal of Anne Croft.
American fans will know Wendy best as Miss Shirley Brahms in the comedy series "Are You Being Served?". This was a long running series, but Wendy still managed to fit in more work with "Carry On Girls", more episodes of "Dad's Army" and appearances on various radio shows. Constantly working Wendy mangaged to perform in pantomimes and "Grace And Favour", a spin off from "AYBS" before her longest running part was created.
British fans know Wendy best as Pauline Fowler in "EastEnders". This soap was first screened in 1985 and Wendy's career is still going strong!
Wendy has appeared in so many shows that I have only been able to mention a fraction of them. I hope new fans may be inspired to search out some of her old work and also be alert for the new!
For more information on Wendy's life and career, find a copy of
"Wendy Richard - no s". Wendy's autobiography.