Saturday 3 June 2017

Happy Birthday Anita Harris!


Many happy returns to the eternally youthful Anita Harris, who celebrates her birthday today. Anita, still very active with her singing career and touring commitments, did of course star in two classic Carry On films in the mid-1960s.

A legendary star of cabaret and musical theatre, Anita scored early successes on the big screen with the Carry On team. First appearing in the eye-catching supporting role of Corktip in Follow That Camel, Anita was popular with audiences and the Carry On team alike and was back at Pinewood later the same year for the starring role of Nurse Clark in Carry On Doctor, once again playing Jim Dale's on screen love interest.

I loved Anita's roles in the Carry Ons. She was a natural addition to the team and played her two very different roles with aplomb. I always think it's a shame she didn't join the team for further adventures. Still, she has always been proud of her Carry On association and was a very welcome interviewee in last year's Carry On Forever documentary. In the programme, she returned to Camber Sands, the location for much of Follow That Camel and talked fondly of working with the likes of Jim Dale and Hattie Jacques.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Anita in September 2015 at the London Film Convention. She was an absolute delight: warm, welcoming and genuinely pleased to be meeting fans of both herself and the Carry On series. 


Whatever Anita is up to today, I hope she had a wonderful birthday!

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