Janet Munro

Janet Munro
Born Janet Neilson Horsburgh
(1934-09-28)28 September 1934
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Died 6 December 1972(1972-12-06) (aged 38)
London, England
Cause of death Ischaemic heart disease
Resting place Golders Green Crematorium
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957-1972
Spouse(s) Tony Wright
(m.1956-1959; divorced)
Ian Hendry
(m.1963-1971; divorced)
Children 2
Parent(s) Alex Munro
Phyllis Robertshaw

Janet Munro (28 September 1934 6 December 1972) was an English actress.


Munro starred in three Disney film releases, Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Third Man on the Mountain (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960), as well as The Horsemasters (1961), which aired on Disney's weekly television series. Other film credits include science fiction films such as The Trollenberg Terror (1958) (released as The Crawling Eye in the US) and The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961).

Personal life

Born Janet Neilson Horsburgh, the daughter of Scottish comedian Alex Munro (real name Alexander Neilson Horsburgh) and his wife, Phyllis Robertshaw, in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1934, she used her father's stage name professionally. [1]


Munro was married to Tony Wright from 1956 until 1959. She married the actor Ian Hendry in 1963, and they had two children, Sally and Corrie. Munro and Hendry were divorced in 1971. Her cousin Ellie Nicol-Hilton was a child actor in 1970s and 1980s.


Munro died from a heart attack caused by chronic ischaemic heart disease at Whittington Hospital, north London in 1972, aged 38 years old.[2] She was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium.


Year Film Role Other notes
1957 Small Hotel Effie
1958 The Young and the Guilty Sue Connor
The Trollenberg Terror Anne Pilgrim Alternative title: The Crawling Eye (U.S. theatrical release)
1959 Darby O'Gill and the Little People Katie O'Gill With Sean Connery
Third Man on the Mountain Lizbeth Hempel
Tommy the Toreador Amanda
1960 Swiss Family Robinson Roberta 'Bertie'
1961 The Day the Earth Caught Fire Jeannie Craig
1962 Life for Ruth Pat Harris Alternative title: Walk in the Shadow
1963 Bitter Harvest Jennie Jones
1964 Hide and Seek Maggie
They All Died Laughing Delia Brooks
Daylight Robbery
1968 Sebastian Carol Fancy
1972 Cry Wolf Polly
Year Title Role Notes
1957 ITV Television Playhouse Elizabeth Collins 1 episode
19581962 Armchair Theatre Anne
4 episodes, including Afternoon of a Nymph
19571968 Hallmark Hall of Fame Helen Pettigrew
3 episodes
1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre Carol 1 episode
19681969 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Helen Graham 4 episodes
1971 Play for Today Mabel 1 episode
1972 Adam Smith Elizabeth Crichton 5 episodes

Awards and nominations

British Academy Film Awards

Golden Globe Award


  1. Hershman, Gabriel (2013). Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry. lulu.com. p. 60. ISBN 1291270973.
  2. Obituary Variety, 13 December 1972, pg. 63

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