Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend

Townsend in 1967.
Born (1945-01-25) January 25, 1945
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Reporter
Years active 1967–1985
Spouse(s) Nicol Williamson (1971–1977)
Tom Sutton
Bob Sorel
Children Luke

Jill Townsend (born January 25, 1945) is an American actress best known for her roles as Elizabeth Chynoweth in Poldark and Dulcey Coopersmith in the 1967 western television series Cimarron Strip.

Life and career

Townsend was born in Santa Monica, California. Her father, Robert Townsend, a former head of Avis, wrote the bestseller Up The Organization.[1]

She was married to actor Nicol Williamson between 1971 and 1977. Her son Luke was born in 1973,[2] but in 1976 she and Nicol Williamson parted temporarily,[3] after Townsend began a relationship with Alan Price, her co-star in Alfie Darling.[4]

Townsend ended her acting career in 1985. She studied at the London School of Journalism and worked as a journalist for the Daily Mail, contributing a page for the financial section. She moved back to the United States in 1989.

She worked as a council trainer and facilitator at Crossroads School, Santa Monica, California and several others schools from 1989 to 1995.

She has been Director of Leadership Directories, Inc. since 1993.

She is currently married to Bob Sorel.[5]



TV series


  1. "Robert Townsend, 77, Dies - Wrote 'Up the Organization' - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. January 14, 1998. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. People, April 5, 1976, Vol. 5, No. 13 Who's Afraid of Nicol Williamson? Everyone but His Spouse, Jill Townsend
  3. New York Magazine, dated June 14, 1976, p. 61, No Split Seen for Williamsons Online
  4. Winston Graham, Memoirs of a Private Man (Pan Macmillan, 2003). Accessed 7 January 2015
  5. "Jill Townsend-Sorel". councilofgrandmothers-ojai.org. Retrieved January 18, 2015.

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