Zena Marshall

Zena Marshall
Born Zena Moyra Marshall
(1926-01-01)1 January 1926
Nairobi, Kenya
Died 10 July 2009(2009-07-10) (aged 83)
London, England
Nationality British
Years active 1945–1967
  • Paul Adam (m. 1947; div. 1953)
  • Alexander Ward (m. 1967; div. 1969)
  • Ivan Foxwell (m. 1991; d. 2002)

Zena Moyra Marshall (1 January 1926 – 10 July 2009) was a British actress of film and television, who was born in Kenya.


Marshall attended St Mary's, Ascot and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She worked with Ensa (the Entertainments National Service Association) during the Second World War.[1]

Marshall's film career began with a small role in Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), with Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. Her exotic looks resulted in her being cast in "ethnic" roles, such as Asian women, including her role as the Chinese character Miss Taro, in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962). She also appeared in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) as the Countess Ponticelli, and made numerous television appearances. Her last film performance was in The Terrornauts in 1967.

Personal life

Marshall was twice married before her final marriage, to film producer Ivan Foxwell (died 2002); they had no children. She died after a short illness in 2009, aged 83.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. 1 2 Gaughan, Gavin (26 July 2009). "Zena Marshall Obituary". The Guardian.
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