Birthday: February 3, 1932
Died At Age: 45
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Also Known As: Patricia Ann Haines
Born in: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Famous as: Actress
Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Females
Spouse/Ex-: Bernard Kay (m. 1963 – div. 1977), Michael Caine (m. 1954 – div. 1962)
children: Dominique Caine
Died on: February 25, 1977
place of death: Northampton, England
Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
City: Sheffield, England, Yorkshire, England
Who was Patricia Haines?
Patricia Haines was a British actress who gained fame for playing a diverse range of characters on TV. She became widely popular for portraying Barbara Day in ‘The World of Tim Frazer’ and Vivien Ames in ‘Compact’. While she didn’t attain superstardom, there is no denying that the legacy she left behind with her work is quite rich. Fans of the British spy-drama series ‘The Avengers’ still fondly remember her for playing multiple characters like Lola, Emma Peel, and Holly Trent. But perhaps the most popular role of Patricia Haines’s career was the portrayal of Laura Verney, the estranged wife of George Verney, in the ITV soap series ‘Emmerdale Farm’. She was an equally impressive actress on stage who enthralled audiences with her performances in ‘Peril on the Pier’, ‘The Feminine Touch’, and ‘Piccadilly Alibi’, to name a few. While she had a successful acting career, she is probably most fondly remembered for the lives she touched, particularly that of her first husband Sir Michael Caine and the second, Bernard Kay.
Career & Achievements
Like many other upcoming actresses, Patricia Haines started her career on stage. From 1953 through 1954, the English actress worked tirelessly to establish herself as a versatile performer. Her earliest recorded roles include playing Lottie Clegg in ‘Bed, Board & Romance’ (1953) and Mrs. Titterton in ‘Artificial Silk’ (1953) at the age of 21.
Haines went on to give stellar performances in the productions of ‘The House on the Moor’ and ‘The Loving Elms’ in November 1953. She followed these up with some critically acclaimed roles in plays like ‘This Is My Life’, ‘Piccadilly Alibi’, ‘But Once A Year’, and ‘Charley’s Uncle’. Her apparent intrinsic talent to simultaneously portray complex and diverse characters endeared her to audiences.
Two of her most notable roles on stage came in February 1954. Haines portrayed the character of Dr. Harrington in John Essex’s ‘The 10.5 Never Stops’, and then appeared as Fenella in Joan Morgan’s ‘This Was a Woman’. However, following her last successful appearance on stage, Haines took a break from acting after she met and married the struggling actor Michael Caine in 1954.
She made her TV debut in 1959 as an announcer in the series ‘Garry Halliday’. In 1960, she was seen as Polly Harwood in the episode ‘Summer Theatre: June Evening’ of the series ‘BBC Sunday-Night Play’ and in the TV movie ‘Annual Outing’. She landed her first recurring role of Miss Spinks in the series ‘Emergency Ward 10’ the same year.
Haines was cast in her first major role as Barbara Day in the TV series ‘The World of Tim Frazer’ (1960 - 1961). The role made her a household name and she soon found herself being offered the role of Jessie Edelman or Jessie Wright in the popular series ‘Magnolia Street’ (1961).
Her next major role came in the TV series ‘The Six Proud Walkers’ (1962), in which she played Gloria. After being cast in a number of small roles on several TV shows, Haines cemented her place as one of the best TV actresses of her generation by playing Vivien Ames in the series ‘Compact’ (1963 – 1964).
The British actress was at the height of her popularity when she landed the role of Diana in the mini-series ‘Reluctant Bandit’ (1965). She received praise for her performance and followed that up with equally versatile performances in the TV show ‘The Flying Swan’ and the movie ‘Summer and Winter’, in 1965. She also became widely popular among the audience for her multiple character portrayals on the TV series ‘The Avengers’ between 1963 and 1967.
Over the next few years, Haines appeared on several series, including ‘The Saint’ (1969), ‘My Partner the Ghost’ (1970), and ‘ITV Sunday Night Theatre’ (1972) etc. She was also seen in a number of movies like ‘The Last Shot You Hear’ (1969) and ‘Virgin Witch’ (1972).
The year 1973 became one of the best years of her career when she landed two recurring and critically acclaimed roles. Her depiction of Adelaide Vincent in the series ‘Crown Court’ only served as the groundwork for her uninhibited and raw performance in the series ‘Emmerdale’ as Laura Verney. Haines continued acting until her untimely death in 1977 and was seen in series like ‘Within These Walls’ (1975), ‘Hadleigh’ (1976), and ‘Beasts’ (1976).
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Family & Personal Life
Patricia Ann Haines was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on February 3, 1932. She met actor Michael Caine while they were working in a repertory theatre together. The couple got married on April 3, 1954. Their daughter Dominique was born in 1956. Unfortunately, Michael’s frustrations with his career and failure to be a supportive father and husband led to their divorce in 1962.
Haines later met actor Bernard Kay and married him in 1963. They were lovingly married until her tragic demise from lung cancer on February 25, 1977.