Born 1953 in Stanmore, Middlesex, English actress Linda Hayden made her film debut at the age of 15 in the controversial Baby Love (1968), playing a schoolgirl who seduces her adoptive family. She next featured in two horror films; playing Alice Hargood in Hammer’s Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), followed by a memorable performance as the demonically possessed Angel Blake in The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970), made by Tigon. In 1972, she played a pregnant teenage hitchhiker in Something to Hide, driving Peter Finch to murder and madness.
Hayden is best known for her roles in 1970s British horror films and sex comedies. She appeared in the popular sex comedies Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977) and in Let’s Get Laid (1978); as well as the obscure cult film Queen Kong (1976).
In 1980, Hayden appeared in the ITV series The Professionals as ‘Gerda’ in the episode ‘Black Out’ and as ‘Annie,’ Terry McCann’s girlfriend in the Christmas special Minder on the Orient Express (1985). She also took a role in the thriller Underground at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre and London’s Prince of Wales Theatre in 1983, as well as a 1997 episode of The Bill.
Now semi-retired, Hayden featured as Mrs Brown in Martin Kemp’s 2010 remake of Exposé, with Jane March playing Linda – Hayden’s role in the 1976 original.
Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of a very young Linda Hayden in the 1960s.