Zienia Merton

Zienia Merton(born 11 December 1945) is a British actress born in Burma . Her mother was Burmese , and her father half-English, half-French. She was raised in Singapore , Borneo , Portugal , and England . She is probably best known for playing Sandra Benes inSpace: 1999.

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 Zienia Merton's Early career

Merton's first significant science-fiction credit was as Ping-Cho in the 1964Doctor WhostoryMarco Polo, long since lost in its original form. Her other early television appearances includedStrange Report(1968),The Six Wives of Henry VIII(1970) andJason King(1971). She was a lead actress as Christina in the 1971 Dennis Potter TV adaptation ofCasanovawith Frank Finlay , and appeared onThe Benny Hill Showin 1972, playing the wife of Hill's Chow Mein character. Her film roles includedCatch Us If You Can(1965), a brief appearance as an oriental high priestess in the Beatles' filmHelp!(1965), as Ting Ling in the filmThe Chairman(1969) with Gregory Peck , andThe Adventurers(1970).

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 Zienia Merton's Other performances

FollowingSpace: 1999, Merton appeared in many popular television series includingGrange Hill,Return of the Saint(1979),Bergerac(1983),Angels(1983),Tenko(1984),Dempsey & Makepeace(1985),Lovejoy(1986),Crime Traveller(1997),Doctors(2001),Dinotopia(2002),Casualty(1986 – 2002),EastEnders(1998 – 2003),The Bill(1999 – 2005),Judge John Deed(2006),Coronation Street(2008) andWire in the Blood(2008). Merton re-joined fellowSpace: 1999star Ian McShane for the 1986Lovejoyepisode " The Axeman Cometh ".

In December 2008, Zienia Merton filmed a guest role for the eighth episode ("Samaritan") of the ITV dramaLaw & Order: UK. Although the series premiered on 23 February 2009, some episodes were held over for broadcast as "Series Two". "Samaritan" was first transmitted on ITV1 on 11 January 2010.

In May 2009, Merton returned to the world ofDoctor Who, 45 years after her appearance inMarco Polo, to record a special episode ofThe Sarah Jane Adventures(starring Elisabeth Sladen ). In the two-part episode "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", broadcast on BBC One on 29 and 30 October 2009, she worked alongside special guest star David Tennant .

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 Zienia Merton's Filmography


1962 Masters of Venus Marla
1965 Catch Us If You Can Allison
Help! High Priestess
1969 The Chairman Ting Ling
1970 The Adventurers Dax's Sister
Wenn du bei mir bist Princess Tamani German film
1977 Cosmetics Revolution Lucy Ferner Norwegian film


1964 Doctor Who Ping-Cho Season 1: (7 episodes)
The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling Kashmiri girl Season 1, Episode 7: "Mark of the Beast"
1969 The Troubleshooters Liane Season 5, Episode 23: "It's a Very Bad Day for Travelling"
Thirty-Minute Theatre Rachel Season 5, Episode 6: "Trespassers"
Omnibus Noel Season 3, Episode 9: "F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Dream Divided"
Strange Report Zeba Hameed Season 1, Episode 7: "Report 3424: Epidemic - A Most Curious Crime"
The Root of All Evil? Medeline Season 2, Episode 5:"Floating Man"
1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Annette TV Mini-series
W. Somerset Maugham Malay girl Season 2, Episode 8: "The Door of Opportunity"
ITV Playhouse Leila Season 3, Episode 10: "The High Game"
1971 Casanova Christina Season 1; (6 episodes)
1972 The Benny Hill Show Mrs. Chow Mein Season 3, Episode 4: "Down Memory Lane"
Jason King Zenia Season 1, Episode 24: "Zenia"
Crime of Passion Nicole Martine Season 3, Episode 3: "Modeste"
1973 Madigan Natalia Season 1, Episode 4: "The Lisbon Beat"
Ego Hugo Guernsey Maid TV Movie
Beryl's Lot Katy Papademitropoullos Season 1, Episode 1: "Getting Up"


Space: 1999 Sandra Benes Season 1: (24 episodes)

Season 2: (11 episodes)

1976 Journey Through the Black Sea Sandra Benes TV Movie
Alien Attack Sandra Benes TV Movie
1978 Destination Moonbase-Alpha Sandra Benes TV Movie
Wilde Alliance Dolores Season 1, Episode 7: "Well Enough Alone"
Return of the Saint Mila Season 1, Episode 2: "The Nightmare Man"
Thank You, Comrades Olga TV Movie
1979 The Other Side Kieu Season 1, Episode 5: "Contacts"
1980 Escape Unknown Season 1, Episode 2: "Hijack to Mogadishu"
1981 The History Man Miss Ho TV Mini-series
1982 Cosmic Princess Sandra Benes TV Movie
1983 Bergerac Cora Season 2, Episode 7: "A Miracle Every Week"
Angels Sister Davis Season 9, Episode 25
1984 The Brief Mrs. Francis Season 1, Episode 8: "Terry"
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Nurse Lee Parquet Season 1, Episode 5: "The Late Nancy Irving"
Tenko Nun Season 3, Episode 9
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace Lei Shan Season 1, Episode 7: "Make Peace Not War"
Grange Hill Mrs. Wallace Season 8, Episode 15
1986 Lovejoy Miss Taylor Season 1, Episode 2: "The Axeman Cometh"




Casualty Hotel Receptionist

Dr. Helen Billington


Season 1, Episode 13: "No Future"

Season 6, Episode 11: "The Last Word"

Season 7, Episode 5: "Cherish"

Season 17, Episode 2: "Protection"

1989 Capital City Melinda Lau Season 1, Episode 5: "Pension Fund"




The Bill Surgeon


Dr. Morgan


Season 10, Episode 32: "Day of Reckoning"

Season 15, Episode 43: "Big Fish"

Season 17, Episode 4: "No Victim"

Season 21, Episode 34: "307"

1995 Chiller Maria Monsanto Season 1, Episode 1: "Prophecy"
1997 Crime Traveller Receptionist Season 1, Episode 7: "The Lottery Experiment"
1998 Peak Practice Jennifer Kemp Season 6, Episode 5: "Another Day of Life"
Heaven on Earth Barbara Tucker TV Movie



EastEnders Dr. Stokeley

Reception sit

Season 1: (6 episodes)
1999 The Lakes Guest 2 Season 2, Episode 9
2000 Family Affairs Doctor Morrisey Unknown


Doctors Ms. Reed

Dr. Sarah Reed

Helen Waterman

Season 2, Episode 115: "Father's Day Too"

Season 3, Episode 2: "A Twist of Fate"

Season 13, Episode 82: "Life Extinct"

2002 Dinotopia Teacher TV Mini-series
2006 Judge John Deed Dr. Dolores Bleach Season 5, Episode 5: "One Angry Man"
2008 Coronation Street Doctor Season 1: (3 episodes)
Wire in the Blood Magistrate Season 6: (2 episodes)
2009 Law & Order: UK Judge Katerina Rose Season 2, Episode 1: "Samaritan"
The Sarah Jane Adventures Registrar Season 3: (2 episodes)
2013 Wizards vs. Aliens Tseringma Season 2: (2 episodes)

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 Zienia Merton's References

  1. Willey, Martin. "Breakaway: 1999 Convention Report". The Catacombs: International Guide. Retrieved 2009-19-17.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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