Janet Munro (28 September 1934 – 6 December 1972) was an English actress.


 [hide*1 Career


Munro starred in three Disney film releases, Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Third Man on the Mountain (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960), as well as The Horsemasters(1961), which aired on Disney's weekly television series. Other film credits include science fiction films such as The Trollenberg Terror (1958) (released as The Crawling Eye in the US) andThe Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961).

Personal life[edit]Edit

Born Janet Neilson Horsburgh, the daughter of Scottish comedian Alex Munro (real name Alexander Neilson Horsburgh) and his wife, Phyllis Robertshaw, in BlackpoolLancashire in 1934, she used her father's stage name professionally.[citation needed]


Munro was married to Tony Wright from 1956 until 1959. She married the actor Ian Hendry in 1963, and they had two children, Sally and Corrie. Munro and Hendry were divorced in 1971. Her cousin is Ellie Nicol Hilton, a former child model and British television actress in the 1970s and '80s.


Munro died from a heart attack caused by chronic ischaemic heart disease at Whittington Hospital, North London in 1972, aged 38 years old.[1] She was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium.


Year Film Role Other notes
1957 Small Hotel Effie
1958 The Young and the Guilty Sue Connor
The Crawling Eye Anne Pilgrim Alternative title: The Trollenberg Terror
1959 Darby O'Gill and the Little People Katie O'Gill With Sean Connery
Third Man on the Mountain Lizbeth Hempel
Tommy the Toreador Amanda
1960 Swiss Family Robinson Roberta 'Bertie'
1961 The Day the Earth Caught Fire Jeannie Craig
1962 Life for Ruth Pat Harris Alternative title: Walk in the Shadow
1963 Bitter Harvest Jennie Jones
1964 Hide and Seek Maggie
They All Died Laughing Delia Brooks
Daylight Robbery
1968 Sebastian Carol Fancy
1972 Cry Wolf Polly
Year Title Role Notes
1957 ITV Television Playhouse Elizabeth Collins 1 episode
1958–1962 Armchair Theatre Anne


4 episodes
1957–1968 Hallmark Hall of Fame Helen Pettigrew

Amanda Tweeny

3 episodes
1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre Carol 1 episode
1968–1969 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Helen Graham 4 episodes
1971 Play for Today Mabel 1 episode
1972 Adam Smith Elizabeth Crichton 5 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

British Academy Film Awards

  • 1963: Nominated, "Best British Actress" - Life for Ruth

Golden Globe Award

  • 1960: Won, "Most Promising Female Newcomer"
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