MERCY HAYSTEAD 02 February 1930 - 11 January 2015
Mercy Haystead as Princess Lapi in Hammer’s What the Butler Saw. Photograph copyright unknown
Mercy Jean Haystead grew up in Southfields and attended Mayfield School in Putney. She studied Modern Languages at City of London College before attending Rada as a Scholarship student. Her career included work in film, on stage, and in television, alongside stalwarts including Kenneth More, Michael Hordern, Lionel Jeffries, Nicholas Parsons, and Stanley Holloway.
In the West End she performed in She Smiled at Me and Out of this World, and on film is best remembered for her roles in The Admirable Crichton and in Hammer’s risque comedy What the Butler Saw.
As the Telegraph says, 'Mercy Haystead’s effervescent personality, ebony hair, doe eyes and expressive mouth marked her out, as one critic put it, as “another addition to the long list of ingénues to be watched – with pleasure'.
Obituary in The Telegraph