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Madeline Smith - Hammer glamour girl recalls the horror

Features | By Madeline Smith

My first Hammer role: with Ralph Bates in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

When ailing Hammer Films needed a boost 50 years ago, budding actress Madeline Smith discovered nudity was a must

Half a century ago, I took my first foray into Hammer Films. My acting career was in its infancy when I went to meet formidable casting director Aida Young. I was up for the tiny part of Dolly, the waif prostitute in their latest horror offering, Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). She considered me to be sufficiently vulnerable, and a couple of days later I was riding on actor Geoffrey Keen’s back. ...


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