Margaret Nolan
"Dink" in Goldfinger


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Margaret was born ten minutes after her paternal twin sister, Geraldine, at home in Hampstead, London in 1943. Her father was a clerk in the Army and her mother took the twins and their brother to the country in Waterford, Ireland to where they all grew up until the war was over. They returned in 1946 to Hampstead.

Margaret trained to be a school teacher she met her first husband, Tom Kempinski, who was an actor with the National Theatre at the time. He convinced her that she could be an actress. She loved dancing and the theatre. Both her parents were musical. Her sister and she  were encouraged to entertain at family gatherings - they produced a play for our schoolfriends when we were 10 yrs.old. Entertaining was in her blood!

As many had done before her, Margaret  started by getting work as a model and it wasn't long before her picture was shown to the producer of The Saint who gave her the role of Daisy in the first series. This was the first of many different parts and for several years Margaret worked for BBC TV in numerous soaps, plays, series and comedy shows.

It was Oscar Lewenstien who, having seen her at  The Ambiance Theatre gave her the first West End play 'The Giveaway' by Anne Jellicoe, directed by Richard Eyre in 1969. She appeared in several Brian Rix farces on stage and TV. One of these was'She's Done it Again' in which she played the juvenile lead for 9 months at The Garrick Theatre in the West End; at the same time she was working with Roland Reese and Patrick Dromgoole at The Ambiance Theatre in Queensway doing some of the most innovative fringe theatre and a season of American political drama. Her husband was working with Peter Brook in Paris during the 'uprising' of '68 ; in fact they were both appearing in 'cutting edge' theatre at this culturally rich period. Television drama was pretty 'hot' at the time also and Margaret was lucky enough to be involved in some of it eg The Wednesday Play, Armchair Theatre and 30 Minute Theatre, the latter went out 'live' as did some of the series she appeared in! Then followed leading parts in Fox with Peter Vaughn, Black & Blue - Middle of the Road Show with Anthony Hopkins.

Her brief but famous appearance in Goldfinger, lead to her also being asked to model for some of the photos on the posters - she was immortalised as both Dink and the Golden Girl!

A few Carry On film appearances ensued, but soon afterwards Margaret retired from acting.

Margaret sadly passed away in October 2020.


Margaret Nolan Filmography @ IMDB