Biography: Send In The Clowns - The YoYo Life Of Ian Hendry

The first ever biography of unsung screen legend Ian Hendry, once described as "Britain's greatest actor", is available now.
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The first ever biography of unsung screen legend Ian Hendry, once described as "Britain's greatest actor", is available now.

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The original star of The Avengers and, later, series such as The Informer and The Lotus Eaters and For Maddie with Love, Ian Hendry also made outstanding contributions to big movies like Repulsion, The Hill, Theatre of Blood and Get Carter for which he was nominated for a Bafta.

In this, the first ever biography of this outstanding but underrated star, Gabriel Hershman highlights the versatility and hidden subtlety of an artist once hailed as “Britain’s greatest actor” by Brian Clemens.

A songwriter as well as a successful actor, whose sentimental ballads revealed a sensitive, vulnerable figure at odds with his tough-guy screen persona and hell-raising image, Hendry’s final years were dogged by ill-health.

The biography reveals a multi-talented, charismatic, entertaining and inspirational figure who never recovered from the death of his second wife, actress Janet Munro.

It is a touching story of “a ruined genius” (in the words of John Nettles) ultimately destroyed by his own demons. The biography concludes that Ian Hendry was truly Britain's greatest television actor, a man who had everything going for him – except good luck.

Send in the Clowns – the Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry, by Gabriel Hershman, is available from Lulu.