MISS EALAND

Miss Ealand (played by Norma Ronald) is a S.H.A.D.O. operative who masquerades as Ed Straker's movie studio secretary. She is the first line of defence against anyone entering S.H.A.D.O. HQ via Straker's office/elevator.

S.H.A.D.O. Personnel

Miss Ealand
Actress: Norma Ronald

Miss Ealand is an absolutely superb character, and Norma portrayed her role in UFO just perfectly, and she will live on forever as Commander Straker's stalwart secretary and S.H.A.D.O. 'gatekeeper' at the Harlington-Straker Film Studios in the UFO universe. I absolutely adore her as the enigmatic Miss Ealand.

In my opinion, Norma played the part of Miss Ealand absolutely perfectly, and her character managed to tread the infinitesimally fine line of friendliness, discretion, competence, subtlety, privacy and complete and utter dependability for and to Commander Straker.

Norma's role as Miss Lingard (in both "The Plane Makers" and its follow-up, "The Power Game" 1963-9) did result in Gerry Anderson (a fan of the Power Game), casting Norma as Pam Kirby - secretary to Jason Webb in the film 'Doppelgänger'. Norma then continued into Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's UFO as Commander Straker's indomitable secretary, Miss Ealand! Norma had her hair dyed blonde for Doppelgänger, and retained this look for UFO.

Miss Ealand (Norma Ronald)


Norma Ronald
(Miss Ealand)

Norma Ronald was a British actress best known for her appearances as Mildred Murfin in the 1960's BBC radio comedy series "The Men from the Ministry", also as Sir John Wilder's ever-resourceful secretary Kay Lingard in both The Plane Makers and its follow-up The Power Game (1963-9), and also as Miss Ealand, Commander Straker's personal secretary in the Gerry and Syklvia Anderson TV Series UFO.

Norma made an uncredited appearance in the 1969 Gerry Anderson film Doppelgänger (also known as 'Journey to the Far Side of the Sun').

She appeared in The Frankie Howerd Show on the 2nd November 1975, and later in Tony's, a 1979/1981 BBC radio comedy with Victor Spinetti, set in an Italian hairdresser's.

Norma married fellow actor Edward Judd in 1966.

Tragically, Norma passed away due to cancer on the 20th of November, 1993 (aged just 56) in Clara Vale, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England.

Griff @ S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories

Miss Ealand (Norma Ronald)

Norma Ronald
(Miss Ealand)

Norma's biography:
Norma Ronald was born on Monday, the 1st of March, 1937 in Northumberland, England.

Norma was an actress from age 15, she was taken on as an assistant stage manager and small-part actress by her local repertory company. Her first appearance on the stage was as a fifty-year-old woman. Norma joined the Leatherhead Repertory Company, and went on to other companies throughout England - the most renowned being the Joan Littlewood Workshop and the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon. Norma also played "Mildred Murfin" in the brilliantly funny and long-running 1960's BBC radio series "The Men From The Ministry".

Norma continued to work on radio, appearing in "The Mike and Bernie Winters Show". During this time Norma also appeared as Sir John Wilder's ever-resourceful secretary Kay Lingard in both "The Plane Makers" and its follow-up, "The Power Game" 1963-9 and also in "Doctor in the House" (with Richard Briars as Simon Sparrow) during July and August 1968. This appearance may have been instrumental in Norma not appearing in the final series of "The Power Game", which commenced production in August 1968. However, her role as Miss Lingard did result in Gerry Anderson (a fan of the Power Game), casting Norma as Pam Kirby - secretary to Jason Webb in the film 'Doppelgänger'. Norma then continued into Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's UFO as Commander Straker's indomitable secretary, Miss Ealand! Norma had her hair dyed blonde for Doppelgänger, and retained this look for UFO.

Norma also appeared in The Frankie Howerd Show on 2 November 1975, and later in Tony's, a 1979/1981 BBC radio comedy with Victor Spinetti, set in an Italian hairdresser's.

Norma and her future husband - Edward Judd - reportedly met in the TV studios when he looked in for a drink in the bar. He later proposed to her in a bar in St. Ives, and they were married in 1966. Norma semi-retired from acting and confined herself to radio. Norma had two daughters (the first adopted through marriage (?) and Deborah, her daughter with Edward Judd).

Tragically, Norma passed away due to cancer on the 20th of November, 1993 (aged just 56) in Clara Vale, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England.

With all my thanks, appreciation and best wishes to you and your loving family,

Griff @ S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories