Margaret Nolan, star of ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Carry On’ films, dies aged 76

Oct 12, 2020
Nolan starred as Dink in 'Goldfinger'. Source: Getty.

British actress Margaret Nolan has passed away at the age of 76. News of the glamour model-turned-actress’ death was confirmed by director Edgar Wright, who worked with Nolan last year on his movie Last Night In Soho.

“It’s my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away,” Wright wrote on Twitter on Monday morning (AEST). “She was the middle of Venn diagram of everything cool in the 60’s; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond and been part of the Carry On cast too.

“She was the gold painted model in the iconic Goldfinger title sequence and poster (she also played Dink in the movie), she appeared in the classic A Hard Day’s Night, Carry On Girls, No Sex Please We’re British & many others, frequently sending up her own glamourpuss image. She also appeared in five Spike Milligan Q series, Steptoe & Son, The Likely Lads, Morecambe & Wise and The Sweeney. She became deeply involved in political theatre and more recently created visual art; deconstructed her own glamour modelling in a series of photomontages.”

He added: “I worked with her last year as she plays a small role in Last Night In Soho. She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories. I’m so glad I got to know her. My heart goes out to her family and all that loved her. She will be much missed.”

While Nolan is best known as Dink, 007’s masseuse, in 1964’s Goldfinger opposite Sean Connery, while she’s also the woman painted head to toe in gold paint in the movie’s opening credits. She also starred in the likes of The Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night (1964), TV series Hugh and I and Steptoe and Son, and Witchfinder General (1968).

Nolan was also one of the recurring stars of the hugely popular Carry On movies, alongside Dame Barbara Windsor, and starred in a total of six productions, including Carry On Cowboy (1965), Carry on Matron (1972), Carry On Girls (1973) and Carry on Dick (1974).

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Nolan, pictured here astride a donkey, starred in a number of ‘Carry On’ movies. Source: Getty.

Tributes poured in for Nolan online, with one fan writing: “I remember her most fondly from the Carry On’s! She was one of the very few still remaining from the team. You’re lucky to have worked with her. What stories she must have told.”

Another said: “Sad news indeed. Thanks for sharing the news with us in this respectful and compassionate manner.” While another commented: “Terribly sad news .she had some small but iconic scenes in film.”

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