Anneke Wills

Anneke Wills

Oct. 20th, 1941
Born in
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
5' 6"

Anneke Wills' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Don't Tell Father (UK) (1959) TV Show
Don't Tell Father (UK) (1959)
The Railway Children (UK) (1957) TV Show
The Railway Children (UK) (1957)
Winning Widows (UK) TV Show
Winning Widows (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Anneke Wills made her acting debut aged eleven in a film called "Child's Play." She then studied at a drama school, the Arts Educational, for about four years, winning many children's TV and theatre roles. Subsequently she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but did not complete the course. More TV work followed, including roles in "Armchair Theatre", "The Saint" and "The Avengers." In 1962 she starred in Some People (1962) alongside Kenneth More, David Hemmings, Ray Brooks & Angela Douglas, a film inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. Four years later she became famous on TV as Polly, the Doctor's companion in Doctor Who (her then husband, Michael Gough, having recently played the Celestial Toymaker). Later she won another regular TV role in the crime drama "Strange Report" (1968) which also starred Anthony Quayle and Kas Garas. After the cast turned down the opportunity to make a second series in America, she gave up acting and moved to Norfolk, where she ran a craft shop. In 1977 she left England and lived at various times in Belgium, India - where she stayed in a religious retreat and returned to the stage in some Shakespeare productions - and in the USA. She settled in Canada, where she directed a production of the play "Rashomon", but worked mainly as an interior decorator. Recently she returned to the UK and settled in Devon.

  • Children, Polly in 1963 and Jasper in 1965.

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