Remembering Zienia Merton, born December 11, 1945 and passed away September 14, 2018.
Zienia Merton is a British actress born in Burma. Her mother was Burmese, and her father half-English, half-French. She was raised in Singapore, Borneo, Portugal, and England.
She is probably best known for playing Sandra Benes in Space: 1999.
Following Space: 1999, Merton appeared in many popular television series including Grange Hill, Return of the Saint (1979), Bergerac (1983), Angels (1983), Tenko (1984), Dempsey & Makepeace (1985), Lovejoy (1986), Crime Traveller (1997), Doctors (2001), Dinotopia (2002), Casualty (1986 – 2002), EastEnders (1998 – 2003), The Bill (1999 – 2005), Judge John Deed (2006), Coronation Street (2008) and Wire in the Blood (2008). Merton rejoined one time guest star Space: 1999 Ian McShane for the 1986 Lovejoy episode “The Axeman Cometh”.
In December 2008, Zienia Merton filmed a guest role for the eighth episode (“Samaritan”) of the ITV drama Law & Order: UK. Although the series premiered on 23 February 2009, some episodes were held over for broadcast as “Series Two”. “Samaritan” was first transmitted on ITV1 on 11 January 2010.
In May 2009, Merton returned to the world of Doctor Who, 45 years after her appearance in Marco Polo, to record a special episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures in the two-part episode “The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith”, broadcast on BBC One on 29 and 30 October 2009.
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