“The pixies in my head whispered it to me.” – Drusilla.
Juliet Landau is probably best known for playing my favourite character in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the deadly, alluring and incredibly mad as a bucket of frogs Drusilla the vampire. For those of you who are not familiar with the Buffyverse (shame on you), Drusilla was a virginally pure victorian girl who the vampire Angelus drove mad and turned into a vampire. She then became the paramour of another one of Angelus’s offspring, Spike. Together, Spike and Dru rampaged around most of the known world before ending up in Sunnydale and confronting Buffy and becoming (in my humble opinion) two of the best characters in the series.
Juliet was no stranger to the acting world before she joined the world of the Slayer. Her parents were, in fact, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, the lead characters in Gerry Anderson’s live-action sci-fi series Space 1999 and she had small roles in various tv series and films, the most notable being Loretta King opposite her father in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994).
However, after Buffy, whereas a lot of the other main characters found roles in other TV series and film franchises (Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Scooby Doo, Little Britain), Landau seemed to vanish, which seems quite perplexing for such an animated actress.
The main reason as to a lack of visibility is that she turned more towards voice acting in animations: Ben 10, Star Wars The Old Republic and Green Lantern to name but a few.
As well as this, she has been acting on stage in plays such as Awake & Sing, Failure of Nerve and Al Pacino’s The Three Sisters. She has also been turning her hand to directing. In 2008 she directed Take Flight, a documentary film about Gary Oldman and has also written short films as well.
However, perhaps the biggest news for sci-fi and fantasy followers is that in July 2013, Big Finish announced that Landau was to lend her voice to a future incarnation of the time lord Romana in the Doctor Who audio story Gallifrey VI.
I can’t help but wonder what The Doctor would think if his former travelling companion had come out with a line like, “Spank us till Tuesday, we promise to be bad if you do.” I think it might have made both his hearts beat a touch faster, don’t you?
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