Born in 1936 in Forest Gate, London, English actress Shirley Anne Field had her first appearance in a film as an extra in Simon and Laura (1955). Her first sizeable film role was in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) and a larger role in the controversial Peeping Tom (1960). She also appeared on stage in The Lily White Boys with Albert Finney.
Field’s breakthrough came in 1960 when Tony Richardson chose her to play the role of model Tina Lapford in The Entertainer (1960). She appeared in probably her best-known role as Doreen, the would-be girlfriend of rebellious Arthur Seaton (played by Albert Finney), in the New Wave film for Bryanston, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960). Director Karel Reisz described her as “difficult to play with”. The film was a huge hit. She starred alongside Kenneth More in Man in the Moon (1960). With those three big film starring roles in 1960, she became one of the few actors ever to have their name above the titles in all the cinemas around Leicester Square simultaneously.
By the late 1970s, Field was more commonly seen on TV in TV shows such as Centre Play, Shoestring, Buccaneer, Never the Twain, and a long run on Santa Barbara and TV movies like Two by Forsyth. She had a notable role in films like My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Shag (1989), Getting It Right (1989), The Rachel Papers (1989), Hear My Song (1991), UFO (1993), Taking Liberty (1993), Loving Deadly (1994), and At-Risk (1994).