Vera Day (born 4 August 1933) is an English film and television actress. She was born in London before the Second World War and grew up in Forest Gate, East London.
Vera Day, British pin up model and actress, she was thought to be the British Marilyn Monroe in the 50s and 60s
Leaving school at 15, she had various jobs before finding employment in a hair salon. Modelling for hairstylists, she became a full-time model. One day she saw an advertisement in a theatrical paper for showgirls, so taking time off work and with the smallest bikini she could find, she attended the auditions. Even though she was untrained in singing and dancing, she caught the attention of Jack Hylton, who gave her a part in Wish You Were Here at the London Casino in 1953. She was only nineteen. On the opening night, Val Guest left a note for her at the stage door to contact him. This led to Vera being cast in the film Dance Little Lady. However, she had to ask permission from Jack Hylton, for she was under contract for two more shows, which ended up being Pal Joey at the Prince’s Theatre and Jokers Wild with the Crazy Gang at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
From the late 1950s, Day was a popular figure in British films. This glamorous blonde bombshell appeared most memorably in the classic Stanley Baker drama Hell Drivers (1957) and the Hammer science fiction film Quatermass 2 (1957). Her other film roles include that of George Cole’s girlfriend in Mario Zampi’s comedy Too Many Crooks (1959) and as the heroine in the horror film Womaneater (1958), one of her few leading parts.
Many years later, Day appeared in a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).