Veronica Carlson (born 18 September 1944 in Yorkshire, England) is an English model and actress famous for her roles in Hammer horror films.
Born as Veronica Mary Glazer, Carlson spent most of her childhood in Germany, where her father was stationed. She attended the Thetford Girls’ School and later the High Wycombe College of Art and Technology, where she studied art and participated in college amateur productions. In her mid-twenties, Carlson played minor parts in films and television programmes.
James Carreras, the boss of Hammer Films, saw one of her photographs in a newspaper and offered her a role opposite Christopher Lee in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968). She starred in two further Hammer Horror films, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and The Horror of Frankenstein (1970). She also appeared in the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) episode “The Ghost Who Saved the Bank at Monte Carlo” in 1969 and an episode of The Saint (“The Man Who Gambled with Life”) with Roger Moore, and also an episode of Department S (“The Double Death of Charlie Crippen”).
Carlson was one of the four main characters in the TV thriller series Spyder’s Web (1972), along with Anthony Ainley, Roger Lloyd-Pack, and Patricia Cutts. She had a small role in a 1975 episode of Public Eye playing Ingrid, the German girlfriend of Knaggs, a wanted bank robber/gangster played by Ray Lonnen.
Carlson went into semi-retirement after marrying and moving to the United States. She now lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children and is a professional painter.
Carlson emerged from a 24-year retirement to star in the 2019 film House of the Gorgon alongside fellow Hammer film stars Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, and Christopher Neame.