Noted for being a prominent figure among first-generation British television actors, Nyree Dawn Porter achieved stardom after appearing in The Forsyth Saga (1967), the BBC's first major international export and the first BBC series to be sold to the Soviet Union.
Born in New Zealand and later changing her name to the English phonetic pronunciation, Porter's other prominent works included prominent roles in the BBC's highly praised Madam Bovary (1964), as well as guest roles in such seminal British television series as The Avengers and The Saint. After appearing in such other period pieces as Jane Eyre (1970) and later starring opposite Robert Vaughn in the 1972 television series The Protectors, Porter was cast in the popular Martian Chronicles (1979) miniseries. Her final role came in 1998's Hillary and Jackie.
Britain lost one of its most beloved actresses when Nyree Dawn Porter died of unreported causes at a London hospital. She was 61.