June Thorburn Film Actress

June Thorburn (8 June 1931 – 4 November 1967) was a beautiful and popular English actress whose career was cut short by her death in an air crash. june-thorburn Early life Born  8 June 1931  Karachi, which in those days was British India. She was the eldest of three children.

She spent most of her schooldays in boarding schools in India, since her father was a colonel in the Indian Army and therefore her parents travelled a lot. When he retired from the military, they moved back to Britain. June began writing plays from about the age of seven. Her grandfather (Sydney Thubron) who had also spent many years in India as a design engineer, building many important bridges, made early ‘movies’ and she was the star in several, the first being “Her Second Birthday”, when she was only two years old.

When she was 20 she left home and moved to London and there  she met and married her first husband, Aldon Richard Bryse-Harvey.

This turned out to be a short and stressful marriage – however she had a  daughter in 1953, named Heather-Louise June. The marriage ended in divorce and June moved back to Hampshire, close to her family.

Her she is on the front of the Picture Post of 14 May 1955 – Below :-

Picture Post 1955 - June Thorburn

She remained there for a few years and then her  career started to take off so in 1957 she moved back to London. There  she met Morten Smith-Petersen, who eventually became her second husband. She was married to him until her death in 1967. Together with Morten, she had a second daughter named Inger-Sheleen Christabel.


I have since read this item – actually written by her son  which is quite interesting and enlightening :-

June had two children, Heather, now living in Tigard, just outside Portland Oregon. Sheleen, now living in Chiswick in London, and a Step-son, Simon (Me) Now living in Australia. We are all married. Heather and Jerry ,in Oregon have no children, Sheleen and Chris have a little Girl called Scarlet, And Susie and I have two boys,Ben and Dan and a daughter called Storm. Heather was the product of June’s first marriage, and Sheleen,of her second Marriage to my father Morten.

And another item from someone on duty the night of the air crash :-

I was on duty with BEA (British European Airways) at the West London Air Terminal on the November night of the Iberia crash. BEA was the handling agent for Iberia in those days and the only flight to use Gatwick was the Malaga service, with the rest using Heathrow.

We, at the terminal, in Cromwell Road, usually received the passengers from this service around about 2 a.m. after they had travelled up from Gatwick to Victoria by train and then by special bus to the Terminal. Of course, it was, that evening, not to be.

I hope it it not too intrusive to say that I spare a thought and a prayer for all on board as each successive November comes along.

Film Career.

Fury at Smugglers Bay I remember well and in recent years the Richard Todd produced film ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’ which was not that successful, and of course Tom Thumb, but I also remember the very young and very beautiful June Thorburn in the 1951 version of Scrooge with Alastair Sim.

Tom Thumb was released in 1958 and was quite successful at the Box Office.




Tom Thumb Film Stills above

Below this lovely picture of June Thorburn with Tom Thumb :


 She is an actress well remembered by film fans such as myself even though she did not appear in that many films – but somehow they are films that I know well – maybe because she was in them.


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  1. Robert Kimberley says:

    I think June was my first film star love. I was a young teenager and the film was well cast and had everything like good songs, comedy and good use of animation. The Tom Thumb song doo de doo never forgotten. I am sorry how she died I only just read that and I’m now 72. I don’t recall her in other movies but may have seen her once on TV channel 81, So I was daft to fall for a fairy but she was so nice. Wish all her family all the best.(I have no children) Posted 2019

  2. I am an amateur journalist and being involved with the Fire Service and Police in operational Support used to contribute to one of the fire service journals. I researched and presented an extensive article on the 1967 Fernhurst Air Disaster and was given access to sensitive information regarding this incident.
    This name came up that l was not that familiar with June Thorburn, my late mother spoke of her on several occasions and her work in films and l became really interested in her career. I found out a lot and her career with many actors of the day captivated me and has done so ever since. In response to the article l decided to visit the site at Fernhurst as l, live on the coast l was so sad when l arrived at Black down the atmosphere for me is still there to this day and just before leaving l had a tear in my eye, it was so very tragic and l ask as to why there is no memorial left at the site. Ever since compiling the article l have been interested in June Thorburn and thought it would be only fitting to not only present the article on the disaster but an accompanied article on the talented and beautiful June. Various things while doing this research came to light such as she was about to appear with Roger Moore as a guest in The Saint in 1967 of which this tragedy intervened.
    In 2017 it had been fifty years since this tragic incident l had hoped to present this article to not only the Fire and Rescue magazine but also a nationwide publication. I would love an opportunity to meet June’s daughter and learn more about her lovely mother. At the time of the incident l was so very young. If June had gone on and expanded her career l wonder what films she would be involved with now????

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