June Rose Ritchie was born on 31st May 1941 (not 1938, as usually reported) in Blackpool, England, and grew up in Hulme in Manchester.
She is probably best known for a quartet of the more realistic, so-called ‘kitchen sink’ dramas which revolutionised British cinema in the first half of the 1960s.
Beginning with the role of Alan Bates’ wife, in the 1962 classic, A Kind of Loving, Ritchie went on to appear opposite Ian Hendry twice, in This is My Street (also 1962) and Live Now, Pay Later (1964), in addition to starring alongside Sylvia Syms in the controversial and daring The World Ten Times Over.
Demonstrating a range beyond the purely dramatic, Ritchie played opposite Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody and Bernard Cribbens in Mouse on the Moon, appeared as Polly Peachum in a prestigious German presentation of The Three Penny Opera and starred in the 1968 adventure movie, The Syndicate.
Away from the cinema, Ritchie worked extensively in her early years at the Stretford Children’s Theatre in Manchester, and graduated from RADA (where she won the Emile Littler Award for Most Promising Actress and Ronson Award for the outstanding female student) in 1961. She also appeared in many British television dramas as well as acting extensively on stage.
In 1975, she joined Ray Davies and The Kinks on their album, Soap Opera, as Davies’ wife Andrea, having played the same role in the 1974 single drama, Starmaker, on which the album was based.
Following a successful stage and screen career, including the role of Scarlet in the musical version of Gone with the Wind, she retired from acting in 1985.