About the main characters in UFO

The TV Series UFO had a large ensemble cast, and many of the cast would come and go during the course of the series, with a number of actors – most notably George Sewell and Gabrielle Drake – leaving midway through the series during the production break necessitated by the change of film studios.  It is established early on that S.H.A.D.O. personnel rotate between positions, so the occasional disappearance of characters – some of whom would later return in other positions – fits in with the concept of the series.  Also, due to the episode scheduling of the series, which did not reflect the production order, some episodes featuring departed cast members were not actually aired until later on in the series, giving the impression that no major cast changes had occurred.

NB: Only Ed Bishop appeared in every single episode of UFO.

Commander Ed Straker
Commander Ed Straker
S.H.A.D.O.

Commander Ed Straker (Ed Bishop) is a former American Air Force Colonel, pilot and astronaut originally from Boston, Massachusetts, who organised S.H.A.D.O. following a series of UFO attacks in 1970.

Ed Straker masquerades as the head of Harlington-Straker Film Studios, S.H.A.D.O. Headquarters being located 80ft directly below the film studios.

Appeared in all 26 episodes of UFO.

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Colonel Alec Freeman
Colonel Alec Freeman
S.H.A.D.O.

Colonel Alec Freeman (George Sewell) is a former pilot and intelligence officer, and is S.H.A.D.O.'s first officer (and very first operative recruited into S.H.A.D.O. by Commander Straker). Colonel Freeman is Commander Straker's closest friend and right-hand man and, occasionally, his muscle.

George Sewell left UFO following the change of studios, being later unavailable when series production resumed at Pinewood Studios.

Appeared in 17 episodes of UFO.


Colonel Paul Foster
S.H.A.D.O.

Colonel Paul Foster (Michael Billington) is introduced in the second (broadcast) episode, "Exposed". A former test pilot, his plane (Ventura Aircraft Corporation XV-104) was critically damaged when S.H.A.D.O.'s Sky One intercepted and destroyed a UFO in close proximity to Foster's jet.

Paul Foster's persistent investigation of the incident threatened to expose S.H.A.D.O.'s existence, so Commander Straker offers him a position within S.H.A.D.O.

Appeared in 21 episodes of UFO.

Colonel Paul Foster
Colonel Virginia Lake
S.H.A.D.O.

Colonel Virginia Lake (Wanda Ventham) first appears in the opening episode of the series ("Identified"), as Virginia Lake: chief designer and head of the design team that created the UTRONIC UFO Tracking Equipment at Westbrook Electronics, Los Angeles.

During the last eight episodes, appearing now as Colonel Lake, she returned to take over the post of S.H.A.D.O.'s  first officer, replacing Colonel Freeman.

Appeared in 9 episodes of UFO.
 
 

Colonel Virginia Lake
Lt. Gay Ellis
Lieutenant Gay Ellis
S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Gay Ellis (Gabrielle Drake), is Moonbase Commander during the first half of the series.

Lieutenant Ellis is occasionally portrayed as lacking self-confidence, and at other times as a take-charge officer. She is briefly reassigned to S.H.A.D.O. HQ when it is suggested that she may be romantically involved with interceptor pilot Mark Bradley (Episode: Computer Affair). She also appears to be attracted to Ed Straker, though nothing comes of this.

Appeared in 10 episodes of UFO.

Lt. Nina Barry
Lieutenant Nina Barry
S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Nina Barry (Dolores Mantez) is one of Commander Straker's first recruits into S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Nina Barry works as a space tracker at Moonbase and later replaces Lieutenant Ellis as its commanding officer.

Lieutenant NIna Barry also serves aboard Skydiver at one point (Episode: Sub-Smash).

Appeared in 17 episodes of UFO.
 

Captain Lew Waterman
S.H.A.D.O.

Captain Lew Waterman (Gary Myers) was initially an interceptor pilot on the Moon but is later promoted to Captain and he replaceed Captain Peter Carlin as Commanding Officer of Skydiver and pilot of Sky One.

Appeared in 7 episodes of UFO.
 
 
 
 
 

Captain Lew Waterman
Astronaut Mark Bradley
S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Mark Bradley (Harry Baird) is a Caribbean-born interceptor pilot based on the Moon. He becomes romantically involved with Lt. Ellis for a time, leading to a temporary assignment at S.H.A.D.O. H.Q. on Earth, and later briefly assumes the position of Moonbase Commander.

Harry Baird left the series after filming four episodes, but appeared in stock footage in two later episodes.

Appeared in 4 episodes of UFO.

Astronaut Mark Bradley
Dr. Shroeder
Dr. Shroeder
S.H.A.D.O.

Dr. Shroeder (Maxwell Shaw) is S.H.A.D.O.'s head of medical and psychological physician and doctor.

Maxwell Shaw was the husband of Rose Tobias-Shaw: the Casting Director for UFO and Century 21 Productions.

Appeared in 4 episodes of UFO.

SkyDiver Operative: Sylvia Howell
SkyDiver Operative: Sylvia Howell
S.H.A.D.O.

SkyDiver Operative: Sylvia Howell (Georgina Moon)

Appeared in 8 episodes of UFO.
 
 
 
 

Captain Peter Carlin
S.H.A.D.O.

Captain Peter Carlin (Peter Gordeno), during the first third of the series. Captain Carlin is the Commander of Skydiver and pilot of its interceptor aircraft, Sky One.

In 1970, Carlin and his sister came across a UFO and were attacked; he was shot and wounded and his sister (Leila) vanished. He joined S.H.A.D.O. in the hope of finding out what happened to his sister, and eventually learned that her organs had been harvested in the pilot episode "Identified".

Appeared in 6 episodes of UFO.

Captain Peter Carlin
General James Henderson
S.H.A.D.O.

General James L. Henderson (Grant Taylor), Ed Straker's superior officer, serves as the President of the International Astrophysical Commission (I.A.C.), which is a front for S.H.A.D.O. and is responsible for obtaining funds and equipment from various governments to keep S.H.A.D.O. operational.

Commander Straker and General Henderson frequently clash over the needs of S.H.A.D.O. and economic realities.

Appeared in 9 episodes of UFO.

General James Henderson
Lieutenant Keith Ford
Lieutenant Keith Ford
S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Keith Ford (Keith Alexander) is a former television interviewer who became a founding member of S.H.A.D.O. and its main communications officer.

Actor Keith Alexander left the series after the production break, so the character disappears at the two-thirds mark of the series.

Appeared in 15 episodes of UFO.

Space Tracker Joan Harrington
Space Tracker Joan Harrington
S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Joan Harrington (Antonia Ellis) another Moonbase operative, was one of the organisation's earliest recruits, as seen in the UFO episode, "Confetti Check A-O.K.".

Appeared in 13 episodes of UFO.
 
 
 

Lieutenant Ayshea Johnson
S.H.A.D.O.

Lieutenant Ayshea Johnson (Ayshea Brough) is an operative at S.H.A.D.O. headquarters.

She later becomes S.H.A.D.O.'s communications officer following the departure of Lieutenant Ford.

Appeared in 19 episodes of UFO.
 
 
 
 

Lieutenant Ayshea Johnson
Miss Ealand
S.H.A.D.O.

Miss Ealand (Norma Ronald) is a S.H.A.D.O. operative who masquerades as Straker's movie studio secretary. She is the first line of defence against anyone entering S.H.A.D.O. Headquarters via Commander Straker's office/elevator.

Her character is not seen in most of the post-studio change episodes, being replaced in two episodes by a Miss Holland, played by Lois Maxwell.

Appeared in 11 episodes of UFO.

Miss Ealand