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Ryde Nanny for Famous Family

Peter Sellers Blue Plaque, Southsea


A 22 year-old Ryde girl left this week to take up an appointment as nanny to 18-month-old Victoria Sellers, daughter of the film star Peter Sellers and his wife Britt Ekland. She is Miss Carol Parnell, of 20 Arthur Street, who until recently was a staff nurse on the medical ward at the Royal I.W. County Hospital.

Miss Parnell will go first to London and then to Rome, with the chance of further travel.

Miss Parnell, who comes from a Ryde family but was born in London, was educated at Ryde County Secondary Modern School and Newport Technical College. She obtained her new job because a friend who is a relative of Peter Sellers arranged an interview for her.

Further information on Peter Sellers –

Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers on  8 September 1925 and was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series  ‘The Goon Show’ and his many film roles included Chief Inspector Clouseau in the ‘Pink Panther’ series. Born in Castle Street, Southsea, Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea when he was only two weeks old. His parents were both variety entertainers and he began accompanying them in a variety act that toured the provincial theatres. The family moved to North London in 1935 and settled in Muswell Hill.

In early February 1964, Sellers met Britt Ekland, a Swedish actress and on 19 February 1964, just ten days after their first meeting, the couple married. Ekland was the second of Sellers’ four wives. On 20 January 1965, Sellers and Ekland announced the birth of a daughter, Victoria and they moved to Rome in May to film ‘After the Fox’ an Anglo-Italian production. Peter Sellers died 0n 24 July 1980.

Source: Isle of Wight Times 8 September 1966 & Wikipedia

Picture Source: Blue plaque, Castle St., Southsea, from Wikipedia