Britt Ekland (born 6 October 1942) is a Swedish actress, long resident in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English, French, German and her native Swedish and is most famous for her role as a Bond Girl in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Ekland’s father was a successful retailer and she has three younger brothers. Her mother died after a long battle with Alzheimers and Ekland was diagnosed with osteoporosis (which in her case she attributes to chronic dieting and low calcium), after falling at an awards show and fracturing her wrist and ankle. She has been associated with Alzheimer’s and Osteoporosis organizations.
Ekland appeared in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Other notable film appearances include The Night They Raided Minsky’s, Baxter (co-starring Patricia Neal), The Double Man, Get Carter (in the 1999 BBC television series I Love the ’70s she hosted the 1971 episode in homage to her role as “Anna” in the film), and the 1973 cult film The Wicker Man (for which her voice was dubbed to disguise her Swedish-accented English).
She was one of the first celebrities to do Pilates (beginning in the 1970s) and she published a beauty and fitness book in 1984, followed by a fitness video in 1992. Ekland credits her personal Swedish trainer, Herb Genendelis, for a workout regimen that has kept her in “show biz shape”.