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Mary Quilter (November 30 1945 - August 19 1979), better known by her stage name Mary Millington, was one of Britain's most successful porn stars of the 1970s, who became well-known thanks to her appearances in millionaire David Sullivan's porn magazines and films.

Known as Britain's version of Linda Lovelace, Mary gained notoriety for her starring role in Sullivan's 1977 sex comedy Come Play with Me. This was followed by roles in The Playbirds (1978), in which she was ironically cast as a policewoman, as well as Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979) and Queen of the Blues (1979). She also appeared in other sex movies such as Eskimo Nell (1975), Intimate Games (1976) and Derek Ford's What's Up Superdoc! (1978). Millington's final appearance was in the Sex Pistols film Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle directed by Julien Temple, which was released theatrically in March 1980. Sadly, neither she, nor her punk rock co-star Sid Vicious lived to see the completion of the movie.

At the height of her fame, Mary committed suicide at her home in Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, aged just 33, after spiralling into drugs and depression. A posthumous exploitation film about her life was released in London in October 1980, entitled Mary Millington's True Blue Confessions. In 1996 Channel Four television screened a tribute to her entitled Sex and Fame: The Mary Millington Story featuring an interview with David Sullivan.

Twenty years after her death, the author and film historian Simon Sheridan put Mary's life into context in his critically-acclaimed biography Come Play with Me: The Life and Films of Mary Millington. Further information about Mary's career can be found in Sheridan's follow-up book 'Keeping the British End Up', the third edition of which was published in April 2007.


  • Miss Bohrloch (Short, 1970)
  • Oh, Nurse! (Short, 1971)
  • Oral Connection (Short, 1971)
  • Betrayed (Short, early 1970s)
  • Love Games (Short, early 1970s)
  • Secrets of a Door to Door Salesman (1973, scenes cut)
  • Response aka Go Down, My Lovely (Short, 1974)
  • Sex is My Business (aka Sex Shop) (Short, 1974)
  • Eskimo Nell (film) (1974)
  • Erotic Inferno (1975)
  • I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight (1975)
  • Private Pleasures (Shot in Sweden, 1975)
  • Keep It Up Downstairs (1976)
  • Intimate Games (1976)
  • Come Play with Me (1977)
  • The Playbirds (1978)
  • Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979)
  • Queen of the Blues (1979)
  • The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (Posthumous, 1980)
  • Mary Millington's True Blue Confessions (Posthumous, 1980)
  • Mary Millington's World Striptease Extravaganza (Posthumous, 1982)
  • Sex and Fame: The Mary Millington Story (TV documentary, 1996)


  • Sheridan, Simon 1999. Come Play with Me: The Life and Films of Mary Millington FAB Press ISBN 0-9529260-7-5
  • Sheridan, Simon 2005. Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema Reynolds & Hearn Books ISBN 1-903111-92-7

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