Their relationship and her wilful attitude to staff resulted in her being asked to leave.
They continued their relationship for about a year. She met Anthony Newley during the filming of his cult TV series The Strange World Of Gurney Slade — she was playing one of his fantasy women.
She was flying home from Ireland after filming for four weeks with Michael Winner in 1958 when she picked up a newspaper and read that Edward had married actress Tracey Reed. 'He took me by the hand and said: "Come on, Wills darling. He was the most beautiful, talented, funny, sweet man.
You're coming home with me."' Soon she was living in his London flat, along with Newley's mother, Grace, and his manager. I couldn't resist him.' During their year-and-a-half-long relationship, she helped him work on his musical Stop The World — I Want To Get Off.
'They were the happiest times,' she says, 'sitting by the piano writing songs together and I had my own little room as a studio where I could paint — mainly pictures of him and me.' She knew he was unfaithful, but says: 'He made sure it wasn't under my nose and our little life was kept apart from all that.' When Anneke discovered at 18 that she was pregnant, Newley took her by the hand and said: 'Darling, don't worry. You'll have to clean out your studio and turn it into a nursery.' 'I was in heaven,' says Anneke. The first Anneke knew about it was when she found a telephone message scribbled on a pad in his manager's office. I didn't know why he had changed his mind.' When she finally booked into a clinic in Hampstead for a Caesarean abortion at four-and-a-half months pregnant, she remembers taking a doll with her. 'I was sobbing my eyes out.' She moved in with her brother Robin at a flat in Paddington, but when Newley returned to London, she went round to their former home to confront him.
'I started throwing myself into the earth mother role.' Not long after that, Newley left to work in the U. It said: 'Get Wills aborted.' Abortion She recalls being taken by Newley's manager to see the two psychiatrists necessary to agree to an abortion. 'There were pictures of Joan everywhere,' she says. "' Anneke felt no guilt about Joan, instead revelling in the opportunity to get her own back on the woman who had lured away her love.
The truth is that unlike Billie, who has apparently walked away from her youthful marriage to Chris Evans emotionally unscathed, the men in Anneke's life have always been her downfall.
Or that at just 18 she was pregnant with Anthony Newley's child and forced to abort it when he left her for Joan Collins. On summer mornings, she lies in the warm water, taking in the glorious view across the moors and reflecting on the astonishing events of her life.
She was pregnant and in need of somewhere to stay and he offered her a room in his house. A year later, she was offered her role as Polly in Doctor Who, earning £90 a week — equivalent now to about £1,000 a week. 'William Hartnell (the first Doctor) was pretty intimidating to work with, but when he was succeeded by Patrick Troughton it was so much fun.' Even so, she confidently turned down a second series for fear of being typecast and went on to play the assistant to Anthony Quayle's criminologist in the hit series The Strange Report.
It seemed to her that life couldn't have been more perfect. 'I took lessons on how to do the perfect scream without damaging my voice. Little did she know that her professional acting career was rapidly drawing to a close.
She found an idyllic Elizabethan farmhouse which they bought and she threw herself into motherhood and gardening.
For years they were happy, but when Gough started work at the National Theatre and returned to Norfolk only at weekends, the cracks in their marriage began to show. I thought I could still be Mrs Gough and an individual. I was becoming a woman.' The evening they agreed to divorce, she says, they went to bed, cried and held each other. 'But we knew we couldn't continue to make each other so unhappy.' Like Billie, who recently said she wouldn't take a penny of her ex-husband's millions, Anneke also walked away from her marriage empty-handed.