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Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
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Gender Female
Born 24th December 1999/2039
Hair Blonde
Eyes Blue
Series Thunderbirds
Films Thunderbirds are Go
Thunderbird 6
Role Field Agent of International Rescue
Voice Actors Sylvia Anderson

Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward (born 24 December 1999/2039) is a member of the British aristocracy, as well as a renowned high-fashion model and frequenter of the international social scene.

Less well-known, is that she's also a highly-trained undercover agent and - unknown to the world entirely - is the lead field agent for the top-secret life-saving organization International Rescue, in the British television series Thunderbirds.

Her personal motto: Elegance, Charm...and Deadly Danger.


Early Life

Born on Christmas Eve - the daughter of aristocrat Sir Hugh Creighton-Ward and his wife Amelia - Lady Penelope spent the first years her life at the family seat, Creighton-Ward Manor, in the English countryside (see below). Some time thereafter, the family moved to India where her father was requested by the government to organize a tea-growing community. The Indian climate, however, did not agree with Penelope, and she returned without her parents to England. There she was put into the care of a governess, Miss Pemberton, to whom she quickly bonded. At the age of eleven she was sent to Roedean, an exclusive girls' boarding school where she excelled in many subjects and became very popular among her peers; she was later elected head girl. Upon leaving Roedean, Penelope went to a finishing-school in Switzerland where she became a highly-accomplished skier and developed fluency in several languages, including French, German and Italian.


Lady Penelope is stylish and fashionable in almost every aspect of her life. She's a world-renowned supermodel and celebrity, having appeared on the cover of Chic magazine. Her clothes are created especially for her by top fashion designers like Elaine Wickfen and François Lemaire, who named his revolutionary new fabric Penelon after her. She wears an exclusive perfume called Soupçon de Péril, mixed for her by Jacques Verre. Lady Penelope is as much a trend-setter as she is a follower of vogue. Paris is one of her favorite cities, and she always enjoy Pernod whenever business or pleasure takes her there.


Private Life

Lady Penelope's family not only gave her the best that money could buy, they also helped her appreciate other values - such as loyalty and friendship - which she holds as the most important parts of her character. Trust from both sides is accepted as a 'given' in her friendships; although her circle of contacts is large, her real friends number a special few that are mostly like-minded, despite some with their own quaint traits or foibles. Her Integrity is never questioned, or lacking. She also holds one of the most unblemished reputations which is probably on a par with her friend and colleague, Jeff Tracy.

Her upbringing, surrounded by aristocracy, has enabled her to live a life of luxury. It's much to her credit that she remains firmly in touch with reality, despite first-class world travel and holidays, and a future of abundant wealth, . Her family raised her to be unselfish, and although she has the means to relax in the grandeur of her home, or wherever she wishes, she sees that kind of life as mundane and out-of-touch from an interesting enigma of the world and the excitement it has to offer...


Rather than suffer ennui from a moribund life style, Penelope choose an exciting life of daring: putting her life at risk for the benefit of others. Being a philanthropist, she took the opportunity to truly feel excitement while at the same time exercising her talents and skills in order to ensure the safety of her fellow countrymen. She demonstrates courage with charm, rarely-compatible traits that usually are best serving separate masters. Cool in the face of danger and adversity, she's also is able to display a high level of control in the toughest of situations, which is of the utmost importance. Her seemingly-natural unshakable posture, unshrinking courage, levelheadedness and leadership skills, makes her the epitome of espionage to agents and all who share in that career. She can operate as a lone wolf, lead or partner with anyone, whatever the need or mission may require.

Creighton-Ward Estates


Creighton-Ward Manor is an eighteenth-century stately home at Foxley Heath in Gloucestershire, England and is the seat of the Creighton-Ward dynasty. It was built on the site of a Norman castle by the first Lord Creighton-Ward after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I, who was a regular visitor. The current Creighton-Ward mansion was built by Lord Cuthbert Creighton-Ward in 1730 after he burned down the previous house during a gunpowder experiment. Lord Cuthbert asked architect Colin Campbell to design the iconic Palladian edifice. When Lady Penelope became a secret agent, she renovated the historic building to better suit her secret lifestyle; installing a satellite antenna, a number of two-way video communication consoles for contacting International Rescue and a safe with state-of-the-art alarm system and CCTV. The old servants quarters houses a forensic laboratory.

Also, beneath the estate, is an underground river, with a boat which she uses to slip out if she thinks that the house is under surveillance or she is in danger; she can meet her colleague, Aloysius Parker (see below) at a nearby village without anyone knowing.

Creighton-Ward Manor was designated a Grade One-listed building by the World Heritage Organization.

Bonga Bonga. Lady Penelope also owns this expansive sheep-station, in the Australian outback. It was acquired by Bertie ‘Buster’ Creighton-Ward. The open-plan lounge with its modern fabrics and simple geometric designs sharply contrasts with the rich detail of Creighton-Ward Manor.


Aloysius "Nosey" Parker is a cockney ex-convict from a long line of retainers serving the aristocracy, now butler and chauffeur to Lady Penelope. She 'caught him in the act' one day. and saw a more positive use for his nefarious talents. She offered him a position in the manor and in International Rescue; he is loyal and indispensable to both.

Lilian - or Lil, as she's known by Parker - is the cook of Creighton-Ward Manor. She has a large repertoire of cookery that she prepares for Lady Penelope, much to the disgust of Parker's simple taste buds! (Stew, anyone?)

Perce is the gardener for the 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) Creighton-Ward estate, and friend of Parker.



Season 1

Season 2


Thunderbirds 1965

  • Introducing Thunderbirds
  • The Abominable Snowman
  • The Stately Homes Robberies


  • Lady Penelope takes tea almost religiously, and can communicate with International Rescue via her specially-equipped Regency teapot.
  • The model was designed by Mary Turner, under the direction of Sylvia Anderson. Turner told that the model's features were of Sylvia Anderson after she accepted it
  • The entire wardrobe was created by Sylvia Anderson[1]


Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward on Thunderbirds Wiki:


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International Rescue: Jeff TracyScott TracyVirgil TracyAlan TracyGordon TracyJohn TracyBrainsTin-Tin KyranoLady Penelope Creighton-WardAloysius Parker
Others: Lucille TracyKyranoGrandma TracyThe Hood

TV Series Episodes:
Season 1
Trapped In The SkyPit of PerilThe Perils Of PenelopeTerror In New York CityEdge Of ImpactDay Of Disaster30 Minutes After NoonDesperate IntruderEnd Of The RoadThe UninvitedSun ProbeOperation Crash-DiveThe Mighty AtomCity of FireThe ImpostorsThe Man From MI.5Cry WolfDanger at Ocean DeepMove - And You're DeadThe Duchess AssignmentBrink Of DisasterAttack of the Alligators!Martian InvasionThe Cham-ChamSecurity Hazard
Season 2
Atlantic InfernoPath of DestructionAlias Mr. HackenbackerLord Parker's 'OlidayRicochetGive Or Take A Million

Thunderbirds Are GoThunderbird 6

Audio Adventures:
Introducing ThunderbirdsF.A.B.The Stately Homes Robberies

Young CorgiThe Vault

Tracy IslandCreighton-Ward Mansion

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