Kay Callard was born in Mount Denis, Toronto in 1923. She grew up in Ontario before moving back to her parents home in England before the outbreak of World War 2. The Callards lived in Hampton and Kay attended Twickenham Art College where she trained as an artist, illustrator and portrait painter. It was here that Kay became involved in drama and her love of acting and performing became apparent.
After graduating college in 1943 Kay joined the Ordnance Survey as a map maker. After the war she returned to North America, first Hollywood and then Las Vegas, where worked as an assistant for the magician Harry Blackstone.
Things didn’t quite work out as planned. Kay returned to Canada where she worked for a time as a copywriter on newspapers in Ontario and Toronto before returning to the UK.
She started looking for work and landed small roles in two Dirk Bogarde vehicles, Ill Met by Moonlight and They Who Dare.
In 1956 Kay, at the age of 24, had signed as a contract artist to Anglo-Amalgamated run by Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy. The deal meant she had to deliver three films a year for the studio for four years. She first caught the eye of producer Alec Snowden and director Montgomery Tulley in Dial 999. Her first Anglo film feature was a supporting role in thriller The Hypnotist starring Roland Culver, Patricia Roc, Paul Carpenter and William Hartnell. Her first starring role was in One Man’s Secret in which she appeared with Zachary Scott and Faith Domergue, followed by West of Suez aka The Fighting Wildcats with Keefe Braselle.
Kay also signed for the Danziger Brothers and starred in a number of films produced in Edward and Harry’s New Elstree Studios including The Great Van Robbery and Top Floor Girl.