Munro’s career commenced in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some headshots of her in The Evening News‘s “Face of the Year” contest. As she said:
I wanted to do art. Art was my love. I went to art school in Brighton but I was not very good at it. I just did not know what to do. I had a friend at the college who was studying photography and he needed somebody to photograph and he asked me. Unbeknownst to me, he sent the photographs to a big newspaper in London. The fashion photographer, David Bailey, was conducting a photo contest and my picture won.
This led to modelling work for Vogue magazine at the age of 17. She moved to London to pursue modelling work and became a cover girl for fashion and TV advertisements while there. She had bit parts in films such as Casino Royale (1967) and Where’s Jack? (1969). One of her photo ads led to a screen test and a one-year contract with Paramount where she was cast as Richard Widmark’s daughter in the comedy western A Talent for Loving (also 1969). She appeared alongside Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), playing the deceased Victoria Regina Phibes. She reprised the role in its sequel, Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972).
Hammer Films Chairman, Sir James Carreras, spotted Munro on a Lamb’s Navy Rum poster/billboard. He asked his assistant, James Liggett, to find and screen test her. She was promptly signed to a one-year contract. Her first film for Hammer proved to be a turning point in her career. It was during the making of Dracula AD 1972 (1972) that she decided from this film onward she was a full-fledged actress. Munro acted in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Directed by Brian Clemens, she played the barefoot gypsy girl Carla. In Paramount Pictures’ DVD commentary, Clemens explains that he envisioned the role as a fiery Raquel Welch-type redhead.
Munro has the distinction of being the only actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Hammer Films. She turned down the lead female roles in Hammer’s Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), and the unmade Vampirella because they required nudity
Brian Clemens helped her to be cast in the role of Margiana, the slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).
I got the part – I had been signed by Hammer, for one year, for a contract, out of which I did two films, one being Dracula AD 1972, and the second one being Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, which, kind of, would come full-circle, to Sinbad. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, who wrote the screenplay for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, so, I was lucky enough to be chosen for Captain Kronos, and they were searching for somebody to do Sinbad, and they wanted a big name, somebody American, or well-known, but Brian said “No”. He kept lobbying Charles Schneer [producer] and Ray Harryhausen — saying: ‘I think you should come and look at the rushes, and see what you think, because I think she’s right’. So, they said “No”, but, eventually, Brian persuaded them to do that, and they saw the rushes, and that was how I got the part. So, it was lovely, like work-out-of-work. I was very lucky to have done that.
Other appearances during this time included I Don’t Want to Be Born (1975) with Joan Collins, and At the Earth’s Core (1976) with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. She appeared also as Tammy, a nursing employee of a sinister health farm, in “The Angels of Death”, an episode of the TV series The New Avengers that featured also rising stars Pamela Stephenson and Lindsay Duncan.
In 1977, Munro turned down the opportunity to play villainess Ursa in Superman in favour of Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Munro continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films through the 1970s and 1980s, such as Starcrash (1978) with David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer and Marjoe Gortner.
Munro’s career continued to thrive well in the 1980s, and she appeared in many slasher and Eurotrash productions. Her first film shot on American soil was the William Lustig production Maniac (1980). This was soon followed by the “multi-award winning, shot during the Cannes Film Festival” shocker The Last Horror Film (1982) (directed by David Winters), in which she was reunited with her Maniac (and Starcrash) co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the film Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984), Slaughter High (1986), Paul Naschy’s Howl of the Devil, and Jess Franco’s Faceless (1988), followed in rapid succession. She reteamed with Starcrash director, Luigi Cozzi, for Demons 6: De Profundis (aka Il gatto nero, 1989).
Her film roles were confined to performing cameos as herself in Night Owl (1993), as Mrs. Pignon in To Die For (1994), as the counselor in her friend Jeffrey Arsenault’s film Domestic Strangers (1996), and as Carla the Gypsy in Flesh for the Beast (2003).
In 2018, Munro re-teamed with her Dracula A.D. 1972 co-star Christopher Neame to appear in the horror film House of the Gorgon.
- Casino Royale (1967) as Guard Girl (uncredited)
- Joanna (1968) as Extra (uncredited)
- Where’s Jack? (1969) as Madame Vendonne
- A Talent for Loving (1969) as Evalina Patten
- Fumo di Londra (1971) as Beautiful Brunette
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) as Victoria Regina Phibes (uncredited)
- Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) as Laura
- Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) as Victoria Regina Phibes (uncredited)
- The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) as Margiana
- Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974) as Carla
- I Don’t Want to Be Born (1975) as Mandy Gregory
- At the Earth’s Core (1976) as Dia
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as Naomi
- Starcrash (1979) as Stella Star
- Maniac (1980) as Anna D’Antoni
- The Last Horror Film (1982) as Jana Bates
- Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) as herself
- Slaughter High (1986) as Carol Manning
- Howl of the Devil (1987) as Carmen
- Faceless (1988) as Barbara Hallen
- Demons 6: De Profundis (1989) as Nora
- Night Owl (1993) as herself
- To Die For (1994) as Mrs. Pignon
- Flesh for the Beast (2003) as Carla the Gypsy
- Domestic Strangers (2005) as Counselor
- The Absence of Light (2006) as Abbey Church
- Aqua Tales (2012) as Marina (voice)
- Vampyres (2015) as Hotel Owner
- Cute Little Buggers (2015) as Mystic Mary
- Crying Wolf 3D (2015) as Shopkeeper
- GirlForce (2016)
- 315 Wicked Way (2017) as Nora
- House of the Gorgon (2019)