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Connie Sachs

Connie Sachs is a fictional character created by John le Carré. Sachs plays a key supporting role in le Carré's Karla Trilogy of spy novels including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley's People.

Sachs is an eccentric alcoholic alcoholism, but her encyclopaedic memory of Soviet intelligence helps Smiley piece together the mystery which ultimately redeems the career of both Smiley and his "people."

In the BBC's 1979 television adaptation of Tinker, Tailor and the 1982 adaptation of Smiley's People which followed it, Sachs was played by Beryl Reid.[1] In BBC Radio 4's 2009-10 adaptation of the Karla trilogy, Sachs was played by Maggie Steed.[2] In the 2011 film adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Sachs was played by Kathy Burke.[3]

Sachs was widely reputed (in outline at least) to be based on the real-life MI5 legendary Soviet watcher Milicent Bagot. Although she worked in domestic intelligence (unlike the fictional Connie), she was reportedly the first to alert British authorities that famed double agent Kim Philby had past associations as a Communist. Bagot died, aged 99, in 2006.[4]


  1. ^ "Send In The Clowns".  
  2. ^ "Classic Serial: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy".  
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  4. ^ Michael Evans (2006-06-03). "Le Carré's 'Connie' dies aged 99".  

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