29 December 1937 |
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
|Years active||1958 - present|
|Spouse(s)||James Poe (1969 - 1978; divorced); 1 child|
Barbara Steele (born 29 December 1937) is an English film actress. She is best known for starring in Italian gothic horror films of the 1960s. Her breakthrough role came in Italian director Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), now hailed as a classic.
Steele starred in a string of horror films, including The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), The Ghost directed by Riccardo Freda, and Roger Corman's 1961 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Pit and the Pendulum, among others.
She guest starred on various British television shows including the spy drama, Danger Man starring Patrick McGoohan. She made her American television debut in 1960 as Dolores in "Daughter of Illusion" of the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. In 1961, she appeared as Phyllis in "Beta Delta Gamm" on CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Partial filmography 
- Bachelor of Hearts (1958)
- Upstairs and Downstairs (1959)
- Your Money or Your Wife (1960)
- Black Sunday (1960) aka Mask of the Demon
- The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
- The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) aka Raptus
- 8½ (1963)
- The Ghost (1963) aka Lo Spettro
- White Voices (1964)
- Castle of Blood (1964) aka Danza Macabre
- The Long Hair of Death (1964) directed by Antonio Margheriti
- Terror-Creatures from the Grave (1965) aka Five Graves For A Medium
- Nightmare Castle (1965) aka Lovers Beyond the Grave
- An Angel for Satan (1966)
- The She Beast (1966)
- Young Törless (1966)
- Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) aka The Crimson Cult
- Caged Heat (1974)
- Shivers (1975) aka They Came From Within
- Piranha (1978)
- Silent Scream (1980)
- Dark Shadows (TV series revival) (1991)
- Dave Kehr "Critics Choice: New DVDs: The Mario Bava Collection, Volume 1", New York Times, April 10, 2007
- Clarke, Donald. "Mark Gatiss’s History of Horror". Irish Times.com. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- "A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss – Home Counties Horror Ep 2/3". BBC. 2010-10-18.
- Barbara Steele at the Internet Movie Database
- Barbara Steele at AllRovi
- Barbara Steele biography on (re)Search my Trash
- Watch Barbara Steele in Nightmare Castle