Maggie Steed

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Maggie Steed
Born Margaret Baker
(1946-12-01) 1 December 1946 (age 68)
Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom

Maggie Steed (born Margaret Baker; 1 December 1946) is an English actress and comedienne.


After studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, she left the theatre for several years.


Maggie Steed works regularly on the stage and has performed with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also performed as a stand-up comedienne. Her first major television role was playing Rita Moon in the series Shine on Harvey Moon. She is also known for long running roles playing Margaret Crabbe in Pie in the Sky and Phyllis Woolf in Born and Bred. Her recent prominent television credits include appearances on Minder, Sensitive Skin and Jam and Jerusalem

In 2008 Steed appeared on tour in Michael Frayn's hit comedy Noises Off as Mrs. Clackett, produced by the Ambassador Theatre Group, most notably at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. Playing opposite Ben Hull and Jamie Hogarth, the cast also included Laura Matthews, Sophie Bould, Richard Hope, Colin Baker and Jonathan Coy. In 2010 she appeared in the multi-award winning short film, The Miserables and the following year returned to the stage in the off West End production of The Belle's Stratagem in a comedy duo role with the actress Jackie Clune.

Political activism[edit]

She was a member of The Campaign Against Racism in the Media, appearing in an edition of the BBC's Open Door series on 1 March 1979 (with Stuart Hall), to criticise British TV representations of immigration and racial stereotypes. Steed helped write and perform in the comedy benefit concert, An Evening for Nicaragua, at the Shaftesbury Theatre, which aired on British television in 1983.

The cast included Ben Elton, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Emma Thompson and Rik Mayall. Maggie Steed also visited Nicaragua in 1982 with Andy de la Tour.


  • Babylon (1980) .... Woman At Lockup
  • The History Man (1981) .... Myra Beamish
  • Intimate Contact (1987) .... Becca Crichton
  • Blood Rights (1990) .... Tess Barker
  • Clothes in the Wardrobe (1992) .... Mrs. Raffald
  • Growing Rich (1992) .... Raelene
  • Olly's Prison (1993) .... Ellen
  • Simon Magus (1999) .... Muttchen
  • Stardom (2000) .... British Fashion Reporter
  • The Painted Veil (2006) .... Mrs Garstin
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) .... Louis Vuitton Woman
  • The Miserables (2010) .... Evelyn Pickleton
  • A Promise (2013)

Television credits[edit]

Theatre performances[edit]


She played the role of Connie Sachs in the BBC dramatisation of the John le Carre novels that made up The Karla Trilogy.[2]


  1. ^ The Independent, 22 March 2000
  2. ^ "The Complete Smiley - The Karla Trilogy". BBC. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 

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