Stephanie Bidmead

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Stephanie Bidmead
Born (1929-01-29)29 January 1929
Birmingham, England
Died 22 September 1974(1974-09-22) (aged 45)
Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, England
Cause of death Anterior horn cell demyelitis
Occupation Actress
Notable work Maaga in Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (1965)
Spouse(s) Henry Bardon
Children 2 sons

Stephanie Bidmead (29 January 1929 - 22 September 1974) was a British stage and television actress.

She was born in Kidderminster. She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1950s, and played in Peter Brook's 1957 production of The Tempest and in 1959 played opposite Charles Laughton in King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

She began to work in television during the 1960s, with credits in Doctor Who, and Adam Adamant Lives!. In the Doctor Who serial Galaxy 4 she played the Drahvin leader Maaga.[1]

In 1972 she played the lead role of Queen Elizabeth I in Robert Bolt's play Vivat! Vivat Regina! in the Birmingham Rep production.[2]

She had two sons with Moravian theater designer Henry Bardon. She was diagnosed with anterior horn cell demyelitis and died on 22 September 1974 at the age of 45.[1]





  1. ^ a b Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 461 - June 2013 - Page 55
  2. ^ "The Rep 100", Birmingham Rep

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