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Annette Badland (born 26 August 1950) is an English actress known for a wide range of roles on TV, radio, stage acting and film. She has played Margaret Blaine in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, Doomsday Dora in The Sparticle Mystery, Birdie Henshall in the drama series Cutting It, Mavis in season 6 of Skins, Ursula Crowe in children's science fiction/fantasy series Wizards vs Aliens, Mrs. Glenna Fitzgibbons in season 1 of Outlander and Babe Smith in soap opera EastEnders. Badland plays Hazel Woolley in BBC Radio The Archers. Supplied the voice of Pig in the children's series Pipkins

Annette Badland
Annette Badland 2016.jpg
Badland in 2016
Born (1950-08-26) 26 August 1950 (age 68)
Years active1972–present
Notable work
Doctor Who
Cutting It
Wizards vs Aliens
The Sparticle Mystery
The Archers



Her training took place at East 15 Acting School, London.[1] She has appeared in many television roles including Bergerac (1981–84),[2] 2point4 Children, Making Out, Summer Hill, Lace, Jackanory, Archer's Goon, The Demon Headmaster, A Little Princess, The Worst Witch, The Queen's Nose and Coronation Street, as well as an early appearance in series one of the Hale & Pace show in a number of sketches.[citation needed]

In 1989, she appeared in "The Rough and The Smooth", an episode of All Creatures Great and Small. She played the recurring villain Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen a.k.a. "Margaret Blaine" in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. She provides commentary on the Doctor Who Complete Series One Box Set, on the episodes "World War Three" and "Boom Town" as a Slitheen.[citation needed]

In 2006 she put in an appearance at Larkhall Prison for the eighth series of ITV1 drama Bad Girls.[3] She played Angela Robbins, a disturbing inmate who was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder.

In May 2018, she reached the final of BBC's Pointless Celebrity with Midsomer Murders Neil Dudgeon and donated £500 to the Midland Langar Seva Society.

She has also appeared in many films including Jabberwocky (1977), Out of Order (1987), Beyond Bedlam (1994), Captives (1994), The Grotesque (1995), Little Voice (1998), Beautiful People (1999), Honest (2000), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and appeared in the TV adaptations of Gulliver's Travels (1996) as the farmer's wife, and A Christmas Carol (1999) as Mrs Fezziwig.[citation needed]

Badland has performed in several radio dramas including BBC Radio 4's Rolling Home (2001), Smelling of Roses (2003) and an adaptation of George MacDonald's novel At the Back of the North Wind; lead role as DC Gwen Danbury in An Odd Body on BBC Radio 4 Extra. In 2005 she took over the role of Hazel Woolley, the "bad seed" adopted daughter of Jack Woolley in the long-running radio soap opera The Archers, and in 2008 appeared in the radio serial The Way We Live Right Now as Tilly Carbury.[citation needed]

Badland was also the presenter of BBC's You and Me in the early 1990s and appeared in the British comedy Three and Out released on 25 April 2008. She also played the sharply conservative Ethel Tonks in the BBC's All the Small Things (April/May 2009) alongside Sarah Lancashire, Neil Pearson, Sarah Alexander and Bryan Dick. In 2009 she appeared in Casualty as a disturbed mother who was always worrying about her daughters.

On 5 July 2010 she appeared as a Verger in Doctors.[4] In 2012, Badland appeared as Ursula in the new CBBC science fiction series, Wizards vs Aliens. She was also in BBC's Cutting It, for 4 series. In The Sparticle Mystery, Badland played DoomsDay Dora and HoloDora. She appeared in four episodes as DoomsDay Dora and eight episodes as HoloDora.[citation needed]

On 12 December 2013, it was announced that Badland would appear as a regular in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders, playing Babe Smith. She made her first on-screen appearance in the episode broadcast on 31 January 2014.[5] On 18 September 2016, it was announced that Badland had been axed from the serial by new executive producer, Sean O'Connor, with the character making her final appearance on 9 February 2017.[6]

Beginning in Season 20 of Midsomer Murders, she plays the redoubtable Dr. Fleur Perkins, Midsomer's pathologist.[7][8]


Badland has had a wide-ranging stage career, including seasons with the RSC (her Audrey in As You Like It, 1973, was an auspicious debut in a leading company) and the Young Vic.[9]

Her first professional productions were in director Noel Willman's Three Arrows (by Dame Iris Murdoch) and Richard Cottrell's Ruling the Roost (Georges Feydeau) at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in October 1972.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Alumni – East 15 Acting School". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Bergerac". Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Bad Girls". Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Doctors". Digital Spy. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  5. ^ Brown, David (12 December 2013). "EastEnders: Timothy West and Annette Badland to join as Danny Dyer's screen family expands". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  6. ^, Rebecca Lewis for (18 September 2016). "EastEnders' Aunt Babe to leave Albert Square but will be waiting 'in the wings'". Metro. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  7. ^ Midsomer Murders: Season 20. Ghost of Causton Abbey. retrieved 6 May 2018.
  8. ^ Midsomer Murders News. April 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  9. ^ Wardle, Irving (13 June 1973). "As You Like It". The Times (58807): 13. Annette Badland's Audrey…is a treat
  10. ^ "Annette Badland". Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  11. ^ Murdoch, Iris (1989). The servants and the snow ; The three arrows ; The black prince : three plays. London: Chatto & Windus. p. 302. ISBN 9780701135904.

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