Maggie Steed (born Margaret Baker; 1 December 1946) is an English actress and comedienne.
1 December 1946
After studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, Steed left the theatre for several[quantify] years. She stated: "Actresses in those days had to be "dolly birds" and I was just Margaret Baker from Plymouth, tall with very gappy teeth, so I became a secretary instead. It was only years later, when I'd grown up politically and become interested in theatre, that I started again and ended up at the Coventry Belgrade Theatre with Clive Russell and Sue Johnston."
Maggie Steed has worked on the stage, and has performed with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company and as a comedian. Her first major television role was playing Rita Moon in the series Shine on Harvey Moon. She played Margaret Crabbe in Pie in the Sky and Phyllis Woolf in Born and Bred. Her television credits include appearances on Fox, Minder, Sensitive Skin and Jam and Jerusalem.
In 2008 Steed appeared on tour in Michael Frayn's comedy Noises Off as Mrs Clackett, produced by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which included the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. The cast included Sophie Bould, Colin Baker and Jonathan Coy. In 2010 she appeared in the short film The Miserables, and the following year onstage in a comedy duo role with actress Jackie Clune in a production of The Belle's Stratagem.
In April 2017, it was announced that Steed would be joining the cast of EastEnders as Joyce Murray. It was announced in March 2018 that Steed had been written out of the show and subsequently would be killed off.
Steed 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. She 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.
|1980||Babylon||Woman at Lockup|
|1981||The History Man||Myra Beamish|
|1987||Intimate Contact||Becca Crichton|
|1990||Blood Rights||Tess Barker|
|1992||Clothes in the Wardrobe||Mrs. Raffald|
|2000||Stardom||British Fashion Reporter|
|2004||Lawrence of Arabia Close||Doris|
|2006||The Painted Veil||Mrs Garstin|
|2009||The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Louis Vuitton Woman|
|2010||The Miserables||Evelyn Pickleton|
|2013||A Promise||Frau Hermann|
|2014||Pudsey the Dog: The Movie||Mrs. Willoughby|
|2016||Florence Foster Jenkins||Mrs. O'Flaherty|
|A Cure for Wellness||Mrs. Abramov|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Vivian's Grandmother|
|Paddington 2||Mrs Gertrude Biggleswade|
- Coronation Street – as Ellen Smith (1970)
- Shine on Harvey Moon – as Rita Moon (1982)
- Minder – "Broken Arrow" episode as Sherry (1982)
- The Young Ones – "Demolition" (1982) and "Sick" (1984)
- Victoria Wood As Seen on TV – "The Making of Acorn Antiques" as Marion Clune (Producer) (1985)
- Intimate Contact – Becca Crichton (1987)
- Lovejoy – "One Born Every Minute" episode as Joanna (1991)
- Red Dwarf – "Quarantine" episode as Dr. Hildegarde Lanstrom (1992)
- Lipstick on Your Collar – as Aunt Vickie (1993)
- Martin Chuzzlewit – as Mrs. Todgers (1994)
- Pie in the Sky – as Margaret Crabbe (1994–1997)
- Inspector Morse – "Death Is Now My Neighbour" episode as Angela Storrs (1993)
- Let Them Eat Cake – as Madame Vigée-Lebrun (1999)
- Midsomer Murders – the episodes "Judgement Day" as Rosemary Furman (2000), "Left For Dead" as Lynne Fox (2008) and "Schooled in Murder" as Sylvia Mountford (2013)
- Foyle's War – "The White Feather" episode as Margaret Ellis (2002)
- French and Saunders – several episodes (1998 and 2004)
- Born and Bred – Phyllis Woolf (2002–2005)
- Jam and Jerusalem (2006–2009) – Eileen
- New Tricks – "Dockers" episode as Rose Dyer (2006)
- Sensitive Skin as Veronica
- My Family as Mrs Philbin (2008)
- Lark Rise to Candleford (2009)
- Whites (2010)
- 32 Brinkburn Street (2011) – Elizabeth
- Stella (2012) – Meg
- Chewing Gum (2015–2017) – Esther
- EastEnders (2017–2018) – Joyce Murray
- The Heiress – as Aunt Lavinia (National Theatre) (2000)
- The Importance of Being Earnest – as Lady Bracknell (2005)
- Relative Values – as the Countess of Marshwood (Salisbury Playhouse production) (2005)
- The History Boys – replaced Frances de la Tour as Mrs. Lintott (National Theatre) (2006)
- Noises Off – as Dotty Otley (UK Touring Production) (2008)
- Hay Fever – as Judith Bliss (West Yorkshire Playhouse) (2010)
- The Independent, 22 March 2000
- Metro.co.uk, Duncan Lindsay for (2 April 2017). "EastEnders casts a new couple carrying secrets from the past". Metro. Retrieved 30 May 2017.