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

Maggie Steed
Margaret Baker

(1946-12-01) 1 December 1946 (age 72)
Plymouth, Devon, England


After studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, Steed left the theatre for several[quantify] years.[citation needed] 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."[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In April 2017, it was announced that Steed would be joining the cast of EastEnders as Joyce Murray.[2] It was announced in March 2018 that Steed had been written out of the show and subsequently would be killed off.

Political activismEdit

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.[citation needed]

Steed visited Nicaragua in 1982 with Andy de la Tour.[citation needed]


Year Title Role
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
Growing Rich Raelene
1993 Olly's Prison Ellen
1999 Simon Magus Muttchen
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
Alpha: Omega Dee
2014 Pudsey the Dog: The Movie Mrs. Willoughby
2016 Florence Foster Jenkins Mrs. O'Flaherty
Juliet Remembered Juliet
A Cure for Wellness Mrs. Abramov
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Vivian's Grandmother
Paddington 2 Mrs Gertrude Biggleswade
2019 Fisherman's Friends Maggie




  1. ^ The Independent, 22 March 2000
  2. ^, Duncan Lindsay for (2 April 2017). "EastEnders casts a new couple carrying secrets from the past". Metro. Retrieved 30 May 2017.

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