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Pamela Salem (born 22 January 1950) is a British film and television actress of Anglo-Indian descent. She was born in Bombay, India, and educated at Heidelberg University in Germany and later at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.[1][2] She is best known for appearing in Doctor Who twice, in the stories The Robots of Death in 1977, and Remembrance of the Daleks in 1988, plus the BBC One soap opera EastEnders for a few months in the late 1980s.

Pamela Salem
Born (1950-01-22) 22 January 1950 (age 69)
OccupationFilm, television actress
Known forDoctor Who (1977 & 1988)
Blake's 7 (1978)
Into the Labyrinth (1981-82)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Ever Decreasing Circles (1984)
Howards' Way (1986)
EastEnders (1988-89)
Spouse(s)Michael O'Hagan 1983–2017



She is best-remembered on television for her co-starring role in the early 1980s ITV children's fantasy series Into the Labyrinth as the evil witch Belor,[3] and her late 1980s guest role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as shady mafia affiliate Joanne Francis.[4] She has also been seen in two adventures of Doctor Who: as Toos in The Robots of Death (1977)[5] and as Professor Rachel Jensen in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988),[6] a role she reprised for Big Finish Productions' officially licensed audio drama spin-off series Counter Measures.[7] She was also heard as one of the many voices of Xoanon in The Face of Evil (1977).[8] She had auditioned for the role of the Fourth Doctor's companion Leela but the role went to Louise Jameson. Salem also had a recurring role in the British sitcom French Fields from 1989 to 1991.[9]

Other television guest appearances have included roles in popular British series such as Out of the Unknown, Blake's 7, The Onedin Line, The Professionals, Howards' Way, Ever Decreasing Circles, Tripods and All Creatures Great and Small, and later on in American series including Magnum, P.I., Party of Five, ER and The West Wing where she played a British prime minister.[1][10][11]


In film, she played the role of Miss Moneypenny in the 'unofficial' 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again, starring Sean Connery.[12] She also appeared in Michael Crichton's The First Great Train Robbery (1979, another film which starred Connery), as well as supporting roles in The Bitch (1979), Night Train to Murder (1983), After Darkness (1985), Thirteen at Dinner (1985), Salome (1986), God's Outlaw (1987), Succubus (1987), Gods and Monsters (1998), Quicksand (2002) and April's Shower (2003).[11] She can also be heard as the Queen in the English dub of "Hellsing Ultimate OVA IV" (2008).

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to the actor Michael O'Hagan until his death on 1 November 2017, and they lived in Surfside, FL.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Pamela Salem". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Alumni US - Central School of Speech and Drama, U. of London". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Little Gems - Into The Labyrinth". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  4. ^ Price, Annie (13 February 2015). "EastEnders 30th anniversary: A look back at Albert Square's most iconic characters". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - The Robots of Death - Details". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  6. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Remembrance of the Daleks - Details". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  7. ^ News, Doctor Who. "Big Finish: Counter-Measures". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  8. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - The Face of Evil - Details". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  9. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "French Fields - ITV Sitcom - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Pamela Salem". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Pamela Salem - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Interview with Pamela Salem". BBC. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2012.

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