Stephanie Bidmead

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

Stephanie Bidmead
Born(1929-01-29)29 January 1929
Died22 September 1974(1974-09-22) (aged 45)
Notable work
Maaga in Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (1965)
Spouse(s)Henry Bardon
Children2 sons

Early lifeEdit

She was born in Kidderminster. She attended Kidderminster High School for Girls, a girls' grammar school, now part of King Charles I School since 1977.


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]

Personal lifeEdit

She had two sons with Moravian theater designer Henry Bardon. She was diagnosed with anterior horn cell myelitis 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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