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Stephanie Beacham's Biography

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Stephanie Beacham was born on 28 February 1947 in Casablanca, Morocco, but grew up in Hertfordshire, England.

In 1964, Stephanie Beacham studied mime with Etienne Decroux in Paris and she then returned to England and studied at RADA 1965 from 1967.

Her acting career kicked off with numerous roles on stage, including Harold Pinter's The Basement and Tea Party.

Her early films included Michael Winner's The Nightcomers, where she played the nursemaid, Miss Jessel, the lover of Marlon Brando's character Peter Quint, the butler.

An important early TV role for Stephanie Beacham was as Rose in Tenko.

In the article she wrote for Hello about her life, Stephanie Beacham stated about her fellow Tenko cast:

" ... four of us sealed a friendship which is still strong today. My Tenko friends are Louise Jameson, Veronica Roberts and Stephanie Cole."

A couple of Beacham's major roles came in the USA. She was cast as Sable Scott Colby in the Dynasty spin-off The Colbys.

She recorded two episodes on Dynasty before starting The Colbys, and when The Colbys finished and after a significant break, Stephanie Beacham was invited to return to Dynasty, where her bitchy character Sable and Joan Collins's bitchy character Alexis were cousins.

Beacham once said of Joan Collins:

"Joan Collins is like the old children's nursery rhyme: 'When she is good, she is very, very good. And when she is bad, she is horrid.' I can't remember how the whole of it goes, but it defines her perfectly."

In Strictly Come Dancing series 6 Stephanie Beacham partnered Vincent Simone, however they were the second couple to exit the series.

Stephanie Beacham is a spokesperson for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

In January 2009, Stephanie Beacham joined Coronation Street as Martha, a love interest for Ken Barlow.

In 2010 Stephanie Beacham came fifth Celebrity Big Brother.

In 2016, Stephanie Beacham was cast as Princess Margaret in a new play A Princess Undone, written by Richard Stirling.

In 2018, she was one of the celebrities appearing on The Real Marigold Hotel.

In 2023, the BBC reported regarding a burglary at Stephanie Beacham's home: "Ms Beacham, who returned to Coronation Street as Martha Fraser last year, more than 12 years after last appearance on the ITV soap, described the raid as a "total violation of my privacy"."

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