This blonde British character actress is perhaps best known to American audiences for her performances in two highly-praised British TV series. Steadman was the wife of Michael Gambon's "The Singing D...
Only Fools And Horses actors Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst were among the guests at the funeral of their co-star Roger Lloyd-Pack on Thursday (13Feb14). Lloyd-Pack, best known for his role as road sweeper Trigger in the British sitcom, died of pancreatic cancer last month (Jan14), aged 69.
His friends and family paid their last respects at a memorial service in London on Thursday, with guests including his former castmates Jason, Lyndhurst, Gwyneth Strong, who played Cassandra, John Challis, who played Boycie, and Sue Holderness, who played Marlene.
Actresses Miranda Richardson, Alison Steadman and Kathy Burke and former model Twiggy also joined the congregation, alongside Lloyd-Pack's daughter, A River Runs Through It star Emily Lloyd.
Lloyd-Pack's coffin arrived at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden in a gleaming pink hearse and his wicker coffin was adorned with flowers and his trademark trilby hat.
The actor - who played Trigger from 1981 to 2003 - was also known for portraying clueless farmer Owen Newitt in British comedy The Vicar Of Dibley, as well as his role in the Harry Potter franchise.
Former Dynasty star Stephanie Beacham is ditching her glamorous appearance in favour of grey hair for a new British sitcom about pensioners. Beacham, 66, who played sultry Sable Colby in the popular U.S. soap opera, will join British comedian Russ Abbot and actress Alison Steadman in new BBC comedy Grey Matters, which is set in Norfolk, England.
The show, which follows a group of old age pensioners (OAP) living in the countryside, began filming on Tuesday (24Sep13).
In a post on Twitter.com, Jimmy Mulville, of production company Hat Trick, writes, "Shooting a very funny pilot for BBC1 with a great cast including the peerless Russ Abbot, Alison Steadman and Stephanie Beacham."
The veteran star will appear opposite Alison Steadman and Brenda Blethyn in the film called King of the Teds, playing a former factory worker.
Jones previously enjoyed a brief cameo role in Tim Burton's 1996 comedy Mars Attacks!, playing himself.
King of the Teds will be shown on Britain's Sky Arts channel later this year (12) as part of a series called Playhouse Presents, which will also see film appearances from Harry Shearer, who will portray former U.S. President Richard Nixon, as well as British actors David Tennant and Richard E. Grant.
Cast in the HBO movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" starring Geoffrey Rush
Played Mrs. Bennett in the highly-praised BBC adapation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
British TV debut, "Hard Labour"
Worked as secretary for the Liverpool Probation Service
Cast as part of an ensemble in the UK comedy, "Confetti"
Acclaimed for her performance in the British stage and TV productions of "Abigail's Party", written and directed by Mike Leigh
London stage debut, "Wholesome Glory"
Stage debut, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln, UK
Starred in London stage revival of Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane"
Played the wife of Michael Gambon in the acclaimed British TV series, "The Singing Detective", written by Dennis Potter
Film debut, "Champions"
This blonde British character actress is perhaps best known to American audiences for her performances in two highly-praised British TV series. Steadman was the wife of Michael Gambon's "The Singing Detective" (1986) and portrayed the excitable Mrs. Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice" (1995).
A native of Liverpool, Steadman trained at the East 15 Acting School and made her stage debut alongside Vanessa Redgrave in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969). She went on to appear occasionally on the British stage, earning her best notices for then-husband Mike Leigh's "Abigail's Party" in 1977. (She reprised the role in a British TV production.) On the big screen, she was first seen in John Irvin's "Champions" (1984), a biopic of British jockey Bob Champion (John Hurt), played the mayor in Mike Figgis' moody "Stormy Monday" (1988) and was the heroine's fickle traveling companion in "Shirley Valentine" (1989). Her best screen role to date was as the wife and mother struggling to hold her family together in Leigh's comedy "Life Is Sweet" (1991), which earned her the National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award.
met c. 1996; live together
married Septemebr 15, 1973; separated in 1996
born c. 1981
born c. 1978
East 15 Acting School
Created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 1999