Lynda La Plante
Pens "Above Suspicion" from her novel
Launches "Trial & Retribution"
Creates "Prime Suspect"
Breakout TV project with "Widows"
Television debut as an actress on "Coronation Street"
Among her fellow students at RADA were Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Ian McShane.
Several sources have different information for the year of La Plante's birth, which was brought to national attention when television personality Anne Robinson publicly questioned her age following La Plante's adoption of her son. The comment briefly put La Plante's application in jeopardy, for which she has never forgiven Robinson.
Her dedication to research has brought her to morgues to view autopsies, brothels and numerous prisons.
She is the first non-scientist to be inducted into the Forensic Science Society; the honorary award was based on the accuracy of the scientific writing in her work.
Her best-remembered television role as an actress was as a ghost with allergies in the children's series "Rentaghost."