Stephanie Beacham (born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, 28 February 1947) is an English television, radio, film and theatre actress. Her career began in modelling before she moved into television with roles in series such as The Saint, Callan, and alien invasion cult classic UFO. Her early film roles included The Ballad of Tam Lin (aka The Devil’s Widow), directed by Roddy McDowall.
Other horror roles:
In Michael Winner’s SM-tinged The Nightcomers (1971), a bizarre ‘prequel’ to the events that occurred in Henry James’ novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’, she starred opposite Marlon Brando. Beacham appeared nude in one scene, during the filming of which Brando apparently wore Y-fronts and wellington boots under the bed clothes to ensure Winner did not film anything lower than was necessary.
Horror would be a genre that Stephanie Beacham appeared often in during the 1970s, and she was subsequently cast as Jessica Van Helsing in Hammer’s Dracula A.D. 1972 alongside genre icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Stephanie’s other horror film appearances are in Amicus period piece –And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973), Pete Walker’s House of Mortal Sin (aka The Confessional Murders, 1975), Schizo (1976) and Norman J. Warren’s Inseminoid (aka Horror Planet, 1981),
She was featured in the Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense episode ‘A Distant Scream‘ in 1984 before achieving worldwide fame in TV soaps such as The Colbys and Dynasty.
In 2000, she appeared in supernatural fantasy Charmed TV episode “Reckless Abandon”.