Lynda Bellingham

Biography: Lynda Bellingham was born in Montreal because her father working for the British airline then known as BOAC which became British Airways. She was brought up in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England and was educated at Aylesbury High School. On her website (www.lyndabellingham.com)she says that her first aspirations for acting started at school when she appeared as a slave in a production of Macbeth. Apparently the school never gave her the chance of a lead role and she played the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet or St. Joan's mother in St. Joan. But she says she showed them how good she was when she won a place at the prestigious drama school in London - the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she studied from 1966 to 1969 and she had a ball.

However, she got her big break as a nurse in a British ITV afternoon soap opera of the 1970s called General Hospital. Although in Britain her most famous role was in the 1980s as the head of the family in the Oxo television
Lynda Bellingham was born in Montreal because her father working for the British airline then known as BOAC which became British Airways. She was brought up in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England and was educated at Aylesbury High School. On her website (www.lyndabellingham.com)she says that her first aspirations for acting started at school when she appeared as a slave in a production of Macbeth. Apparently the school never gave her the chance of a lead role and she played the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet or St. Joan's mother in St. Joan. But she says she showed them how good she was when she won a place at the prestigious drama school in London - the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she studied from 1966 to 1969 and she had a ball.

However, she got her big break as a nurse in a British ITV afternoon soap opera of the 1970s called General Hospital. Although in Britain her most famous role was in the 1980s as the head of the family in the Oxo television commercials.

Nevertheless she has had other prominent roles which included the James Herriot drama All Creatures Great and Small (where she was the second actress to play Helen Herriot on television, replacing fellow Central student Carol Drinkwater. This was followed by the situation comedy Second Thoughts (which ran for 5 years)and its sequel, Faith in the Future, which ran for 3 years. She even starred in the 14-part Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord (1986) as the Inquisitor.

Lynda Bellingham has been married twice. Her first marriage was to producer Greg Smith. Her second marriage was to Nunzio Peluso (1981 - 1996), from whom she had an acrimonious divorce siting domestic violence as a cause of the breakdown and with whom she had two sons, now aged 23 and 20.

On 14th August 2007, she announced on her daytime programme, Loose Women, that she had accepted a proposal of marriage from her partner, mortgage broker, Michael Pattemore, to whom she has given the nickname Mr. Spain, because she met him when she went to Spain to buy a property!

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Strictly Come Dancing: Season 7 Sep 18, 2009 Series 7 - Celebrity Dancer tbd
tbd The Bill: Season 20 Jan 7, 2004 Irene Radford tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 7 Sep 1, 1990 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 6 Sep 2, 1989 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 5 Sep 3, 1988 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd
tbd Doctor Who (1963): Season 23 Sep 6, 1986 The Inquisitor tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 4 Dec 25, 1985 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 3 Dec 29, 1979 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 2 Sep 23, 1978 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd
tbd All Creatures Great and Small: Season 1 Jan 8, 1978 Helen Herriot (1988-1990) tbd