Alexandra Bastedo

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Alexandra Bastedo
Born(1946-03-09) 9 March 1946 (age 66)
Hove, Sussex, England
OccupationActress and writer.
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Patrick Garland
 
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Alexandra Bastedo
Born(1946-03-09) 9 March 1946 (age 66)
Hove, Sussex, England
OccupationActress and writer.
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Patrick Garland

Alexandra Bastedo (born 9 March 1946) is a British actress, best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and '70s.[1]

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Professional life

Bastedo was born in Hove, Sussex, England. According to her official website, her mother was of French, German and Italian descent. Her Canadian-born father was of Spanish, Dutch, Scottish and native Indian extraction. She attended Brighton and Hove High School and [Brighton] School of Drama. In 1980 Alexandra married Patrick Garland, an actor and the longest serving director of the Chichester Festival Theatre.[2]

Bastedo gained fame on the European continent, earning her the nickname, "La Bastedo". Although most familiar to viewers of 1960s TV, she was also famous for her multilingual skills, speaking Italian, Spanish, French and German. This skill brought her to the door of 10 Downing Street to assist with translations and landed her the role of co-presenter of Miss World competitions with Peter Marshall in the 1980s. In the early 1990s she appeared in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous playing a 1960s model associate of Edina and Patsy. In 1991 she appeared in a notable production of the psychological thriller Dangerous Obsession by N. J. Crisp, opposite Marc Sinden and John Challis, at the Mill at Sonning.

Personal life

In an interview on the BBC television series Where Are They Now? Bastedo provided a glimpse into her private life. She used to be the president of her local RSPCA branch, but gave up her position[3] in 2008 so she could dedicate more time to her own fast-growing animal sanctuary at her home in West Chiltington, West Sussex.[4][5] A journalist, who interviewed her husband in 2010, described their domestic surroundings:

[W]e sit in his Sussex garden looking towards a small lake with a jetty and a battered rowing boat – a perfect pastoral scene which could be a stage set. He lives with his wife, the actress Alexandra Bastedo, who remains startlingly beautiful, a couple of Dobermans, some territorial cats, and a menagerie of horses, donkeys, pigs and goats – Bastedo runs an animal sanctuary. Garland's domain is largely inside the house where he closes doors to keep animals out of rooms lined with 12,000 books.[6]

Bastedo has written a memoir, Beware Dobermanns, Donkeys and Ducks, as well as several books on caring for cats and dogs.

Later work

In 2006 Bastedo was reunited for the first time with her co-stars from The Champions to provide commentaries and an interview for a DVD release of the show. Still working as an actress, she appeared in Batman Begins, and touring theatres in 2006 with a production of Beyond Reasonable Doubt alongside Leslie Grantham and Simon Ward. In 2008 she joined the cast of EastEnders playing "Cynthia".[7][8] In January 2008 she appeared as co-presenter (with Ed Stewart) of "The Magic of Mantovani" at Lighthouse, Poole. The success of this concert led, the following year, to a second concert at Lighthouse in Poole, with the Mantovani Orchestra, which she again co-presented.

Cancer

Bastedo is a breast cancer survivor. Her younger brother, Lindsay, died following a long battle with cancer.

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