Wendy Padbury

Wendy Padbury


12/7/1947, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK

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Wendy Padbury came to prominence as an actor in 1966, when she joined the cast of the long-running ATV soap opera Crossroads. She played the role of Stephanie "Stevie" Harris, foster daughter to the show's main character, Meg Mortimer (Noele Gordon). She was cast as the Second Doctor's…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Although Wendy Padbury has given up stage and screen acting, she still engages in voice acting for audio books and linking narration for DVD, mostly within the Doctor Who genre but also on some non-related projects.

    • Wendy Padbury authored a story for Missing Pieces, an anthology written to benefit a SIDS charity.

    • Wendy Padbury won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet and first appeared in a production of The King and I as one of the Kings children in 1962.

    • Wendy Padbury's least favourite memory of Doctor Who was filming an episode of The War Games on a Brighton rubbish tip surrounded by huge rats and freezing in her revealing outfit.

    • Wendy Padbury turned down a role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to play Zoe in Doctor Who.

    • Wendy Padbury featured on two sets of commemorative stamps released by the Royal Mail in 2004, for the Doctor Who episode The Invasion and the 'Troughton Trio' of Wendy Padbury, Anneke Wills and Deborah Watling.

    • Wendy Padbury made her TV debut on the BBC arts programme Monitor, whilst she was still in drama school.

    • Wendy Padbury told a convention audience that once after a day of signing autographs when it came time to check out of her hotel, she signed her bill with 'Love, Wendy Padbury' and a kiss.

    • Wendy Padbury took her daughter to her first-ever Doctor Who convention in Australia in 2003.

    • Before moving into acting full time Wendy Padbury was a successful swimwear model.

    • Wendy Padbury earned herself the somewhat predictable nickname of 'Padders' from her Doctor Who co-stars Frazer Hines and Patrick Troughton.

    • Wendy Padbury was on holiday during the filming of The Invasion so her character does not appear in part four, the only section she had not pre-recorded.

    • Wendy Padbury credits being born in Stratford-upon-Avon as the reason she was bitten by the acting bug early. As a child she used to stand at the back of the theatre and watch the plays.

    • Wendy Padbury has the singular distinction of having portrayed an entirely different companion when she played Jenny to Trevor Martin's Doctor in the 1974 Adelphi Theatre production of Seven Keys to Doomsday.

    • Wendy Padbury attended as a guest of honour at United Fan Con 2007, the first time she has attended a Science Fiction convention in over a decade.

    • Wendy Padbury left acting in the early 1990's to become a theatrical agent, she has former Dr Who actors Colin Baker & Nicholas Courtney on her books.

  • Quotes

    • Wendy Padbury: The only thing that would get me back to acting would be Doctor Who. I have no interest in doing anything else.

    • Wendy Padbury: People still come up to me in shops saying they remember me from Doctor Who. I used to go to conventions where I'd never cease to be amazed by the fans' knowledge.

    • Wendy Padbury: I think the beauty of Doctor Who was the stories, the actual stories were amazing, amazingly well written.

    • Wendy Padbury: Changing career was a brave move at my age, particularly since I'd never done anything else. Now I go to the theatre to watch clients instead of performing myself.

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