Monday, 13 January 2014

Alexandra Bastedo

I just heard the sad news that Alexandra Bastedo, who was best known as an actress for her role as Sharon McCready in The Champions back in the 1960s, has died. She had cancer.
I loved The Champions when I was a kid. Craig Sterling was heroic, and Richard Barrett was brainy, but I wanted to be Sharon McCready, and have her super-powers. (That is, if I couldn't be Emma Peel!) She was elegant and clever, she had a sort of telepathy with the other two (it was never quite clear to me whether they just had very very good hearing, or whether they were speaking mind to mind) and she could throw bad guys across the room.
In real life, she spent many years running the ABC Animal Sanctuary.

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