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Lynda Bellingham
Born 31 May 1948 (1948-05-31) (age 61)
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Occupation Actress, television
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Greg Smith (divorced)
Nunzio Peloso (1981–96)
Michael Pattemore (2008–present)
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Lynda Bellingham (born Merideth Lee Hughes) (born 31 May 1948) is a Canadian-born English actress.



She was born to a single mother in Montreal and adopted by an English couple at the age of four months. She was brought up in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England and was educated at Aylesbury High School and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Twice in the 1960s she appeared in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival. She got her big break as a nurse in an ITV afternoon soap opera of the 1970s, General Hospital. She also went topless for her role in Confessions of a Driving Instructor.

She is best known as the head of the family in the Oxo television adverts during the 1980s. Other prominent roles included the James Herriot drama All Creatures Great and Small (where she was the second actress to play Helen Herriot on television, replacing Carol Drinkwater) and the situation comedy Second Thoughts and its sequel, Faith in the Future.

She starred in the 14-part Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord (1986) as the Inquisitor. Bellingham reprised the Inquisitor character for the Big Finish Productions audio series, Gallifrey. In 1998 she appeared in Gleb Panfilov's The Romanovs: A Crowned Family as Empress Alexandra.

From 2000 to 2003, Bellingham played Pauline Farnell, the compassionate accountant in At Home with the Braithwaites alongside Amanda Redman and former All Creatures Great and Small colleague Peter Davison. For several months in 2004, she had a recurring role in The Bill as villainess Irene Radford.

In 2007, Lynda joined the panel of chat show Loose Women. She also had a memorable role in the ITV comedy Bonkers playing Mrs. Wadlow, a man-eating suburban housewife who seduces her neighbour's teenage son and turns him into her gigolo. Later that year she filmed guest appearances in episodes of Love Soup and Robin Hood. Since the middle of the year, Lynda has been doing the voice-over on the Vodafone adverts with the slogan: Make the most of now.

In October 2007, she appeared in a play entitled Vincent River at the Trafalgar Studios in London. Her performance received critical acclaim, and it was announced on Loose Women in early 2008 that the play would be moving to Broadway in July of that year, although this never actually transpired.

From September 2008 she has been playing the role of Chris Harper in the stage version of Calendar Girls. She was recently one of the contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC ratings winner where she partnered Darren Bennett. She was voted out by the judges in the fourth week.

Personal life

Bellingham has been married three times, first in 1975 to film and theatre producer Greg Smith,[1] best remembered for the Confessions films. Her second marriage (1981 - 1996) was to Nunzio Peluso with whom she had two sons. On 14 August 2007, it was announced that Bellingham had accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Spanish-based mortgage broker Michael Pattemore. She married Pattemore (known on Loose Women as "Mr Spain") on 31 May 2008, her 60th birthday. On March 3rd 2010 on this morning she announced she would be returning to OXO.

Bellingham states that she doesn't have many passions, apart from reading and horses. She originally had horse-riding aspirations, but they were dashed by the onset of hayfever in her teens.


  1. ^ Simon Sheridan "Greg Smith: Producer of the 'Confessions' films", The Independent, 1 May 2009.

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