Maggie Steed

Maggie Steed (born Margaret Baker; 1 December 1946) is an English actress and comedian.

Maggie Steed
Margaret Baker

(1946-12-01) 1 December 1946
Plymouth, Devon, England
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1970–present


After studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, Steed left the theatre for several years. She stated: "Actresses in those days had to be "dolly birds" and I was just Margaret Baker from Plymouth, tall with very gappy teeth, so I became a secretary instead. It was only years later, when I'd grown up politically and become interested in theatre, that I started again and ended up at the Coventry Belgrade Theatre with Clive Russell and Sue Johnston."[1]

Maggie Steed has worked on the stage, and has performed with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company and as a comedian. Her first major television role was playing Rita Moon in the series Shine on Harvey Moon. She played Margaret Crabbe in Pie in the Sky and Phyllis Woolf in Born and Bred. Her television credits include appearances on Fox, Minder, Sensitive Skin and Jam and Jerusalem.

In 2008 Steed appeared on tour in Michael Frayn's comedy Noises Off as Mrs Clackett, produced by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which included the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. The cast included Sophie Bould, Colin Baker and Jonathan Coy. In 2010 she appeared in the short film The Miserables, and the following year onstage in a comedy duo role with actress Jackie Clune in a production of The Belle's Stratagem.

In April 2017, it was announced that Steed would be joining the cast of EastEnders as Joyce Murray.[2] It was announced in March 2018 that Steed had been written out of the show and subsequently would be killed off.

Political activism

Steed was a member of The Campaign Against Racism in the Media, appearing in an edition of the BBC's Open Door series on 1 March 1979 (with Stuart Hall), to criticise British TV representations of immigration and racial stereotypes. She helped write and perform in the comedy benefit concert An Evening for Nicaragua, at the Shaftesbury Theatre, which aired on British television in 1983. The cast included Ben Elton, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Emma Thompson and Rik Mayall.

Steed visited Nicaragua in 1982 with Andy de la Tour.


Year Title Role
1980BabylonWoman at Lockup
1981The History ManMyra Beamish
1987Intimate ContactBecca Crichton
1990Blood Rights Tess Barker
1992Clothes in the WardrobeMrs. Raffald
Growing RichRaelene
1993Olly's PrisonEllen
1999Simon MagusMuttchen
2000StardomBritish Fashion Reporter
2004Lawrence of Arabia CloseDoris
2006The Painted VeilMrs Garstin
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusLouis Vuitton Woman
2010The MiserablesEvelyn Pickleton
2013A PromiseFrau Hermann
Alpha: OmegaDee
2014Pudsey the Dog: The MovieMrs Willoughby
2016Florence Foster JenkinsMrs O'Flaherty
Juliet RememberedJuliet
A Cure for WellnessMrs Abramov
2017Transformers: The Last KnightVivian's Grandmother
Paddington 2Mrs Gertrude Biggleswade
2019Fisherman's FriendsMaggie




  1. The Independent, 22 March 2000
  2., Duncan Lindsay for (2 April 2017). "EastEnders casts a new couple carrying secrets from the past". Metro. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
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