Victoria Wicks

Victoria Wicks (born Beverly Victoria Anne Wicks; 18 April 1959) is a British actress. She is known for her role as Sally Smedley in Channel 4's award-winning comedy series Drop the Dead Donkey (1990-1998). Her other television roles include Mrs. Gideon in The Mighty Boosh (2004), and the College Director in Skins (2007–08). Her film appearances include The Imitation Game (2014) and High-Rise (2015). She is an Associate of Howard Barker's theatre company, the Wrestling School.

Victoria Wicks
Beverly Victoria Anne Wicks

(1959-04-18) 18 April 1959
Peter Williams
(m. 1984; div. 2004)


Early life and education

Wicks was born Beverly Victoria Anne Wicks in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, to Brian and Judith Wicks. Wicks's mother, Judith Bates, born 1933, was the second child of the writer H.E. Bates. Wicks is the niece of Jonathan Bates, the award-winning Sound Editor who died in 2008, and the television producer, Richard Bates, who produced the television adaptation of The Darling Buds of May. Wicks is a director of Evensford Productions Ltd, the company set up in 1955 to protect and promote H.E. Bates's work.[1][2]

Wicks trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where she was awarded the Pernod and Bisquit Award for the most promising graduate.


Her first job was as Acting Assistant Stage Manager at Northampton Rep for a year, before going to Bristol Old Vic, Regent's Park and then the RSC. In 1986 Wicks was in Andy Hamilton's black comedy Tickets for the Titanic, and then went on to play Sally Smedley in all six series of Drop the Dead Donkey.[3] The Mighty Boosh, is an award-winning radio, television and stage show created by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Mrs Gideon was the Head of Reptiles at the Zooniverse in Series 1. Wicks also played Harriet Lawes, the Head of College in series 1, 2 and 3 of Skins.

Wicks joined the 'Wrestling School' in 1996. The company was formed in 1988 for the sole purpose of performing the work of the dramatist Howard Barker. Since joining the company Wicks has appeared in 9 plays by Barker, performing in London, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Adelaide and also in Rouen, Grenoble, Le Mans and Paris for the co-production of Les Animaux en Paradis, which was performed in French by 4 British and 5 French actors. Wicks is an Associate of the Wrestling School. In 2010 Wicks was invited to the Segal Theatre Center in New York as guest of Theatre Minima to celebrate a day-long event on the work of Howard Barker.[4]

Wicks played the hgh priestess of the Sybillines in The Fires of Pompeii, a 2008 episode of Doctor Who. In 2014, she played Dorothy Clarke in The Imitation Game and Susannah Marshall in the E4 drama Glue (2014).

Personal life

In 1984 Wicks married Peter Williams (divorced 2004); they have one daughter, Madelaine Rose, born 1985.


Work for Howard Barker

  • Concentration and Dying in the Street - Premiere readings of Screaming in Advance at The Print Room, London
  • Smack Me - Premiere reading at The Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
  • Actress With an Unloved Child - Premiere reading at Lewis Festival
  • I Saw Myself - Premiere reading Hampstead
  • The Fence in Its Thousandth Year - Algeria: London
  • Les Animaux en Paradis - Tenna: Théâtre des Deux Rives in Rouen, Paris, Grenoble, Le Mans.
  • 13 Objects - Cruel Cup, Kind Saucer, The Ring, Blue Shoe, The Drum: London
  • Gertrude the Cry - Gertrude: Elsinore Castle, Denmark and London
  • He Stumbled - Turner, The Queen: London.
  • The Ecstatic Bible - Mrs Golllancz: Adelaide Theatre Festival, Australia
  • Scenes From an Execution - Rivera: Barbican Theatre, London
  • Ursula; Fear of the Estuary - Mother Placida: London, Birmingham, Copenhagen
  • Uncle Vanya - Helena: London, Berlin, Stockholm
  • The Love of a Good Man - Mrs. Toynbee: BBC Radio Drama
  • A House of Correction - Lyndsey: BBC Radio Drama
  • Knowledge and a Girl - The Queen: BBC Radio Drama
  • The Swing at Night - Klatura: Marionette Theatre for PuppetBarge






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