Stephanie Beacham portrayed Martha van Lewen in the season 2 episode "Reckless Abandon."


Born in Barnet, England on February 28, 1947 to her mother Joan, a housewife, and her father, an insurance executive and the managing director of the Grosvenor estate. Shortly after birth, she was diagnosed as being completely deaf in her right ear, as her mother had contracted chickenpox during her pregnancy. She has about 75% of normal hearing capacity in her left ear. After leaving St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School, Stephanie travelled to Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, France to study mime with Étienne Decroux, before attending Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her initial goal was to teach dance movement to deaf children, but she began a career in modelling, and was then cast for several parts in films.

After many appearances in television series such as The Saint and Jason King, Stephanie's first major film role was opposite Marlon Brando in 1971's The Nightcomers directed by Michael Winner. She starred in several films and television series thereafter then in 1988, she was invited to reprise the role of Sable on Dynasty, playing opposite Joan Collins in a season-long "battle of the bitches". Dynasty was experiencing declining ratings at the time and this proved to be its final season. After she returned to England and starred in several series and films abroad.

Reuniting with Dynasty producer Aaron Spelling, she also had a recurring guest role in the popular teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210', playing Iris McKay, the estranged mother of Luke Perry's character. She eventually appeared in at least four different television series produced by Spelling, including The Colbys, The Love Boat, Burke's Law, and Charmed.

Also in the nineties, she played Dr. Kristin Westphalen in sci-fi TV series SeaQuest DSV and returned to British screens five years ago playing Phyl Oswyn in prison drama Bad Girls. Last year, Stephanie was teamed with Vincent Simone on Strictly Come Dancing, but was eliminated in the first round.

Since then she appeared on Coronation Street, UK's Celebrity Big Brother and Casualty.

She now lives in Malibu, California but also has homes in London and Morocco.


  • The Queen's Traitor
  • The Saint
  • The Jazz Age
  • Armchair Theatre
  • Public Eye
  • Callan
  • The Games
  • Sentimental Education
  • UFO
  • Tam-Lin
  • ITV Saturday Night Theatre
  • The Nightcomers
  • The Aries Computer
  • Jason King
  • Dracula AD 1972
  • Man at the Top
  • The Adventurer
  • Si può essere più bastardi dell'ispettore Cliff?
  • The Protectors
  • And Now the Screaming Starts!
  • Special Branch
  • Blossom
  • Burke's Law
  • seaQuest DSV
  • A Change of Place
  • Legend
  • No Bananas
  • Wedding Bell Blues
  • Charmed
  • Relative Values
  • Having It Off
  • Unconditional Love
  • The Witches Hammer
  • Seven Days of Grace
  • Love and Other Disasters
  • Bad Girls
  • New Tricks
  • Plot 7
  • Free Agents
  • Coronation Street
  • Celebrity Big Brother
  • Material Girl
  • Casualty


  • She is the mother of two girls, one of them being named Phoebe like Phoebe Halliwell .