Actress Alexandra Bastedo, founder of ABC Animal Sanctuary near Pulborough, dies

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Actress Alexandra Bastedo, best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died aged 67 following a long illness.

Mrs Bastedo, who had battled against cancer, had also starred on TV in Absolutely Fabulous, Boon and the Agatha Christie Hour.

Her striking beauty and talent on television, stage and film won her a legion of fans who paid tribute following her death yesterday.

In later life, animal rights supporter Mrs Bastedo founded the ABC Animal Sanctuary near Pulborough, which announced her death.


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The charity said on Twitter: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Alexandra Bastedo passed away this Sunday afternoon after a long illness aged 67.

"She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her, and by all the volunteers at the ABC Animal Sanctuary."

Mrs Bastedo had been married since 1980 to distinguished theatre producer and director, Patrick Garland, until his death following a long illness at the age of 78 in April last year.

The couple married at Chichester Cathedral, and after his death she paid tribute to him as a "wonderful man" who had staunchly supported her animal charity.

From a young age, Mrs Bastedo's love for animals shone through. She would spend her spare time as a child at her local vets helping to clean and look after animals.

She harboured ambitions to become a vet, but at the age of 16 she was discovered by Columbia Pictures and sent to Hollywood to make a horror film called The Candy Web.

Aged 20, following a number of TV shows, she won her big break starring in ITV's The Champions, which ran for a year from 1968 and "totally changed my life".

Mrs Bastedo once revealed: "As a result I made 12 Spanish, American and South American films and learnt to speak fluent Spanish as well as Italian and French.

"At one time I maintained apartments in Madrid, Toronto and London.

"Because of my languages I also presented Miss World with Peter Marshall and was invited to 10 Downing Street to talk to the Italian (prime minister Amintore) Fanfani and his ministers who were in England on a trade mission.

"I once worked out that I was on an airplane once every 10 days.

"Eventually I had enough of my nomadic existence, returned to live full-time in England and married Patrick Garland, the artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre, considered to be the third most important theatre in England."

The couple moved to Chichester and bought a 16th century farmhouse set within three acres, enabling Mrs Bastedo to fulfil her dream of rescuing animals.

She continued to act in plays at Chichester, helped Garland with his charity work and raised money for the smaller Minerva Theatre.

Tributes were paid by actress Liza Goddard. She wrote on Twitter: "My dear friend Alexandra Bastedo died today. A beautiful person who will be greatly missed."

Actor Peter Egan, also a supporter of the ABC Animal Sanctuary, wrote: "Deeply sad. Our dear friend Alexandra Bastedo lost her battle with cancer at 4pm today. A beautiful woman and Animal Champion."

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9:15am Mon 13 Jan 14

Juleyanne says...

Alexandra Bastedo was beautiful in many ways especially where animal welfare was concerned. This talented actress proves that when you are given beauty, talent and privilege it can be used for good. Alexandra was truly an angel in many ways and I pray her good work with rescue animals continues
as a testimony of her life.
Alexandra Bastedo was beautiful in many ways especially where animal welfare was concerned. This talented actress proves that when you are given beauty, talent and privilege it can be used for good. Alexandra was truly an angel in many ways and I pray her good work with rescue animals continues as a testimony of her life. Juleyanne

9:35am Mon 13 Jan 14

ejoiner says...

My first crush. I was 10 and she was about 16 and lived just along the road in Hove (her younger brother was a few years above me at school). So sad she has died so young.
My first crush. I was 10 and she was about 16 and lived just along the road in Hove (her younger brother was a few years above me at school). So sad she has died so young. ejoiner

9:39am Mon 13 Jan 14

ejoiner says...

I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?
I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo? ejoiner

9:39am Mon 13 Jan 14

Richada says...

A very sad loss in our current day and age of shallow "celebrity".
A very sad loss in our current day and age of shallow "celebrity". Richada

9:52am Mon 13 Jan 14

Number Six says...

A very classy and very sexy lady. As a teenage lad I was an avid fan of "The Champions" which had nothing to do with Stuart Damon or William Gaunt. Sorry lads

RIP Alexandra
A very classy and very sexy lady. As a teenage lad I was an avid fan of "The Champions" which had nothing to do with Stuart Damon or William Gaunt. Sorry lads RIP Alexandra Number Six

10:20am Mon 13 Jan 14

qm says...

ejoiner wrote:
I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?
Quite correct! A beautiful lady, a beautiful soul, graceful elegant and smart!
She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched. R.I.P.
[quote][p][bold]ejoiner[/bold] wrote: I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?[/p][/quote]Quite correct! A beautiful lady, a beautiful soul, graceful elegant and smart! She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched. R.I.P. qm

11:16am Mon 13 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

So sad to learn someone so good has died so young, RIP.

Legally females can retain their maiden name and become Mrs ----------- whatever their maiden name was, especially if they are famous and want to retain their "famous" surname.
So sad to learn someone so good has died so young, RIP. Legally females can retain their maiden name and become Mrs ----------- whatever their maiden name was, especially if they are famous and want to retain their "famous" surname. getThisCoalitionOut

12:51pm Mon 13 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Such a sad loss.As she was indeed a"champion"to the Animal Kingdom,she will be missed by Man and Beast equally.Lets hope her legacy lives on and inspires others to love and cherish ALL Gods creatures,RIP.
Such a sad loss.As she was indeed a"champion"to the Animal Kingdom,she will be missed by Man and Beast equally.Lets hope her legacy lives on and inspires others to love and cherish ALL Gods creatures,RIP. tykemison

12:58pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Scorpio50 says...

This is very sad news indeed. I was only watching 'Randall & Hopkirk Deceased' the other day and she appeared in one episode. I thought she was a very beautiful woman.
I hope her Animal Charity continues and may she Rest in Peace along with her husband.
This is very sad news indeed. I was only watching 'Randall & Hopkirk Deceased' the other day and she appeared in one episode. I thought she was a very beautiful woman. I hope her Animal Charity continues and may she Rest in Peace along with her husband. Scorpio50

6:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Athena says...

ejoiner wrote:
I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?
She was a famous actress as Alexandra Bastedo. You don't hear Angelina Jolie calling herself Angelie Voigt or Angelina Pitt, , do you?
[quote][p][bold]ejoiner[/bold] wrote: I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?[/p][/quote]She was a famous actress as Alexandra Bastedo. You don't hear Angelina Jolie calling herself Angelie Voigt or Angelina Pitt, , do you? Athena

6:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Athena says...

Athena wrote:
ejoiner wrote:
I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?
She was a famous actress as Alexandra Bastedo. You don't hear Angelina Jolie calling herself Angelie Voigt or Angelina Pitt, , do you?
*Angelina (not Angelie)
[quote][p][bold]Athena[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ejoiner[/bold] wrote: I believe she was Mrs Garland or Miss (Ms) Bastedo. Surely her mother was Mrs Bastedo?[/p][/quote]She was a famous actress as Alexandra Bastedo. You don't hear Angelina Jolie calling herself Angelie Voigt or Angelina Pitt, , do you?[/p][/quote]*Angelina (not Angelie) Athena

3:00am Tue 14 Jan 14

Jackie Collins says...

I remember Alexander Bastedo from my teenage years in Hove. I believe she was at the Brighton & Hove High School for Girls.
Such a caring person and a sad loss for her family and friends.
Aloha to you Alexander,
Jackie Collins Buck
Honolulu
I remember Alexander Bastedo from my teenage years in Hove. I believe she was at the Brighton & Hove High School for Girls. Such a caring person and a sad loss for her family and friends. Aloha to you Alexander, Jackie Collins Buck Honolulu Jackie Collins

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