Born 1946 in Hove, England, British actress Alexandra Bastedo made her film debut as one of the title characters in 13 Frightened Girls (1963). She received notice on the European continent, earning her the nickname, “La Bastedo”.
Bastedo was most familiar to viewers of 1960s TV, and best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s.
Bastedo was also known for her multilingual skills, speaking Italian, Spanish, French and German. This skill brought her to the attention of 10 Downing Street to assist with translations and landed her the role of co-presenter of Miss World competitions with Peter Marshall in the 1980s.
Bastedo was a vegetarian and animal welfare advocate, and authored a number of books on both subjects. She died from cancer in 2014 aged 67 in hospital in Worthing, England.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Alexandra Bastedo in the 1960s and ’70s.