Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Sladen

63 (passed away Apr. 19th, 2011)
Feb. 1st, 1948
Born in
Liverpool, England, UK
5' 4

Elisabeth Sladen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Doctor Who (UK) (2005) TV Show
Doctor Who (UK) (2005)
Doctor Who (UK) (1963) TV Show
Doctor Who (UK) (1963)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (UK) TV Show
The Sarah Jane Adventures (UK)
K-9 and Company (UK) TV Show
K-9 and Company (UK)
In Loving Memory (UK) TV Show
In Loving Memory (UK)
Hickory House (UK) TV Show
Hickory House (UK)
Men of the World (UK) TV Show
Men of the World (UK)
Take My Wife... (UK) TV Show
Take My Wife... (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen (born February 1, 1948) in Liverpool, England. She attended drama school for two years before joining the local repertory theatre in her home town of Liverpool. She met actor 'Brian Miller' during her first production there and they were later married after meeting again in Manchester, three years later in (1968 ~ 2011, her death). They also have a daughter, Sadie Miller (b. 1985).

Early television work included appearances on Coronation Street (1960), Doomwatch (1970), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Public Eye (1965) and Z Cars (1962). Between 1974 and 1976, she had a regular role on Doctor Who (1963) as Sarah Jane Smith, a part she has since reprised in K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981) (TV); Doctor Who (1963) The Five Doctors; the Doctor Who radio serials The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996); the Children In Need skit Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (1993) (TV); and the spin-off video drama Downtime (1995).

Following the successful revival of Doctor Who in 2005, Sladen guest starred as Sarah Jane in "School Reunion", an episode of the 2006 series, along with 'David Tennant' as the Tenth Doctor. She later returned to the show's fourth series in the concluding episodes "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" and was credited in the title sequence of both episodes. Her final appearance in Doctor Who was a scene in the concluding part of "The End of Time", Tennant's last episode as the Doctor. Just before her death, Sladen had also been interested in being involved in the Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Big Finish series.

Other work on television has included Stepping Stones (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Take My Wife... (1979), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982) (TV), Alice in Wonderland (1986) (TV) and Dempsey and Makepeace (1985). In 1980, Sladen appeared in the cinema film Silver Dream Racer (1980). Since the birth of her daughter Sadie in 1985, she has spent most of her time being a mother and housewife, but has made occasional television appearances, including in The Bill (1984) and Peak Practice (1993).

Fan reaction of her reappearance as Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who (2005) resulted in the production of a second Doctor Who spin-off just for her, The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007), which was made for a younger audience. Unfortunately, only three series of the popular show were made before Sladen's untimely death.

Sladen died of cancer early on (April 19, 2011). Her death was widely reported in the UK—on the BBC 1 Ten O'Clock News; as one of the rolling headlines of the BBC News channel for the day; featuring prominently on many commercial television news reports; on the front page of the Daily Mirror, The Sun and the Liverpool Echo; and in the obituary features of almost every UK newspaper. The First Episode of Sixth Season of Doctor Who, "The Impossible Astronaut", was aired on the following Saturday; opened with a screen dedicating the episode to her memory. Directly after, a special programme called My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen was aired on CBBC.

The Hand of Fear was also shown on BBC Four as a tribute. At the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, during the film clips of people who had died in the past year, Sladen was the final person to be shown. Singer-songwriter Talis Kimberley wrote a tribute song titled Goodnight, Sarah-Jane. Tom Baker paid tribute to Sladen on his official website.

  • Returned playing her Sarah Jane Smith character from the original _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) series (1963-1989) in the new _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) series on _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) {School Reunion (#2.3)}_, _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) {Stolen Earth (#4.12)}_ and _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) {Journey's End (#4.13)}_.
  • For her role in the new Doctor Who show as well as her appearance in The Five Doctors, she holds the unique position of having been the only companion to have met 6 of the Doctor's incarnations.
  • Along with 'Peter Davison (I)' (qv) and 'John Leeson' (qv), she is one of only three actors to play the same character (Sarah Jane Smith) in both _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) and _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv).
  • Has returned to playing the role of her _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) companion character, intrepid journalist "Sarah Jane Smith", in a series of brand new, original self-contained audio adventures on single CD in 2002 and again in 2006.
  • She starred in _K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981) (TV)_ (qv), the first television spin-off of _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), which featured Sarah Jane Smith as played by Sladen, and K-9 as voiced by 'John Leeson' (qv).
  • Along with 'John Leeson' (qv), she is one of only two actors to both appear on and play the same character (Sarah Jane Smith) in four different television productions based in the "Doctor Who" universe: _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), _K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981) (TV)_ (qv), _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) and _"The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007)_ (qv). She appeared with Leeson in all four.
  • One of 23 performers to have acted in both the original 20th century _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) television series and the 21st century _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) television series. The others are 'Roger Nott' (qv); 'David Warwick (II)' (qv); Christopher Ryan Damom Jeffrey 'William Thomas (I)' (qv); 'Nisha Nayar' (qv); 'Pauline Collins' (qv); Phlilip Mcgough 'John Leeson' (qv); 'Bella Emberg' (qv); 'Colin Spaull' (qv); 'Gabriel Woolf' (qv), 'Margaret John' (qv), 'Trevor Laird' (qv), 'Louis Mahoney' (qv), 'Geoffrey Palmer' (qv), Christopher Benjamin, Daphne Oxenford 'Clive Swift' (qv), 'Anne Reid' (qv), 'Jessica Martin (I)' (qv) and 'David Troughton' (qv).
  • Along with 'David Tennant (I)' (qv), 'John Leeson' (qv), 'Tommy Knight' (qv), 'Alexander Armstrong' (qv) and 'Lachele Carl' (qv), she is one of only six actors to play the same character (Sarah Jane Smith) in both _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) and _"The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007)_ (qv).

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