Virginia Lake

Wanda Ventham


Born in Brighton in August 5, 1935.
Studied at the Central School of Drama.
Became a professional actress in 1958.
Has a daughter and is the mother of actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Wanda made a brief guest appearance in the first UFO episode Identified. After a break in production after the 17th episode, George Sewell was unable to return as Alec Freeman, so Ed Bishop suggested bringing Wanda back to replace his character.

Film Credits

  • The Blood Beast Terror (aka The Vampire Beast Craves Blood)(1967, Clare Mallinger, small part)
  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (aka Kronos)(1974, Lady Durward, small part)
  • Carry On Up the Kyber (1968, Wife #1)
  • Cracksman, The (1963, Sandra)
  • The Knack...And How to Get It (aka The Knack) (1965, Gym Mistress)
  • Love is a Woman (aka Death is a Woman) (1967, Priscilla)
  • Mister Ten-Percent (1967, Kathy, sister of theatre owner)
  • The Navy Lark (1959, Mabel)
  • Sappho Darling (70s)
  • The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966, Mrs. Winters, only has one scene)
  • Teenage Bad Girl (aka Bad Girl) (British title: My Teenage Daughter)(1956, Gina)

TV Credits

  • All Creatures Great and Small (1987)
  • The Brack Report
  • The Caesars
  • Capstick's Law (1988)
  • The Champions (1967)
  • City 68
  • Crown Court
  • Danger Man (1964, "A Man To Be Trusted", Stella Dorset
    1965, "The Mirror's New", Penny)
  • Department S (1969, "The Man from X", Leila)
  • Don't Wait Up
  • Dr. Who (1977, "Image of the Fendahl", Thea Ransome)
  • Dr. Who (1967, "The Faceless Ones", Jean Rock)
  • Dr. Who (1987, "Time and the Rani", Faroon)
  • Enter Baron (1964)
  • Executive Stress (199?, main character's best friend, recurring role)
  • The Expert
  • Fallen Hero
  • Family at War
  • The Gentle Touch
  • Lost Empires
  • The Lotus Eaters (1971, Anne Sheppard)
  • Just a Gigolo (1993?, the older woman)
  • Minder ("Dreamhouse", Beryl)
  • Next of Kin (1995-1996, Rosie, recurring)
  • No Place Like Home
  • Only Fools and Horses (1988, Rodney's Mother-in-Law)
  • Only When I Laugh
  • The Prisoner (1967, "It's Your Funeral", Computer Attendant)
  • Riviera Police (1965, "The Lucky One Was the Snake", Marguerite)
  • The Saint (1964, "The Death Penalty", Laura Stride)
  • The Saint ("Escape Route")
  • The Sweeny (1975, "Abduction", Brenda)
  • The Troubleshooters
  • UFO (1969, Col. Virginia Lake, recurring/major role)
  • Union Castle
  • The Wednesday Special: Breakdown (1976, Sylvia)
  • What's My Line? (a panelist on the game show, 1988)

Theater Credits

  • Out of Order (1991)

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