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Bonita Melody Lysette LangfordBorn: Wed 22nd July 1964 (age: 50)
Bonnie Langford is an English actress, dancer and entertainer. who became a companion of Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy's Doctor in the 1980's
Langford's first stage appearance was at four months and her first public appearance was at 15 months when she danced in specially made ballet shoes. She first came to public attention when, aged six years old, she won the talent show Opportunity Knocks. This led to early fame in the television series Just William, the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy, starring Angela Lansbury, the 1976 film Bugsy Malone and the 1977 film, Wombling Free.
Between 1986 and 1987 Langford played the role of Mel, companion to both the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. She returned to the role in 1993 for Dimensions in Time, a special charity Doctor Who/EastEnders crossover episode as part of the BBC's Children in Need. She has continued to reprise the role in audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions (eleven to date, including the episodes The One Doctor and The Fires of Vulcan).
Langford was a featured dancer in BBC One's popular light entertainment series The Hot Shoe Show which she co-presented with Wayne Sleep. On 23 October 2005, she performed in Children Will Listen, a 75th birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Langford is a panto regular. Recent credits include: Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (2005/2006) & 'Peter' in Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre in Surrey (2008/2009).
In 2006, Langford was a celebrity contestant in the first series of ITV's Dancing on Ice, partnering professional figure skater Matt Evers. She took part in the Dancing on Ice: The Tour in April and May 2008.
She returned to the West End theatre in April 2006 playing the murderess Roxie Hart in the long-running West End musical Chicago and again in Dec 2007-Feb 2008 in the same role, also in 2006-7 she appeared in the Birmingham and Plymouth tours of Guys and Dolls playing Miss Adelaide Adams, a dance hall hostess.
She has also made a number of guest appearances on television, including Agatha Christie's Marple on ITV (playing Betty Johnson alongside Brian Conley in the episode By the Pricking of My Thumbs, February 2006), The Catherine Tate Show (late 2006), Supermarket Sweep with Dale Winton (February 2007) and the children's programme Hider in the House (March 2007).