Patricia Quinn

Last updated 09 January 2020

Patricia Quinn
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Patricia Quinn

Born: Sunday 28th May 1944 (age: 79)


Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens  is a Northern Irish actress best known for her role as Magenta in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). 

She appeared in the the 1987 Doctor Who serial Dragonfire

Quinn was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She began her career as a Playboy Bunny in London.

She has one son, Quinn Hawkins, from her first marriage to Don Hawkins.

In January 1995, Quinn married the ailing British actor Robert Stephens, whose wife she had played in the BBC serial, Fortunes of War (1987). She thus became stepmother to his two actor sons by his previous marriage (to Dame Maggie Smith), Toby Stephens and Chris Larkin. Quinn had also appeared alongside Stephens in the BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights (1984), in the role of Sylvia Daisy Pouncer. Robert Stephens died in November 1995. He had been knighted earlier that year, giving Quinn the title of Lady Stephens.

Quinn's nephews are Jonny Quinn and Bradley Quinn, drummer and photographer for Northern Irish band Snow Patrol respectively.

In 2000, Quinn recorded the song "Guts To Dream" with London-based band The Grand. The song was to be part of an EP titled Open Displays Of Affection, but the band dissolved and the EP was never released. Quinn gave a copy of the unreleased CD to the winner of the Magenta costume contest at the 25th Anniversary Convention inLas Vegas.

In 2002 she returned to Doctor Who, playing an alien queen in the audio play Bang-Bang-a-Boom!. In September 2006, she relaunched herself as a DJ and club kitten, hosting the monthly Club Myra night at various venues throughout central London. In April 2007, Quinn joined Patrick Wolf at his London concert, singing, "Accident and Emergency," with him as a finale of the show.

On 3 October 2008, Quinn made an appearance at the New York City cast's production of The Rocky Horror Show, participating in a question and answer session as well as unexpectedly performing the show's opening number, "Science Fiction/Double Feature".

Quinn attended the 4/7/11 Rocky Horror Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, doing many Q&A sessions as well as helping introduce the show performed at the House of Blues by an all-star shadowcast.

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