July 22, 1964 in Doctor Who: Bonnie Langford (“Mel Bush”) is born

Bonnie Langford (born Bonita Melody Lysette Langford, 22 July 1964) is an English actress, dancer and entertainer. She came to prominence as a child star in the early 1970s before subsequently becoming well known for her role as Mel Bush, a companion of Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy‘s Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who in the mid 1980s. 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 several audio dramas.

Langford debuted in “Terror of the Vervoids”, one of the stories in The Trial of a Time Lord, and departing at the conclusion of Dragonfire.

Aged six years old, Langford won the talent show Opportunity Knocks. This led to early fame in the television series Just William (playing Violet Elizabeth Bott), the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury, the 1976 film Bugsy Malone, and the 1977 film Wombling Free. During this time, she was appearing as a regular on a children’s prime-time show made by Yorkshire Television called Junior Showtime, along with child stars Lena Zavaroni, Neil Reed and Glynn Poole among others. Langford appeared as Scarlett O’Hara’s daughter in the London production of Scarlett (1972)

She has since appeared on stage in various musicals in the West End and on Broadway; shows such as Peter Pan, Cats, The Pirates of Penzance and Chicago, and is now a regular in EastEnders. [Wikipedia] [tardis.wikia.com]

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