Patricia Quinn

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Patricia Quinn

Patricia Quinn, aka Lady Stephens, is a Northern Irish actress and singer. She originated the role of Magenta (A Domestic) the original London Cast production of The Rocky Horror Show. She reprised her role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and appears as Nation McKinley in Shock Treatment.


Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 28,1944, Patricia Quinn moved to London at age 17 to attend The London Drama Centre, where she met her first husband, musician and actor Don Hawkins (who was also drummer in an early incarnation of The Moody Blues) in 1963. In 1971, she gave birth to their son, Quinn Hawkins, while in the midst of breaking into television in a variety of roles.

Quinn had been friendly with Richard O'Brien for around a year when she was asked to audition for the dual role of The Usherette/Magenta in the original London production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1973, after Marianne Faithful turned down the opportunity. Quinn became part of the original London Cast at the King’s Row Theater, and continued with the role when the show moved to the Chelsea Classic.

She was also was recruited to play Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, though was tempted to back out when she learned Richard O’Brien would be singing the opening number, which she herself sang on stage as the Usherette. Although she did not sing the opening track, it was her “lewd and lascivious” Lips seen mouthing the words to her signature song, "Science Fiction, Double Feature," in the movie’s opening sequence (though The Lips in the advertising campaign belong to another actress.)

Since Rocky Horror, Patricia Quinn has remained very active on both screen and stage. She has always been very proud of her association with Rocky Horror, and continues to attend many conventions, screenings and other public appearances.

In January 1995, Quinn married the actor Robert Stephens, who died in November that year. Because he had been knighted, Quinn became Lady Patricia Stephens. She is also the stepmother of actors Toby Stephens and Chris Larkin, sons from Robert’s previous marriage to Dame Maggie Smith.


2013: Yurei No Henka (Short) - Godmother (voice)
2012: The Lords of Salem - Megan
2011: Mary Horror - Madam Ruth
2010: Don't Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast
2010: Your Number's Up (Short)
2010: Tamara Drewe - Posh Hippy
1999: The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka or The Mystery of Chopin - George Sand
1995: England, My England - Elizabeth Purcell
1992: Screenplay (TV Series) - Margot
1991: The Bill (TV Series) - Susan White
1988: Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (TV Mini-Series documentary) - Bella Cohen
1988: Bergerac (TV Series) - Dolly Hayward
1987: Doctor Who (TV Series) - Belazs
1987: Fortunes of War (TV Mini-Series) - Mona Castlebar
1986: Lost Empires (TV Mini-Series) - Doris Tingley
1984: The Box of Delights (TV Series) - Sylvia Daisy Pouncer
1983: Good Behaviour (TV Series) - Rose
1983: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life - Mrs. Williams
1982: Minder (TV Series) - Monica
1981: Shock Treatment - Dr. Nation McKinley
1980: Hawk the Slayer - Woman, Sorceress
1980: Hammer House of Horror (TV Series) - Lucinda Jessop
1980: The Outsider - Siobhan
1980: Fox (TV Series) - Liz
1980: Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) - Phyl Tinker
1979: Premiere (TV Series) - Deirdre
1978: ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series) - Annette Vallo
1978: The Professionals (TV Series) - Isla
1977: A Christmas Carol (TV Movie) - Ghost of Christmas Past
1977: Leap in the Dark (TV Series) - Rosalind Toynbee
1976: Beauty and the Beast (TV Movie) - Susan
1976: Sebastiane - Emperor's guest (uncredited)
1976: I, Claudius (TV Mini-Series) - Livilla
1976: Well Anyway (TV Series) - Tessa
1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Magenta (A Domestic)
1975: The Love School (TV Series) - Lizzie Siddall
1974: Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Mini-Series) - Christabel Pankhurst
1973: Armchair Theatre (TV Series) – Maggie/bridesmaid
1973: Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall - 2nd Girl at Dance (as Pat Quinn)
1972: Rentadick - Chauffeuse
1972: The Fenn Street Gang (TV Series) - Rona
1972: ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) - Cynthia
1972: Villains (TV Series) - Dorothy
1972: Van der Valk (TV Series) - Yvonne
1972: The Alf Garnett Saga - 2nd Bird/ Jim's Girlfriend
1972: Up the Front - Her Maid (Magda)
1972: The Chastity Belt (aka Up the Chastity Belt) - Wife
1969: Parkin's Patch (TV Series) - Sylvia
1963: August for the People (TV Movie) – Finola

Stage Productions

2011: Thrill Me-The Leopold & Loeb Story – Parole Board Office (Tristan Bates Theatre)
2009: Til I Die – (Mother Old Red Lion Theatre)
2008: The Dreamers of Inishdara – Brooklechaun & Holy Joe Branigan (Jermyn Street Theatre)
2006: The Quentin Follies – Dorothy Parker (Charleston House)
2005: Wild Women (Charity Gala) – Dorothy Parker (Albany Theatre)
2004: Pat Quinn Saved My Life – Herself (Edenburgh Fringe and Hen & Chickens Theatre)
1998: The Talented Mr Ripley – Emily Greenleaf/Aunt Dottie (Palace Theatre)
1994: The Rocky Horror Show - Usherette/Magenta (UK Tour)
1993: The Real Inspector Hound – Cynthia (Palace Theatre)
1990: Another Love Story (Leichester Haymarket)
1985: Light up The Sky- Miss Lowell (Old Vic)
1983: Can't Pay Won't Pay – Antonia (Criterion Theatre)
1982: Aunt Mary – Alison (The Donmar Warehouse)
198?: A Small Family Business (Birmingham Rep)
198?: Women Beware Women – Livia (Birmingham Rep)
1978: Disaster – Martha Fortune (ICA)1988: A Bright Room Called Day (Bush Theatre)
1978: Bedroom Farce- Suzannah (Prince of Wales)
197?: Cool Million (Half Moon)
1975: Stripwell – Babs (the Royal Court)
1973: The Rocky Horror Show – Magenta (The Royal Court & Chelsea Classic)
1972: Sarah B. Divine – Sarah Bernhardt (Jean Cochrane Theater)
1972: The Threepenny Opera (Prince of Wales)
1971: AC/DC – Melody (Royal Court)
1971: Six months at the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre in various productions and roles

Convention Appearances

External Links

Patricia Quinn - Official Website [1]
Patricia Quinn at IMDb [2]