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Annette Badland
Annete Badland as Mrs Tapioca

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Date of Birth


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Edgbaston, Birmingham


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Mrs Maria Tapioca

Annette Badland (born 1950 in Edgbaston, Birmingham) is an English actress best known for her work in children's television. She Plays Mrs Maria Tapioca in The Worst Witch TV Series.


Her training took place at East 15 Acting School, London. She has appeared in many television roles including Bergerac (1981–1984), 2point4children, Jackanory, The Demon Headmaster, The Worst Witch, The Queen's Nose and Coronation Street, as well as an early appearance in series one of the Hale & Pace show in a number of sketches. She played the recurring villain Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen a.k.a "Margaret Blaine" in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. In 2006 she put in an appearance at Larkhall Prison for the eighth series of ITV1 drama Bad Girls. She played Angela Robbins, a disturbing inmate who was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder.

She has also appeared in many films including Jabberwocky (1977), Little Voice (1998) and most recently Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Badland has performed in several radio dramas including BBC Radio 4's Rolling Home (2001), Smelling of Roses (2003) and an adaptation of George MacDonald's novel At the Back of the North Wind. In 2005 she took the role of Hazel Woolley, the "bad seed" adopted daughter of Jack Woolley in the long running radio soap opera The Archers, and in 2008 appeared in the radio serial The Way We Live Right Now as Tilly Carbury. She also provides commentary on the Doctor Who Complete Series One Box Set, on the episodes World War Three and Boom Town. In 2009 she appeared in Casulty as a disturbed mother who was always worrying about her daughters.

Badland was also the presenter of BBCs You and Me in the early 1990s.

Badland was also in the British comedy Three and Out released on 25 April 2008.

Badland played sharply conservative Ethel Tonks in the BBC's All the Small Things (TV series)|All the Small Things (April/May 2009) alongside Sarah Lancashire, Neil Pearson, Sarah Alexander and Bryan Dick.

She has also recently made her debut at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester, as Madame Arcarti in Blithe Spirit.

As of 2010, Badland is performing in Caryl Churchill's Far Away (Play)|Far Away at the Bristol Old Vic.

On 5th July 2010 she appeared as a Verger in Doctors.

In the CBBC hit show The Sparticle Mystery, Badland played Dooms Day Dora. She appeared in 4 episodes which were:

Episode 3: The Message (First aired 16 February 2011) Episode 4: The Quest (First aired 17 February 2011) Episode 5: The Funfair (First aired 21 February 2011) Episode 13: The Sparticle Project (First aired 6 March 2011)

External links

Annette Badland on IMDB-

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