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RealWorld
Lindsay Duncan
In the DWU
Main roles: Adelaide Brooke
Main jobs: Actor
Stories: TV: The Waters of Mars
Career highlights
Notable non-DWU work:
Shooting the Past
Under the Tuscan Sun
Mansfield Park
Oliver Twist
Spooks
Criminal Justice
Alice in Wonderland
Merlin
IMDb profile

Lindsay Duncan played Adelaide Brooke in the Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars. She is best known for her portrayal of Katherine in the film Under The Tuscan Sun. Weeks after her appearance in Doctor Who, she played Alice's mother in the billion-dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland. In 2014, she portrayed Lady Smallwood in the Sherlock episode "His Last Vow", written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran, produced by Sue Vertue and executive produced by Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Beryl Vertue.

She also contributed to the charity reference book Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who.

At the time of filming The Waters of Mars, Duncan was fifty-eight years old. As her character was identified by the BBC as the Doctor's companion, this made her the oldest actor to play a companion in the franchise's history. This distinction lasted a little over a month until her record was well-surpassed by eighty-year-old Bernard Cribbins in The End of Time.

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