Appeared on the cover of the album "Rank" (1988) by the British alternative band The Smiths. The image originally appeared in the book "Birds of Britain".
Later in life, she became president of her local branch of the RSPCA, and founded the Alexandra Bastedo Champions (ABC) Animal Sanctuary in West Sussex.
Attended the Brighton School of Drama.
She has two younger siblings, Penelope and Lindsay born in Sussex in 1948 and 1950.
Her childhood ambition was to become a vet. At age 16, she entered a "teenage diplomat" competition organized by a newspaper, beating 4,000 finalists to win a role in a comedy thriller, 13 Frightened Girls! (1963).