Tough at the top
Playing a ruthless businesswoman in ITV drama allowed Stephanie Beacham to glam up after two years in Tenko. Indeed, the actress had to put on the 20lbs she had lost for the Japanese POW series to fill out Connie’s 1980s power suits.
‘Connie is quite frightful, but I adore her,’ Stephanie told TV Times. ‘She is ambitious, vindictive and vicious.’ Connie only lasted for 13 episodes and Stephanie went on to play the equally stylish but vengeful Sable Colby in glossy American soap The Colbys.
With Ricardo Montalbán in The Colbys