Sheila Steafel originally hailed from South Africa but realizing she couldn't be heard in England, came over to seek fame and fortune. Sure enough, a mere thirteen years later, during which time she made appearences at the Webber Douglas School, several Reps, Sainsburys filing department, Lyons Corner House Chocolate counter and The Kismet Club where she served curries wearing a sari. Sheila got her big break appearing as part of THE FROST REPORT team along with David Frost, John Cleese and The Two Ronnies. This led onto her working with most of the t.v stars of the 1960s. In her own right, her most memorable TV credits include THE GOOD OLD DAYS (notably as Popsie Wopsie), THE GHOSTS OF MOTLEY HALL (The White lady), Ivy Watkins (catchphrase "Yes Mr Cropper") in HOWS YOUR FATHER and NOT ONLY BUT ALSO with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
On stage, Sheila played opposite Sir Tom Courtenay in BILLY LIAR, Warren Mitchell in Larry Gelbhardts JUMP and Robert Morley in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. She was acclaimed for her performances as Harpo in A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE and as Mistress Quickly in the RSCs 1985 production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. So thrilled were they that a mere ten years later they invited Sheila back for a season, playing in Vanbrughs THE RELAPSE and Ben Johnsons THE DEVILS AN ASS. Sheila also ventured into opera singing as the witch in Humperdincks Hansel and Gretel, an experience she wouldn't want to forget, unlike the audience. More recently she played Meg in Pinters THE BIRTHDAY PARTY at The Bristol Old Vic and Rosie Bryce in Chichesters production of FUNNY GIRL, both to much acclaim.
Sheila Steafel was the first female to be invited to join the all male Radio 4 WEEK ENDING team, staying with the programme for the next seven years. Sheila has voiced several characters in cartoon series such as THE PERISHERS, SUPERTED and TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER.
In 1981 she put together her first one woman show STEAFEL SOLO for the 1981 Edinburgh festival. It transferred to the Kings Head, London for an extended run, since when under various titles it has toured the Uk and abroad. It now runs concurrently with Sheila's other shows, VICTORIA PLUMS and an autobiographical evening STEAFEL XPOSED.
Sheila is also a brilliant artist.
Sheila Steafel married Harry H Corbett (STEPTOE AND SON) in 1958 but was divorced in 1964.
In 2010 she published her autobiography, through Apex Publishing, called WHEN HARRY MET SHEILA.
In 2012 her second book, Bastards was published by Fantom Films.