Patricia Quinn

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Patricia Quinn

Pat addresses the fans at the Frankie Goes to Hollywood con in 2001 (Photo: Ruth Fink-Winter; Crazed Imaginations #71)
Role Magenta (A Domestic)
Born 28 May 1944 (1944-05-28) (age 74)
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Patricia Quinn is not only Magenta, her lips are the first thing viewers of the film see.

Audio Credits:

  • Open Displays of Affection (vocals, with band The Grand, recorded in 2000; unreleased)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film soundtrack)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (original London cast)
  • Shock Treatment (film soundtrack)

Theatre Credits:

  • AC/DC ("Melody," 1970, Royal Court)
  • A Bright Room Called Day (at the Bush)
  • Aunt Mary ("Alison," Donmar Warehouse, 1982)
  • Bedroom Farce ("Suzannah", Prince of Wales Theatre, 1978-79)
  • A Bright Room Called Day (Bush Theatre, 1988)
  • Can't Pay, Won't Pay ("Antonia," the Criterion, 1983)
  • Cool Million (Half Moon Theatre)
  • Disaster ("Martha Fortune," ICA, 1978)
  • Dogg's Hamlet ("Mrs. Dogg Gertrude," Palace Theatre, Watford, 1993)
  • The Dreamers of Inishdara ("Brooklechaun & Holy Joe Branigan," Jermyn Street Theatre, 2008)
  • Light Up the Sky ("Miss Lowell," the Old Vic, 1985)
  • Macbeth ("Lady Macbeth," the Bristol Old Vic, 1976)
  • Murderer ("Millie Sykes," 1975, premiere at the Garrick in London)
  • Patricia Quinn Saved My Life (as herself; Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, 2004)
  • The Quentin Follies ("Dorothy Parker," Charleston House, 2006)
  • The Real Inspector Hound ("Cynthia," Palace Theatre, Watford, 1993)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (London, 1973; reprised role as Magenta/Usherette in 1994, UK tour)
  • Sarah B. Divine ("Sarah Bernhardt," at the Jeanetta Cochrane, 1972)
  • School for Scandal (London, Lady Teazle)
  • A Small Family Business (Birmingham Rep)
  • Stripwell ("Babs," 1975, Royal Court)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley ("Emily Greenleaf/Aunt Dottie," Palace Theatre, 1998)
  • Threepenny Opera (1972, "Dolly," Prince of Wales Theatre)
  • Thrill Me– The Leopold & Loeb Story ("Parole Board Officer – Vocal," Tristan Bates Theatre, 2011)
  • 'Til I Die ("Mother," Old Red Lion Theatre, 2009)
  • Wild Women ("Dorothy Parker," Albany Theatre, 2005)
  • Women Beware Women ("Livia," Birmingham Rep)
Patricia Quinn at the 20th Anniversary, 1995. (Photo: Marty Fairgrieve, Crazed Imaginations issue #67)

Film Credits:

Patricia Quinn as Doris Tingley, a magician's assistant, in miniseries "Lost Empires" - 1986

Television Credits:

  • A Christmas Carol ("Ghost of Christmas Past," 1976 - see it here and here)
  • Beauty and the Beast ("Susan," 1976)
  • Bergerac ("Dolly Hayward" in "Crossed Swords," (episode # 6.2) 1/9/1988)
  • The Bill ("Susan White," [Episode: Downtime], 1991)
  • [ The Box of Delights ("Sylvia Daisy Pouncer," 1984, 4 episodes, with Robert Stephens)
  • Clouds of Glory: William and Dorothy ("Annette Vallon," 1978)
  • The Countess Alice ("Margot," 1992)
  • Deasey ("Deirdre," 1979)
  • Dr. Who ("Belazs" in "Dragonfire" (episode # 24.4) 11/23/1987)
  • Fortunes of War ("Mona Castlebar," 1987)
  • Fox ("Liz," 1980)
  • Good Behaviour ("Rose Bryne," 1983)
  • I, Claudius ("Livilla," miniseries, 1976)
  • Leap in the Dark ("Rosalind Toynbee" in episode "Parlour Games," BBC, 1977)
  • Lost Empires ("Doris Tingley," episodes 6 and 7, with Laurence Olivier and Colin Firth, miniseries, 1986)
  • Love School ("Elizabeth Siddal," episode: Beata Beatrix)
  • Minder ("Monica," [Episode: Rembrandt Doesn’t Live Here Anymore], 1982)
  • Prisoners of Childhood (Herself, 1989)
  • The Professionals ("Isla" in episode: "Look After Annie" (episode # 1.12) 3/17/1978)
  • Shoulder to Shoulder ("Christabel Pankhurst," miniseries, 1974)
  • Tales of the Unexpected ("Phyl Tinker," episode: The Stinker," 1980)
  • Van der Valk ("Yvonne" in episode: "Destroying Angel," 1972)
  • Well Anyway (1976)
  • Witching Time ("Lucinda Jessup," originally on "Hammer House of Horror" (episode # 1.1) 9/13/1980; later hosted by Elvira and released on video)

Current opinion of RHPS:

Likes it: "I'm terribly proud of the film."

Current occupation:

Occasional acting and doing the convention circuit. Fox sent her on tour in 2000/2001 to plug the DVD and she's appearing regularly at autograph shows.


  • Quinn performed Magenta/Usherette again for the 21st birthday season and didn't look a day older.
  • Fans may be interested to know that on VH1's 1999 Rocky Horror "Where Are They Now," she confirmed that she had been a Playboy Bunny.
  • She is the widow of Robert Stephens. Her first husband was actor/director Don Hawkins, by whom she had a son, Quinn.


There's a nice interview at Sci-Fi Online here.

The folks at Time Warp include her resume through the Transylvania 92 convention and excerpt the story of what happened when she heard Richard would be singing "Science Fiction" in the film: