Stephanie Beacham robbed by a burglar with a hammer in her London home

Stephanie Beacham robbed by a burglar with a hammer in her London home

Stephanie Beacham robbed by a burglar with a hammer in her London home

Stephanie Beacham - David M. Benett

Stephanie Beacham – David M. Benett

Stephanie Beacham was mugged by a hammer-wielding burglar during a break-in at her London home, a court heard on Friday.

The Dynasty actress, 75, was at her £750,000 home in Bayswater, west London, on September 25 last year when she was confronted by the alleged male intruder.

Her jewellery, keys, checkbook, handbag and mobile phone were stolen during the raid, the Southwark crown court heard.

David Wilson, 56, has been charged with burglary and aggravated robbery and is due to stand trial later this year.

It is alleged that he entered Ms Beacham’s home “as an intruder” and had “an offensive weapon, namely a hammer”.

Prosecutor Gregor McKinley asked the court to list the case for trial as soon as possible, saying it involves “allegations against someone who is now an elderly victim.”

He added: “The Crown is pleased that the case can start in February, especially given the age and vulnerability of the victim.”

In a court hearing on December 21, Wilson pleaded not guilty to robbery and aggravated robbery as the case was scheduled for a three-day trial beginning February 8. The actress is expected to be called as a witness in the case.

In another case, Wilson, with no fixed address, is accused of breaking into a Sheffield pensioner’s home to steal a snooker medal, a stepladder and a mattress.

Judge Nicholas Rimmer held Wilson in custody until his trial, with a new pre-trial hearing scheduled for February 1.

‘Acting keeps me young’

Ms. Beacham achieved worldwide renown for her role as Sable Colby on the classic 1980s American soap opera, Dynasty, alongside the likes of John Forsythe and Joan Collins. She also appeared in 49 episodes of the Dynasty spinoff show The Colbys.

The actress, who has dated Marlon Brando, Eric Clapton and Imran Khan, has also tried her hand at reality TV, having appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2010.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress starred in the BBC drama Tenko and has more recently made guest appearances on shows including Bad Girls and Casualty. It was confirmed in October last year that she would reprise the role of herself as Ken Barlow’s love interest in Coronation Street, following a successful run on the ITV soap opera in 2009.

Speaking last month, the veteran star said she was thrilled to be back in Corrie.

She told The Mirror: “To take on a role where it doesn’t matter what I look like is a very exciting thing. It didn’t matter how I was lit or from what angle I was shot. It makes me breathe a sigh of relief and think, ‘Finally’.”

“The important thing was to play the character as I was taught from the inside out, instead of concentrating on the external. Beneath the outer wrapping, so to speak, I am a fully developed and still developing creature with plenty of life experience to bring to a role.”

Beacham said she was looking forward to taking on similar roles in the future and that she does not plan to retire as it “keeps me young”.

She added: “I don’t think the actors will retire. We keep going until we can’t anymore. Acting, with all its challenges, keeps me young.”

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