Dynasty star Stephanie Beacham has revealed that her life was ‘screwed up’ and a loving relationship with a partner she should have married was destroyed after she was raped in the early 1970s.
Speaking publicly for the first time about the rape ordeal, she said: ‘I can remember avoiding rape several times and a couple of times not.’
Asked to give more detail, she bravely added: ‘I will, for my own brain, be more specific and say once, and it was very early Seventies. And that is fact.’
Beacham, 69, who played Sable Colby in the US soap, declined to reveal the identity of her attacker but said he was not an actor.
And she told The Sunday Telegraph that her failure to speak up about the incident had caused her lasting damage.
Refusing to name the person involved, she added: ‘It caused me to break off a long-term relationship that probably should have been my marriage, because I couldn’t admit to it, I felt it was my fault.
‘It screwed up my life, definitely.’
The actress left out the revelation in her 2011 autobiography Many Lives, which charted her career.
Beacham married actor John McEnery in 1973 and they had two daughters, Phoebe and Chloe, before divorcing six years later.
It is thought the rape happened prior to her marriage, when she was aged between 23 and 25.
Her career has taken her from the Hollywood glitz of The Colbys and Dynasty to the cobbles of Coronation Street by way of Celebrity Big Brother – and the actress has exuded glamour throughout.
Her most recent television stint was in BBC sitcom Boomers, in which she played the part of Maureen alongside Russ Abbot, June Whitfield and Alison Steadman.
After a succession of toyboy romances, in 2014, Beacham revealed she was planning marry her fiancé Bernie Greenwood, a doctor she was introduced to online by a mutual friend.
Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, to a housewife mother and an insurance executive father, Beacham was diagnosed as deaf in one ear at an early age, and previously claimed she had been bullied at school.
However a stint of modelling opened the door to an acting career – allowing her to work with the likes of Marlon Brando, Michael Winner and of course, Joan Collins.