1. She is known for her role as Romana in the BBC television series Doctor Who.
2. Sarah Ward is the daughter of Edward Ward, 7th Viscount Bangor, and his fourth wife, Marjorie Alice Banks; as such, she is entitled to use the courtesy title “The Honourable”.
3. She has a brother, Edward, two years her junior; and a half-brother, William, who is the 8th Viscount Bangor, three years her senior.
4. Her great-grandmother Mary Ward was an illustrator and amateur scientist, and is documented as the first person in the world to die in a motor vehicle accident.
5. She left school at age 14 because she “loathed every single minute of it”, and took her O-levels on her own.
6. Ward studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1968 to 1971. After spending a few years painting, she auditioned at London drama schools “as a sort of dare” to herself:
7. She began her acting career in the Hammer horror film Vampire Circus in The Duchess of Duke Street, the popular BBC drama series of the 1970s.
8. She acted in a film called Got It Made in 1974 which was later recut with sex scenes featuring other actresses and reissued as Sweet Virgin.
9. She was the second actress to play the Time Lady Romana in Doctor Who.
10. After a guest appearance as Princess Astra in the Doctor Who story The Armageddon Factor in 1979, Ward was chosen to replace Mary Tamm, who had decided against continuing in the role.
11. In addition, she has appeared at a number of Doctor Who conventions and related special events.
12. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five Doctors Reboot.
13. In the 1980s, she also wrote two books on knitting and one on embroidery.