Barbara Steele

Barbara Steele

Highest Rated: 100% Young Toerless (1966)

Lowest Rated: 30% Lost River (2014)

Birthday: Dec 29, 1937

Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK

Dark-eyed British actress Barbara Steele had the perfect face for horror. Though the Rank Organization starlet had been imported to the United States by 20th Century Fox to play Elvis Presley's love interest in "Flaming Star" (1960), Steele proved an ill-fit for the Hollywood cookie cutter and was replaced after a week of shooting. An actor's strike drove Steele back to Europe, where her haunting beauty was used to good effect in a string of Gothic horror films, beginning with Mario Bava's "Black Sunday" (1960). In the ensuing years, Steele skulked through such lurid chillers as "The Horrible Dr. Hichcock" (1962), "Castle of Blood" (1964) and "Terror-Creatures from Beyond the Grave" (1965), in which she brought sex appeal to characters of both pure and dark motives. Federico Fellini found a place for the slinky actress in his masterful "8-1/2" (1963) while German New Wave director Volker Schlöndorff offered Steele one of her better roles in "Young Törless" (1966), but the glut of cheap European fright flicks in which she found herself mired drove Steele back to North America. No longer an ingénue, she married a Hollywood screenwriter and cashed in on her cult credibility with meaty roles in Jonathan Demme's "Caged Heat" (1974), David Cronenberg's "Shivers" (1975) and Joe Dante's "Piranha" (1978). Finding a measure of artistic satisfaction behind the camera, Steele won an Emmy as the producer of the 1988 miniseries "War and Remembrance" while learning to enjoy her lifetime association as horror cinema's reigning scream queen.

Highest rated movies

Young Toerless
8 1/2
The Pit and the Pendulum
Black Sunday
The She Beast
Caged Heat
Pretty Baby




100% No Score Yet Master of Dark Shadows Herself (Voice) - 2019
No Score Yet 31% Minutes Past Midnight The Apparition of the Mill (Character) - 2016
30% 38% Lost River Grandmother (Character) $45.4K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mill at Calder's End The Apparition of the Mill (Voice) - 2014
No Score Yet 49% The Butterfly Room An (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Capitol Conspiracy Agent Oakley (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 34% Silent Scream Victoria Engels (Character) - 1980
70% 43% Piranha Dr. Mengers (Character) - 1978
71% 59% Pretty Baby Josephine (Character) - 1978
85% 58% Shivers Betts (Character) - 1975
76% 40% Caged Heat Supt. McQueen (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeymoon With a Stranger Carla (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 30% The Crimson Cult Lavinia Morley (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 30% Terror Creatures From the Grave Cleo Hauff (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 82% Young Töerless Bozena (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 91% For Love and Gold Teodora (Character) - 1966
100% 84% Young Toerless Unknown (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tombs of Horror Cleo Hauff (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 64% An Angel for Satan Harriet Montebruno/Belinda (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 38% Nightmare Castle Muriel Arrowsmith/Jenny Arrowsmith (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Faceless Monster Muriel Arrowsmith / Jenny Arrowsmith (Character) - 1965
83% 22% The She Beast Veronica (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 34% The Long Hair of Death Helen Karnstein/Mary Karnstein (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 60% The Monocle Valérie (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Castle of Terror Elisabeth Blackwood (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 66% Castle of Blood (Danza macabra)(Coffin of Terror)(Dimensions in Death)(Tombs of Terror) Unknown (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 32% The Ghost Margaret Hichcock (Character) - 1963
98% 92% 8 1/2 Gloria Morin (Character) $50.7K 1963
No Score Yet 46% The Horrible Dr. Hichcock Cynthia Hichcock (Character) - 1962
88% 75% The Pit and the Pendulum Elizabeth Barnard Medina (Character) - 1961
86% 77% Black Sunday Katia Vajda/Princess Asa Vajda (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor of Hearts Fiona (Character) - 1958


94% 89% Castlevania Miranda (Voice) 2020-2021
50% No Score Yet Dark Shadows Dr. Julia Hoffman/Natalie (Character) 1991
No Score Yet 100% War and Remembrance Producer 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1961