(written from a Production point of view)
Beacham was brought up in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, where she studied ballet and later mime before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She also lived in Paris for a time. She is completely deaf in one ear, partially in her other. While maintaining a home and career in both London and Los Angeles, Beacham also works as spokesperson for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, serves on the Board of Directors for Free Arts for Abused Children and is associated with the Tinnitus Society of Great Britain.
She played Rose Millar in the first two seasons of the BBC Second World War drama series Tenko from 1981 to 1982. Between 1985 and 1989, Beacham played Sabella "Sable" Scott Colby on the television drama series Dynasty on which she worked with Joan Collins and Tracy Scoggins. She also played this part on the spin-off series The Colbys (1985-1987) on which she worked again with Tracy Scoggins and with Ricardo Montalban. For her work on Dynasty and The Colbys, Beacham received three Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in 1986, 1988, and 1990.
Between 1989 and 1990, she played the lead role in the television comedy Sister Kate, Golden Globe award nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical in 1990. From 1993 to 1994, she played Dr. Kristin Westphalen in the first season of the science fiction series SeaQuest DSV, with fellow regular Marco Sanchez and recurring actors William Morgan Sheppard, Frank Welker, and Richard Herd and Iris McKay, mother to Luke Perry's character in eight episodes of the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991-1994, with Michael Durrell and Ann Gillespie).
More recently, Beacham had a recurring role as Martha Fraser in the British long running drama series Coronation Street (2009) and guest roles in episodes of Material Girl (2010), Casualty (2010), and Mount Pleasant (2011). In 2010 she also took part in the seventh series (the British equivalent of an American season) of Celebrity Big Brother UK. Most recently she portrayed Maria Callas in the stage play "Master Class" in the UK and published her autobiography.