name = Val Lehman
birthdate = Birth date and age|1943|3|15|mf=y
Perth, Western Australia
website = http://www.val-lehman.com
Val Lehman (born March 15, 1943 in Perth,
Western Australia) is an Australian actress who is best known for the role of Wentworth Detention Centre's inmate boss, or "top dog", Bea Smithin the Australianseries "Prisoner". She played the role for 4½ years before leaving the series in the 400th episode in 1983, with the character perishing offscreen some two years later.
Lehman has appeared in many other Australian television productions, mostly in guest roles. Prior to "Prisoner" she acted in "Bellbird" and "
Tandarra". After "Prisoner" she appeared in " The Flying Doctors", " Something in the Air" and " Blue Heelers".
Lehman lived in
Ipswich, Suffolk, Englandfor much of the 1990s after being initially invited to the UK for personal appearances by the "Prisoner: Cell Block H "fan club. She successfully spearheaded the campaign by "Prisoner" fans over many years, to have "Prisoner" released on DVD in its entirety.
* [http://www.val-lehman.com Official Val Lehman Website]
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