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Lisa Bowerman
Born (1962-02-01) 1 February 1962 (age 60)
Years active1986–present
Known forCasualty
Doctor Who
Partner(s)David Warner

Lisa Bowerman (born 1 February 1962) is a British actress who portrayed Sandra Mute, the paramedic, in the BBC One medical drama Casualty, in the first two series, and as Professor Bernice Summerfield in many Doctor Who Big Finish Productions' audio plays, as well as both directing and voicing other roles.


Bowerman trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was a regular in the first two series of BBC medical drama Casualty playing Sandra Mute, the show's first female paramedic. Her other television work includes: Dodgem, The Count of Solar, Grange Hill, The Vision Thing, Doctors, McCallum, Bad Girls and Night and Day. In 2007 she guest-starred as the home secretary's PA in Spooks, and returned to Casualty for a one-episode cameo role as a patient. In 2011 and 2012, she appeared in five episodes of Coronation Street as solicitor Jennifer Lingwood.

She has recorded many plays for BBC Radios 3 & 4, and has worked extensively in theatre.

Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield

Bowerman has had an extensive connection with the British science fiction television series Doctor Who—and its assorted spinoffs—since 1989. For the BBC, she played the role of Karra in "Survival" (the final serial in the original run of Doctor Who in 1989), and voiced Saruba Velak in Dreamland (a 2009 animated serial connected to the revived series). In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[1]

Since 1998, she has played companion Bernice Summerfield in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio plays. As well as appearing in six Doctor Who audio plays opposite Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace, and four boxed sets opposite David Warner as the 'Alternate Doctor', she has starred in over 90 audio plays based solely on Bernice. Bowerman has also either directed or played supporting roles in numerous other Big Finish audio plays: the latter roles have included Ruby in the Sapphire & Steel stories "Water Like a Stone", "Cruel Immortality" and "Second Sight", Murash in "I, Davros: Guilt" and Ellie in Jago & Litefoot.

Outside of either Big Finish or the BBC, In July 2014 Bowerman directed episodes 1 and 2 of the original audio drama series Osiris by Everybodyelse Productions, also The Coming of the Martians (aka The War of The Worlds) starring Colin Morgan, Nigel Lindsay & Ronald Pickup for Sherwood Sound Studios and When Michael Met Benny a podcast drama for Average Romp Productions.

Bowerman is also a professional photographer, and house committee chair and Trustee of Denville Hall the Actor's Retirement Home (and charity) as well as a former Trustee of The Actors' Charitable Trust.



Year Title Role Notes
1986-1987 Casualty Sandra Mute 15 episodes
1989 Doctor Who Karra Episode: "Survival"
1990 EastEnders Policewoman Episode: "1.536"
1991 Dodgem Miss Baker 2 episodes
1992 Grange Hill Photographer Episode: "#15.5"
1992 Screen Two Maid Episode: "The Count of Solar"
1993 Seekers Stable Girl
1993 Screenplay Miss Anderson Episode: "The Vision Thing"
1997 McCallum Nurse Episode: "Touch"
2001 2020, History of the Future Dr. Simons Episode: "#1.1"
2003 Night and Day Dr. O'Hara 4 episodes
2004 Bad Girls Doctor Episode: "#6.7"
2007 Casualty Mrs. Lowe Episode: "Core Values"
2007 Spooks Maggie Dibden Episode: "The Virus: Part 2"
2007 Doctors Val Thornton Episode: "Acting Up"
2009 Dreamland Saruba Velak Voice; 3 episodes
2010 Doctors Cynthia Tompkins Episode: "Sonata"
2011-2012 Coronation Street Jennifer Lingwood 5 episodes
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Lisa Bowerman
2014 Hollyoaks Forensics Officer Episode: "#1.13846"
2017 Doctors Dr. Claire Jayratnum 2 episodes
2017 The Magical Music Box Spider Voice; Episode: "House of Terrors"
Valkyrie/Dr. Roberts Voice; Episode: "The Valkyries"
2018 The Self Tapers Tilly Millington-Marriner Episode: "#1.5"
2019 The Magical Music Box Nicole Voice; Episode: "In the Spotlight"
2020 Gentrification Tilly All 9 episodes
2020 The Little Back Street in Salford Olive Shapley


  1. ^ "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013