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McBride became involved in amateur dramatics while reading history at Bristol University and her first professional engagement was working in a children's theatre company in Glasgow before her work for repertory theatres around the UK.
With a solid list of theatre credits including runs in the West End and Bristol Old Vic, McBride began to make appearances in television dramas in the 1970s before gaining the role of Madeleine in Secret Army, appearing in its second and third series in 1978 and 1979.
After the series ended its run, McBride continued her acting career mostly in theatre and television. She was interviewed about her time on Secret Army for the special features of the third series DVD release in 2004.
As of 2010, she is the director of School English Scene, a theatre company created to support English teaching in British secondary schools. In this capacity, she has written, produced and directed.
Selected TV credits
|1974||Within These Walls||Heather||Labour of Love|
|1975||Thriller||Nurse||A Killer with Two Faces|
|Edward the Seventh||Jeanne Granier||The Peacemaker|
|1976||Dickens of London||Margaret Beadnell||Love|
|Sutherland's Law||Susan Abercrombie||The Eye of the Chameleon|
|The Mackinnons||Debbie Hodge||Working Weekend|
|Van der Valk||Stewardess||Dead on Arrival|
|Space:1999||Medical officer||The Dorcons|
|1978-79||Secret Army||Madeleine Duclos||Regular role (2 series)|
|1980||Take the High Road||Jackie Ogilvie||Recurring role|
|1981||Maybury||Anne Mieggs||Trouble at Home|
|The House on the Hill||Hester||The Mistress of the House|
|1982||The Professionals||Liz Spalding||You'll Be All Right|
|1983||Tales of the Unexpected||Louise Medway||The Luncheon|
|Hart to Hart||Lady Claire Belgrave||Harts and Hounds|
|1987||Rumpole of the Bailey||Mrs. Addison||Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow|
|1989||Only Fools and Horses||Snobby girl||Yuppy Love|
|The Bill||Kate Power||Only a Bit of Thieving|
|2001||Coupling||Giselle||The End of the Line|
|2007||After You've Gone||Mrs. Campbell||Look Back in Anger|
|2008||Midsomer Murders||Governor||Midsomer Life|
- Priestner, Andy (2008). The Complete Secret Army. Cambridge: Classic TV Press. pp. 205–206. ISBN 978-0-9561000-0-9.
- "2004 news archive". Le Candide - unofficial Secret Army website. Retrieved 17 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Priestner, Andy (2008). The Complete Secret Army. Cambridge: Classic TV Press. pp. 637–638. ISBN 978-0-9561000-0-9.
- "School English Scene" (PDF). The Archer. Retrieved 17 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)