Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in current box office champ Doctor Strange is far from the first actress to shave her bonce in the name of SF & fantasy. Here’s a gallery of some of genre’s other greatest bald women… (and, yeah, we’ve let a bit of fuzz count, purely because we know if we’d left out Ripley then everybody would have gone, “Where’s Ripley?) And yeah, some of them used bald caps, prosthetics or special FX to dodge the clippers.
Delphine Chanéac played the genetically-created Frankenstein’s monster in the director Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi horror. She wouldn’t stay this cute for long…
Virginia Hey played the mystical Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan, from the planet Delvia in the first couple of seasons of the Henson Workshop’s brilliantly bonkers space opera. Blue and bald – a brilliant combination that Guardians Of The Galaxy would repeat.
Everyone was bald in George Lucas’s dystopian Star Wars predecessor, so there are a lot of shaven women, but LUH (played by Maggie McOmie) was lead female character, so she gets the represent the film as a whole.
All the Bene Gesserit in David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s book, are bald, presumably to reflect the clichéd image of the tonsured monk.
In her final episode on the show, Peri (Nicola Bryan) had her brain removed (which involved shaving her head) so that her body could be used by a slimy aquatic alien instead. Which was really dark and daring for Doctor Who at the time… except a few episodes later in “The Trail Of A Time Lord” it was revealed this never happened; it was a piece of made-up evidence concocted by the Time Lord’s Matrix to make the Doctor look bad and really Peri had married
Prince Vultan King Yrcanos (Brian Blessed).
Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan (she played Amy Pond) shaved her head for real to play Luphomoid assassin and adopted daughter of Thanos in Marvel’s marvellous space opera movie.
A deadly Sith warrior who wields two lightsabers, Asajj debuted in the traditionally-animated Clone Wars cartoon before making the transition to the CG animated The Clone Wars.