After retiring from on-screen acting, she became a theatrical agent. She counted fellow Doctor Who actors Nicholas Courtney, Colin Baker and Mark Strickson among her clients, and famously discovered a young actor called Matt Smith at the National Youth Theatre.
Works she has appeared in:Audio Play
- Big Finish Doctor Who:
- 1 story as Lorraine Baynes (2003)
- 22 stories as Zoe Heriot (2007-present)
- 1 story as the Time Eater (2011)
- The Blood on Satan's Claw as Cathy Vespers (1971)
- Crossroads as Stephanie "Stevie" Harris (1965-66, 97 episodes)
- Doctor Who as Zoe Herriot (1967-68, 1983note ; 9 serials, 48 episodes)
- Z Cars as Christina (1 episode, 1971)
- Emmerdale as Rosemary Roberts (6 episodes, 1987)
- The Bill as a Manageress (1 episode, 1991)
- "Super Safe With SuperTed" as Blotch (1986)
Tropes associated with her work:
- Real-Life Relative: She has acted alongside her real-life daughter Charlie Hayes in several Big Finish Doctor Who "Companion Chronicles" audio dramas.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: She finished runner-up in the 1964 televised talent contest Search For A Star. Today, the only reason anyone remembers the show is that it launched Padbury's career, and the winner has long since faded into obscurity.
- You Sound Familiar: In addition to reprising her role as Zoe for Big Finish Doctor Who, she has also voiced Lorraine Baynes in "Davros" and the Time Eater in "Chronoclasm".