Miss Baveystock opened my mind to religion, ethics and the world around me. She taught me religious studies between the ages of 14 and 16, which was a difficult time as my mum was very ill. She died of cancer shortly after I started in the sixth form.
Even in the late 1980s, the Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, was a fairly strict place and the teachers were old. Miss Baveystock was a breath of fresh air. She was about 24, a bit of a hippy with curly hair who wore jangly earrings and bracelets. All of us girls fell in love with her. She was a born storyteller: although I'm not particularly religious, she was so enthused by the subject that she made it fascinating.
I'm a curious person and Miss Baveystock helped me to realise this was a good thing. She told me that every religion went up different sides of the mountain to the same thing. I loved reading about Judaism and I'd ask lots of questions. I got very into Buddhism through her. I loved the calmness, the rules and the rituals of religion.
I remember saying to Miss Baveystock that all these religions seemed so peaceful and yet they were all fighting each other. She told me that as I got older I would see this happened quite a lot. People essentially wanted the same thing but they fought; they went about it in the wrong way. She was right, of course.
I didn't enjoy school. It was state selective and very competitive. There was always someone miles better than me at everything and I was forever trying to catch up. I felt like a duck on the water with my legs flapping underneath.
Because my mum was ill, people didn't know how to cope with me or what to say. I didn't talk to anyone. If there was a teacher I was going to talk to, it would have been Miss Baveystock, but I thought I could manage on my own and I was determined to be strong. But then, I had no idea that my mum was going to die. Like most teenagers I was obsessed with my own life, and I played truant from school while she was in hospital. If I'd known, I might have stuck around a bit.
My mum was very poorly when I did my GCSEs. I got a U for maths and had to retake it. I'm sure the only reason I passed was because someone wrote a letter saying how ill she was, because I don't remember answering any questions.
When she died I ran from school. I left half a term into the sixth form and started modelling. Thanks to Miss Baveystock, I was studying religious studies at A-level as well as English and French. If things had been different, I would have stayed on and probably be working as a French teacher now. I didn't leave in a particularly friendly way, which is sad, because in retrospect some people at the school really looked after me.
I didn't keep in touch with Miss Baveystock although I do remember bumping into her in a wine bar. I can't remember if me and my friends were 16 and drinking underage or we'd turned 18, but I do recall that she came to talk to us.
I still think about the things she said, like God being a power. She made me think that some things were out of my control at a time when life was difficult, and for that I'm grateful.
Lisa Faulkner was talking to Kate Bohdanowicz. She is a supporter of Ben's Beginners, a new online cooking channel for children. To celebrate the launch, Uncle Ben's is partnering up with the Children's Food Trust, encouraging cooking clubs, schools and families to go online.
Born 2 January 1973, London
Education The Tiffin Girls' School, Kingston upon Thames, and Amanda Redman's Artists Theatre School in London, where she is now a regular teacher
Career Actor, best known for her roles in Spooks and Holby City. Faulkner is also a former winner of Celebrity Masterchef and author of several cookery books