After delivering a Silver Bear Award-winning performance as Maggie Conlan in the early 1990s film Ladybird, Ladybird, this British screen actress went on to play Janey York on the ITV sitcom Benidorm.
Her Sunday Times bestselling memoir, This Heart Within Me Burns, details her early struggles with abuse, poverty, and homelessness.
She made appearances on two reality television shows: Celebrity Come Dine with Me and I'm a Celebrity. . . Get Me Out of Here!
Before ending in divorce, her marriage to Philip Shaw resulted in daughters named Tracy and Haley.
Early in her career, she appeared on comedian Bob Monkhouse's BBC program Bob Says Opportunity Knocks.