English actress who played the role of Denise Fox on BBC's EastEnders and the role of DC Eva Sharpe in the television series The Bill.
She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and started performing in theatre roles.
She received the Royal Television Society's best actress award in 2001, making her the first black actor to win one of their major awards.
She has two daughters with her partner, Sebastian.
Like Betsy Palmer, she had a role on the British soap opera EastEnders.