Actress who became a fixture on British television with recurring roles on series like Barbara, Heartbeat and Coronation Street. She is also known for big screen fare like 1979's Life of Brian and 2015's The Lady in the Van.
She worked in the banking industry before making her professional acting debut in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby Playhouse.
She was nominated for BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her role as Rita Simcock on the comedy series A Bit of a Do.
She married playwright Graham Reid.
She co-starred with Tricia Penrose on the series Heartbeat.