Most well known for her decade-long portrayal of Mrs. Bridget McCluskey on the BBC's Grange Hill, she is also notable for her recurring roles on Echo Beach, The Gemma Factor and House of Anubis.
During her childhood years, she performed with England's National Youth Theatre. After enrolling in the teachers' training program at Goldsmiths, University of London, she returned to acting and was cast as Clare Weston in the television series The Guardians.
She was featured in the 2001 family movie Back to the Secret Garden.
Born and raised in Manchester, England, she later settled in West Sussex with her husband Alan Leith.
She and Mary Tamm were both in the cast of the 1974 miniseries A Raging Calm.