2010 Soap Award winner for Best On-Screen Partnership, shared with Chris Walker, for her role in the soap opera Doctors. She also played Kath Shaughnessy in Holby City.
She worked in the Royal Exchange pub for years. She previously wanted to become a doctor but did not the qualifications.
Film credits of hers have included Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence and Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution.
She was born Janice Pearson in Wollaston, Worcestershire, England.
She and Chris Walker beat out EastEnders' actors Patsy Palmer and Sid Owen for Best On-Screen Partnership.