Most well known for her role as Pearl Ladderbanks on the popular British soap opera Emmerdale, she is also notable for her roles as Brigid McKenna and Eunice Gee on the respective soaps Brookside and Coronation Street.
Early in her career, she appeared in several episodes of the television shows Yanks Go Home and Mother Nature's Bloomers.
She performed in the 1997 London West End stage revival of the musical Chicago.
A native of Lancashire, England, she married English television host Charles Foster.
She and Julie Walters were both in the cast of Victoria Wood as Seen on TV.