Famous for her role as Myra McQueen on Hollyoaks, she also appeared in episodes of The Cops and Emmerdale. In both 2012 and 2013, she was nominated for Inside Soap Awards in the "Funniest Female" category.
She received a bachelor's degree in performance from Salford University.
A stage performer as well as a soap opera actress, she starred as Sally Bowles in The Courtyard Theatre's 1998 production of the musical Cabaret.
She married fellow soap opera actor Liam Fox in 1999 and she has two children.
Actor Barry Sloane was cast as Barber-Lane's Hollyoaks character's son.