She was voted Female Performer of the Year at the Spoken Word Awards 2001.
Once described as 'the best-known American voice on Radio 4', she has played roles as varied as Patricia Cornwell's forensic detective Kay Scarpetta and Groucho Marx's sidekick.
Personal Quotes (6)
(On her favourite author, Gerald Kersh): "Gerald Kersh, Gerald Kersh, Gerald Kersh,' who wrote about London in the 30s and 40s. "I discovered a book of his in a second-hand bookshop when I was 11, and was immediately hooked! Tales of seedy London nightlife and Cockney rhyming slang were so exotic to a pre-teen from Pittsburgh!"
(On her stage role as pop icon Nico in "All Tomorrow's Parties"): "I absolutely fell in love with the character and it's the only time I've played a person who had actually lived. As it's so liberating to work in a foreign accent, the fact that she was German made her extra fun to play!"
(On why she knows why she finds recording audio books so rewarding): "I like it because it is such an intimate medium. I feel I'm only ever reading to one person. Sometimes I pretend that that person is someone I love and miss - like my grandmother - and that makes it even more enjoyable."
(On the books she's most enjoyed recording): "I loved doing "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott for the beautiful writing and wonderful sentiment, and I really enjoyed "Tell Me Your Dreams" by Sidney Sheldon - but then who wouldn't love playing a serial killer with multiple personalities?"
(On her role as Natalie in Cold Feet (1997)): I love Mike Bullen's writing, and the situations he's put my character in - like the fire-extinguisher cat-fight with Fay Ripley . . . what a blast!