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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 28 May 1935Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. Her character was accidentally electrocuted while trying to plug in a hairdryer.

She continued in steady work and in the late 1980's became one of the regulars used by 'Victoria Wood' in her TV shows. This bore fruit in the role of Jean in the hit sitcom 'dinnerladies' (1998 - 2000).

Her most critically acclaimed role came in 2003 when she took the lead in the film 'The Mother' about a woman who has an affair with her daughter's partner. The role of May saw her earn a BAFTA film nomination for Best Actress.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Glc19Gareth

Spouse (1)

Peter Eckersley (1971 - 1981) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (17)

Mother of editor Mark Eckersley (b. 1971).
Had her scenes from Love Actually (2003) cut from the final film, they feature in the DVD extras. She played the school Headmistress, whose lesbian lover was played by Frances de la Tour.
Appeared in both BBC productions of Bleak House, the 1985 version and the 2005 version.
Trained at RADA.
She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama.
Turned down a role in Calendar Girls (2003) so she could star in The Mother (2003).
Has appeared twice in the series 'Doctor Who', playing different characters, in 1989's 'The Curse of Fenric' and 2007's 'Smith and Jones'.
Her Coronation Street (1960) character Valerie Barlow became the 3rd woman in the soap opera to give birth. Valerie had twins Susan (played originally by Katie Heannau and later Joanna Foster) and Peter (played by originally by Robert Heanue and later Chris Gascoyne), born on 5 April 1965.
One of 31 performers to have both acted in the 20th century Doctor who and the 21st Century Doctor Who.
Gave up smoking in 1978 and smoked herbal cigarettes to play Mrs Thackeray in the revival of Upstairs Downstairs (2010).
She comes from a family connected with journalism and newspapers.
Kings Cross, London, England [June 2010]
Admitted on BBC1's Breakfast Show on November, 18 2013 that she suffers from vertigo.
Her favourite film star when she was growing up was William Holden.
She was named Oldie Pin-Up of the Year at the 2014 Oldie Magazine Awards.
She chose to leave 'Coronation Street' at the end of 1970 because she was pregnant with her son and didn't want to spend the rest of her career playing the same part.
She auditioned for a part in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) directed by Woody Allen but was unsuccessful. Pauline Collins was cast instead.

Personal Quotes (2)

And I still just love acting! Most of us agree it's like a child's game, really; doesn't seem like a serious job at all. I love doing comedy.
[on being awarded the MBE in June 2010] Thrilled and delighted and amazed.

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