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Spotlight On: Pauline Quirke

Pauline Quirke in Broadchurch


Date Of Birth: 18th July 1959

Born: Hackney, East London, England

Birth Name: Pauline Perpetua Quirke

Height: 1.68m (5.6 feet)  



Pauline began her career as a child actress aged eight with an appearance in Dixon Of Dock Green and whilst a teenager in the 1970s she hosted three children's TV series: You Must Be Joking (1975), Pauline's Quirkes (1976) and Pauline's People (1978–79) 


Pauline's People also featured Linda Robson and both would see their careers take off in 1989, when they starred in the BBC sitcom Birds Of A Feather. She became a household name and remained with the series until it ended in 1998 after 9 series and over 100 episodes.


She made a return to sitcom in 2001 when she starred in BBC sitcom Office Gossip but after a promising start with over 6 million viewers the ratings dropped and it was cancelled after just one series. Quirke however, was nominated for Most Popular Comedy Performer at The National Television Awards.


In May 2010, Quirke joinined the rural soap opera Emmerdale as Hazel Rhodes, the mother of established character, Jackson Walsh. The character of Hazel left Emmerdale on 25th January 2012 but Quirke has said she would like to return.



1971: Dixon Of Dock Green (TV Series) played the part of Jane Taylor in the episode Two Children

1971: Softly, Softly: Task Force (TV Series) played the part of Janice West in the episode Copper Wire

1972: The Trouble With 2B (Film) played the part of Molly

1974: The Tomorrow People (TV Series) played the part of a student in the episode The Blue and the Green: An Apple for the Teacher 

1974-1982: Play For Today (TV Series) played various roles in five episodes

1975: Shadows (TV Series) played the part of Dawn in the episode An Optical Illusion

1975: Jenny Can't Work Any Faster (TV Film) played the part of Jenny 

1975-1976: You Must Be Joking! (TV Series) presenter

1976: Plays For Britain (TV Series) played the part of Marilyn in the episode Sunshine In Brixton

1976: Beasts (TV Series) played the part Noreen Beale in the episode Special Offer

1976: Angels (TV Series) played the part of Kate Morahan in the episode Home Sweet Home

1977: Television Club (TV Series) played the part of Pud in three episodes

1977: The Duchess Of Duke Street (TV Series) played the part of Pearl in two episodes

1978: Crown Court (TV Series) played the part of Patsy Donovan in the episode The Greenhouse Girls: Part 1

1979: Lovely Couple (TV Series) played the part of Carole Richards in eleven episodes

1980: The Further Adventures Of Oliver Twist (TV Series) played the part of Charlotte in seven episodes

1980: The Elephant Man (Film) played the part of 2nd Whore

1982: The Story Of The Treasure Seekers (TV Series) played the part of Eliza 

1982: Q.E.D. (TV Series) played the part of Jane in the episode To Catch A Ghost

1982: The Return Of The Soldier (Film) played the part a girl searching in Hospital

1982-1983: Angels (TV Series) played the part of Vicky Smith in forty-seven episodes

1984-1995 Shine On Harvey Moon (TV Series) played the part of Veronica in twenty-three episodes

1986: Girls On Top (TV Series) played the part of a cleaner in the episode Who's Ya Uncle Shelley?

1988: Rockliffe's Babies (TV Series) played the part of Lorraine Morelli in the episode Hearts and Flowers

1988: Little Dorrit (Film) played the part of Maggy - Little Dorrit's Protegee 

1988: Distant Voices, Still Lives (Film) played the part of Doreen

1988: Casualty (TV Series) played the part of Mary Taylor in the episode Living Memories

1989: Getting It Right (Film) played the part of Muriel Sutton

1989-1998 Birds Of A Feather (TV Series) played the part of Sharon Theodopolopodous in one hundred and two episodes

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1996: The Sculptress (TV Film) played the part of Olive Martin

1996: Waiting For Giro (Short Film) played the part of Bo

1997: Deadly Summer (TV Film) played the part of Linda Topping

1997: The Canterville Ghost (TV Film) played the part of Madame Murielle

1997: Our Boy (TV Film) played the part of Sonia Williamson

1998: Real Women (TV Series) played the part of Mandy

1998-1999: Maisie Raine (TV Series) played the part of D.I. Maisie Raine in twelve episodes

1999: Real Women II (TV Series) played the part of Mandy Evans

1999: Last Christmas (TV Film) played the part of Gwen

1999: David Copperfield (TV Film) played the part of Peggotty

2000: Checkout Girl (Short Film) played the part of Lynda

2000-2003: Down To Earth (TV Series) played the part of Faith Addis in twenty-two episodes

2001: Redemption Road (Film) played the part of Jean

2001: Office Gossip (TV Series) played the part of Jo in six episodes

2001: Arthur's Dyke (Film) played the part of Janet

2001: Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (TV Series) played the part of Felia Siderova in the episode The Glorious Butranekh

2002: Murder In Mind (TV Series) played the part of Jane Saunders in the episode Passion

2002: Being April (TV Series) played the part of April in six episodes

2004: Carrie's War (TV Film) played the part of Hepzibah Green

2004: North & South (TV Series) played the part of Dixon in four episodes

2005: The Bill (TV Series) played the characters Lesley Palmer and Cath Wilson in five episodes

2006: The Thieving Headmistress (TV Film) played the part of Colleen McCabe  

2006: Casualty (TV Series) played the part of Jackie Rogers in the episode No Place Like

2007-2008: Cold Blood (TV Series) played the part of Hazel Norton in three episodes

2008: My Family (TV Series) played the part of Joan in the episode Let's Not Be Heisty

2009-2010: Missing (TV Series) played the part of DS Mary Jane Croft in fifteen episodes

2010: My Perfect Burger (Film) played the part of Mrs. Grieves

2010: Skins (TV Series) played the part of DS Blunt in three episodes

2010: Needles (Film) played the part of Jacqueline Ledley

2010-2012: Emmerdale (TV Series) played the part of Hazel Rhodes in one hundred and twenty-six episodes

2013: Broadchurch (TV Series) played the part of Susan Wright in eight episodes

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* Pauline has three children with her husband, producer Steve Sheen. 

* In October 2011 Pauline opened a Coventry-based acting academy for young children.

* Quirke has frequently been seen in the audience of the hit show Strictly Come Dancing and has appeared on its companion show It Takes Two more than once to talk about how much she enjoys it.
* In June 2007 she was a contestant on BBC's Celebrity MasterChef.


Personal Quotes


On joining Emmerdale:

"I've never done anything like this before so it's something different for me and I'm very happy to be a part of it".

On her character Susan in Broadchurch:

"Susan is very dark and has rather a sinister presence. The only thing she shows any emotion for is her dog. She seems to be totally cold. She just seems to always be there just watching and lurking and listening."

On suffering from stagefright

"I was sick before every single episode of Birds Of A Feather, all 100 shows. It was the A word - audience - that sparked it off. Standing in front of a camera doesn't worry me, but the minute I'm stuck in front of real people I'm petrified"