Born on 5th August 1948 in Hastings, East Sussex, England. She started her television career in 1970 in the TV series A Family at War (1970), cast as Freda Ashton. She became better known following her appearances in The Beiderbecke Affair (1985), The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987) and The Beiderbecke Connection (1988), alongside James Bolam. She has narrated recent documentaries such as: "Frontier House", When Pat Phoenix Met Tony Booth (2002), "50s & 60s in Living Colour" and "What Granny Did in the War". Television series include: Cracker (1993) in which she played Fitz's wife Judith, more recently in Hornblower: Duty (2003) and Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003). Recent feature film appearances include: Professor Corner in You're Dead... (1999) and Pauline in The Escort (1999) (aka "The Escort"). Theatre includes: Goneril in "King Lear" National Theatre (1997) and on BBC TV (Performance: King Lear (1998)); "The Bullet" in which she played Billie at London's West End Donmar Warehouse Theatre (1998); "An Experiment With An Air Pump" at the Hampstead Theatre (2002), playing two characters, Susannah Fenwick and Ellen.