Barbara Rafferty (born 1954, Glasgow) is a Scottish actress. She is best known for playing Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt between 1990 and 1999, and then again from 2008 - 2011 when the show made a comeback. Rab C Nesbitt made a comeback for a special Episode in 2014 then a followed on series in 2014 summer . Other notable television roles include playing pub landlady Agnes Meldrum in Hamish Macbeth and Alice MacAllister in The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star. Also, in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, Barbara Rafferty starred as Mrs. Garrigan. until 2009 she was appearing in the BBC Scotland soap River City as Shirley Henderson
Barbara's daughter, Amy Rafferty, is a singer, songwriter, and musician with the cult Glasgow music collective The Recovery Club.
Her son, Bob Rafferty, fronts the well known Glasgow alternative rock band El Dog.
In 2013 it was announced that Rafferty would join the cast of His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen Pantomime Cinderella with her friend Elaine C. Smith
- River City official site
- Barbara Rafferty at the Internet Movie Database
- River City, Shirley Henderson Character page
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