11 July 1960
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Paul Merton (m. 1990; div. 1998)
Sam Farmer (m. 2005)
Caroline Quentin (born Caroline Jones; 11 July 1960) is an English actress. Quentin became known for her television appearances: portraying Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998), Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek (1997–2000), and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder (2003-2009).
Quentin was born in Reigate, Surrey, to Kathleen and Fred Jones, a Royal Air Force pilot. She has three older sisters, Hazel, Kathryn, and Tina. She was educated at the independent Arts Educational School, in Tring, Hertfordshire, and appeared locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival.
Quentin received an Ian Charleson Award commendation for her Masha in The Seagull at the Oxford Theatre Company in 1991. Her early stage work had also included appearing in the chorus of the original English production of the musical Les Misérables in 1985.
In July 1996, Quentin released a single, a cover of the Exciters' hit "Tell Him", with her Men Behaving Badly co-star Leslie Ash under the name of "Quentin and Ash". The single reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart and spent 3 weeks in that listing. From 1997 until 2000 Quentin starred alongside Alan Davies in Jonathan Creek playing investigative journalist Maddie Magellan, who uses Jonathan's mind to solve murder mysteries.
Quentin appeared in the 2001 telefilm Hot Money, which was based on the true story of the theft of hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Bank of England. In 1998 she starred in the first sitcom that was specifically built around her: Kiss Me Kate. At the British Comedy Awards in 2004, Quentin won the "Best Comedy Actress" award for her performance in Von Trapped; that year she started the major role of Maggie Mee in the popular drama Life Begins, which returned for a third series in 2006.
Quentin has appeared in Whose Line Is It Anyway?; in a pre-Men Behaving Badly role as a traffic warden in the Mr. Bean episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean in 1991; Room 101; Have I Got News for You; and the 2009-10 BBC comedy series Life of Riley, a sitcom about a dysfunctional blended family; and in the BBC Radio 4 improvisational comedy series The Masterson Inheritance and the popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog.
On 11 January 2009, Quentin stated on the show Something For The Weekend that she would return to Jonathan Creek in the future if the offer came.
She appeared as Heather Babcock in an episode of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, in 2010. Also in 2010 she started appearing in Marks and Spencer's revamped food range advertisements.
In March 2011, a documentary entitled "Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India" aired on ITV in the UK. Quentin had harboured a desire to visit India since she completed a school project about the country as a child in the 1960s. The documentary follows Quentin as she travels from the North of India to the South.
In 2013, she hosted yet another documentary series, Caroline Quentin’s National Parks.
Quentin was married to comic Paul Merton from 1990 until their 1998 divorce. She met Sam Farmer (who is 12 years her junior) in 1999 on the set of Jonathan Creek, where he was a runner. They have two children, Emily (born 1999) and William (born 2003). In 2006 she married Farmer in Tiverton, Devon. They lived in Morebath Manor near the village of Morebath, Devon, close to Tiverton, briefly before moving to a smaller farm nearby.
Film and television
|1980||The Squad||Vicky Banks||Episode: 'Recruits'|
|1983||Video Stars||Fritzie Lang||Television film|
|1984||Dream Stuffing||Brenda||3 episodes|
|1984||Play for Today||Receptionist||Episode: 'The Groundling and the Kite'|
|1987||Up Line||Patti Technology||Television film|
|1987||Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire|
|1988||This is David Lander||Tricia Worthington||Episode: 'Not a Pretty Site'|
|1989||Shadow of the Noose||Mary Bennett||Television mini-series
episode: 'Beside the Seaside'
|1989||Casualty||Jane Locke||Episode: 'Banking for Beginners'|
|1990||Hale and Pace||Series 3, episode 1|
|1990||Harry Enfield's Television Programme||Various characters||4 episodes|
|1991||Josie||Series 1, episode 3|
|1991||The Bill||Ruth Otley||Episode: 'Breakout' (series 7 finale)|
|1991–1993||Paul Merton: The Series||Dr. Gillespie/Frank's Wife||3 episodes|
|1992||Mr. Bean||Traffic Warden||Episode: 'The Trouble with Mr. Bean'|
|1992||Don't Tell Father||Kate Bancroft||6 episodes|
|1992–1998||Men Behaving Badly||Dorothy||42 episodes
— British Comedy Award for Top TV Comedy Actress
— Nominated: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
|1993||All or Nothing at All||Rebecca||Television mini-series
|1994||An Evening with Gary Lineker||Monica Despacos||Television film|
|1994||Entertainment Cops||Miss Pennyfarthing||Television film|
|1995||Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex||Short film|
|1996||Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's...||Caroline||Episode: 'The Missing Page'|
|1996||ITV Chart Show||Interviewee||1 episode|
|1997–2000||Jonathan Creek||Maddy Magellan||18 episodes|
|1998–2001||Kiss Me Kate||Kate Salinger||22 episodes
— Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Performer (1998)
|1999||Hooves of Fire||Vixen||Voice, Television short|
|1999||The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything||Marcia Bournemouth||Television film|
|2001||The Innocent||Beth Pastorov||Television film|
|2001||Goodbye Mr. Steadman||Gina Ravelli||Television film|
|2001||Hot Money||Bridget Watmore||Television film|
|2002||Blood Strangers||Lin Beresford||Television film|
|2002–2003||Living Famously||Narrator||9 episodes; voice|
|2003–2009||Blue Murder||DCI Janine Lewis||19 episodes
— Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2005)
|2004||Von Trapped||Maria Moogan||Television film
— British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
|2004–2006||Life Begins||Maggie Mee||Leading role
— British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress (2004)
— Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
— Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2004, 2005)
— Nominated: TV Quick Award for Best Actress (2005)
|2005||Footprints in the Snow||Julie Hill||Television film|
|2009–2011||Life of Riley||Maddy Riley||Leading role; 20 episodes|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side||Heather Badcock||Television film|
|2010||Just William||Mrs. Bott||2 episode|
|2011–present||Cornwall with Caroline Quentin||Herself||18 Episodes in total|
|2012||In Love with Wilde||Duchess of Berwick|
|2012||Dead Boss||Virna||Series 1, episode 5|
|2012||Switch||Gloria||Series 1, Episodes 1 and 6|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||Deirdre||5 episodes|
|2013||Big Bad World||Jan|
- 1995, Best TV Comedy Actress (Men Behaving Badly, as Dorothy)
- 2004, Top TV Comedy Actress (Von Trapped, as Maria Moogan; Life Begins, as Maggie Mee)
- 2004, Special Recognition Award
- 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards, Audiobook of the Year, winner as narrator of The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
- "Spotlight on... Caroline Quentin". Western Mail. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
Early life: Born Caroline Jones in Reigate, Surrey, on July 11, 1960.
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