Jacqueline Leonard

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Jacqueline Leonard
Born 28 November 1965
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Spouse(s) Alex Mansfield

Jacqueline Leonard (born 28 November 1965) is an English television, film and theatre actress.

Leonard is best known for her appearances in long-running British television shows. She played Sarah Preston in the ITV drama Peak Practice (1993-1996), Lorraine Wicks in the London-based soap opera EastEnders (1996-1997), Dr. Caroline Powers in the BBC soap Doctors (2000-2001) and also appeared in the Glasgow-based soap River City as gangster's wife Lydia Murdoch (2007-2009). In 2011, she starred in the horror film The Wicker Tree.

Early life[edit]

Jacqueline Leonard was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. She was a pupil of Greenlands High School in Blackpool.[1] Leonard trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and was the winner of the Michael Warre Award for Best Actress in 1988.


Leonard is best known for appearing on British television. She has had roles in May to December (1992); A Time to Dance (1992); Inspector Morse (1993) and Peak Practice (1993–96), where she played Sarah Preston for four series.

Following this she was cast in one of her most notable roles. She played Lorraine Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1996–97. Leonard took a year off work when she left EastEnders to move from London to Lancashire and care for her sick mother.[2]

Subsequent television appearances include Doctors where she played one of the original characters Dr. Caroline Powers from 2000–01; Nice Guy Eddie (2002); Holby City (2003); The Bill (2004); The Courtroom (2004), Goldplated (2006) and Hollyoaks (2007). In 2007, Leonard joined the cast of Scottish soap opera River City playing Lydia Murdoch.

Film credits include Chaplin (1992); ID (1995)There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (1999) and The Wicker Tree(2011).

On stage she has appeared in Look Back in Anger; The Taming of the Shrew; A Midsummer Night's Dream; A Clockwork Orange; Wuthering Heights and Behind the Green Curtain.

In 2011, she auditioned and was shortlisted for the role of Stella Price in Coronation Street but lost out to Michelle Collins.[3] In 2014, it was announced that she was to join the cast as Linda Armstrong, the ex-wife of established character Owen Armstrong.[4]

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