Linda Robson

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Linda Robson
Born Linda Patricia Mary Robson[1]
(1958-03-13) 13 March 1958 (age 56)
Islington, North London, England
Residence Islington, North London, England
Occupation Actress, presenter
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Mark Dunford (m. 1990)[2]
Children Lauren Amy Robson (b. 1983)
Louis Mark Dunford (b. 1992)
Roberta Linda Dunford (b. 1996)

Linda Patricia Mary Robson (born 13 March 1958) is an English actress and presenter. She is best known for playing Tracey Stubbs in the hit sitcom series Birds of a Feather between 1989 and 1998, and 2014 onwards. She became a permanent member of the Loose Women panel in 2012, usually appearing on the show once a week, having previously appeared as a guest panellist several times.

In 2012, Linda took part in the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, coming 9th place and eliminated on the 13th day of camp.

Early life[edit]

Robson was educated at Ecclesbourne Primary School, and at the private, fee-paying Anna Scher Theatre School, both in Islington.

Early career[edit]

Linda Robson had a non-speaking role as a young girl amidst a group of roaming 'survivors' in the second series of the original BBC Survivors drama screened in 1976, and then appeared in Pauline's Quirkes (her first regular appearance with Pauline Quirke) and the drama series The Crezz, the comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon in 1982 and the IRA drama Harry's Game.

Career[edit]

Birds of a Feather[edit]

Main article: Birds of a Feather

Linda played Tracey Stubbs in the hit BBC comedy Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998, starring alongside Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph. In 2013, it was announced that Birds of a Feather was to return for a tenth series, this time airing on the ITV network. The first episode of this series aired on 2 January 2014 to an audience of over 8 million. After a successful tenth series, it was announced in 2014 that Birds of a Feather would return for an eleventh series in early 2015.[3][4]

Other appearances[edit]

She subsequently appeared in programmes such as The Bill and Crossroads. Robson appeared alongside Jenny Eclair and Dillie Keane in the original cast of Grumpy Old Women Live, a spin-off from the television series Grumpy Old Women (2004–07), written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder. On 9 August 2007, she narrated a show for ITV, called Britain's Youngest Brides. In July 2008, Robson entered Celebrity MasterChef and reached the semi-finals.

In July 2010, Robson made a guest appearance in the BBC drama series Casualty, playing the mother of a young man with bipolar disorder. Robson was the first celebrity to arrive in Australia ahead of the 2012 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, but was voted out on the third elimination on the 13th day in the camp on 23 November 2012, finishing in 9th place out of 12 celebrities. In 2012, Robson became a regular panellist on the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women, after having appeared as a guest in 2003, 2010 and 2011.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989–1998, 2014—present Birds of a Feather Tracey Stubbs Series Regular
2003, 2010-2011, 2012—present Loose Women Herself Regular Panelist
2007 Britain's Youngest Brides Narrator Comedy TV Series
2008 Celebrity MasterChef Herself Contestant
2010 Casualty Demanding Patient Recurring: 4 Episodes
2012 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Herself Contestant

Guest appearances[edit]

Radio[edit]

Linda is an occasional guest presenter for BBC London 94.9. In November 2012, she played the part of Lisa, the hypochondriac mother of Luke (Daniel Mays) in Alexander Kirk's play "Told You I Was Ill", episode 2/4 in the series "Living with Mother" on BBC Radio 4.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She has lived in Islington, North London all her life.[7] She is married with three children: Lauren (born 1984), Louis (born 1992) and Bobbie (born 1997). She became a grandmother in 2012.

Robson's father was a chain-smoker who died of lung cancer when he was 57,[8] her mother also died of cancer in August 2012. In October 2013, Robson voiced an interactive video campaign for the British Lung Foundation aiming to ban smoking in cars with children on board in the United Kingdom, in memory of her father.[9][10]

On an episode of This Morning, Linda matched the Guinness World Record for filling as many pancakes as possible in the space of one minute. She managed to fill six pancakes.[11]

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  7. ^ Loose Women, 29 January 2013
  8. ^ This Morning, 24 January 2012
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