Melanie Hill

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For the Big Brother UK contestant, see Melanie Hill (Big Brother).
Melanie Hill
Born (1962-01-11) 11 January 1962 (age 53)
Sunderland, County Durham, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Sean Bean (1990–1997) divorced

Melanie Hill (born 11 January 1962) is an English actress who was born in Sunderland, County Durham.

Acting career[edit]

Hill attended RADA in London where she won the Vanbrugh award.


Hill replaced Gilly Coman as the character of Aveline in the last three series' of Carla Lane's BBC television sitcom Bread. She has also appeared in such programmes as The Bill playing Marie Carver (née Graham), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet playing Hazel Redfern, Hot Money playing Liz Hoodless, Juliet Bravo playing Jean Simpson, Emmerdale playing Avril Kent and Cape Wrath playing Brenda Ogilvie.

On 17 March 2009, she featured in an episode of Holby City, a medical drama broadcast weekly on BBC1 in the United Kingdom. This became a recurring role, as the actress appeared in subsequent episodes, following a story arc relating to the death of her on-screen husband. She also appeared in an episode of The Thick of It (series 3 episode 3).

In April 2011, she appeared in the BBC television comedy drama series Candy Cabs and in November, appeared in the fantasy series Merlin as Mary Howden. In April that year, she also appeared as Cissie Charlton, mother of footballers Jack and Bobby Charlton, in the BBC drama United, which was centred on the 1958 Munich air disaster involving Manchester United and in which Cissie's younger son Bobby was involved but survived.[1]

In 2012, she made her debut on long-running school drama Waterloo Road her character, Maggie Croft (now Budgen), is head of the canteen and house mistress of the building that is a home to many pupils and also got married to Grantly Budgen (Philip Martin Brown), making her Grantly's new wife.

In August 2013, it was announced that Hill has joined the cast of the BBC Two sitcom Hebburn.[2]

In February 2015, it was announced that Hill has joined the cast of Coronation Street


Hill appeared in Brassed Off (1996) as Sandra.

She appeared as the witch Ditchwater Sal in the 2007 film Stardust and the 2009 film White Girl.

Personal life[edit]

Hill married English actor Sean Bean in December 1990. The couple have two daughters, Lorna, born October 1987, and Molly, born September 1991.[3] They divorced in August 1997. She is a supporter of Sunderland A.F.C.. In a relationship with writer and producer Jimmy Daly.


  1. ^ United (2011) - IMDb
  2. ^ Dipper, Andrew (21 August 2013). "Hebburn series two: Melanie Hill joins the cast". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, Genevieve (11 March 2012). "Sean Bean: 'I got pretty good at walking in high heels'". The Independent. 

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