|Born||Pauline Perpetua Quirke
18 July 1959 
Hackney, East London, England
|Known for||Birds of a Feather
|Home town||Penn, Buckinghamshire|
|Height||5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)|
Pauline Perpetua Quirke (born 18 July 1959) is an English actress, best known for her role as Sharon in the comedy series Birds of a Feather, along with her lifelong friend and frequent acting partner Linda Robson and playing Hazel Rhodes, the mother of established character Jackson Walsh, in the long-running ITV soap opera Emmerdale, leaving on 25 January 2012.
As a teenager in the 1970s, she hosted three children's TV series: You Must Be Joking (1975), Pauline's Quirkes (1976) and Pauline's People (1978–79) (which also featured Linda Robson). She also had a small role in the movie The Elephant Man in 1980, along with future Emmerdale colleague Lesley Dunlop.
Her career really began to take off in 1989, when she began playing the part of Sharon Theodopolopodus in the BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather alongside Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. She became a household name and remained with the series until its end in 1998 after 9 series and over 100 episodes.
In 1994, she was doing the Surf Advert with Linda Robson.
In 1996, she starred in the BBC television adaptation of The Sculptress by Minette Walters receiving much critical acclaim for her performance, including a British Academy TV Award nomination for Best Actress. As Birds of a Feather was ending she began playing DI Maisie Raine in Maisie Raine a drama series for BBC One, which ran for two series from 1998 to 1999.
From 2000 to 2003, she starred alongside Warren Clarke in the BBC series Down to Earth. She made a return to sitcom in 2001 when she starred alongside Neil Stuke, Robert Daws and Pippa Haywood in BBC sitcom Office Gossip. After a promising start with over 6 million viewers the ratings dropped and it was cancelled after the first series. Quirke however, was nominated for Most Popular Comedy Performer at the National Television Awards for her role.
In 2002, she starred alongside Nitin Ganatra in six episodes of Being April, a comedy drama for BBC One. She appeared in Carrie's War in 2004 and in 2005, played a major role in The Bill as Cath Wilson, wrongly convicted of murdering a child.
In May 2010, it was announced that Quirke would be joining the rural soap opera Emmerdale as Hazel Rhodes, the mother of established character, Jackson Walsh. Quirke said of joining the soap "I've never done anything like this before so it's something different for me and I'm very happy to be a part of it".
On 16 May 2011 it was announced that Quirke had decided to quit Emmerdale. Hazel left on 25 January 2012 and Quirke has since said she would like to return. In 2013, Quirke had a recurring role as Susan Wright in ITV drama series Broadchurch.
Awards and nominations
|1990||Birds of a Feather||British Comedy Awards||Best TV Comedy Newcomer||Won|
|1990||Birds of a Feather||British Comedy Awards||Best TV Comedy Actress||Nominated|
|1997||The Sculptress||BAFTA TV Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|1997||Birds of a Feather||National Television Awards||Most Popular Comedy Performer||Nominated|
|1998||Birds of a Feather||National Television Awards||Most Popular Actress||Nominated|
|1999||Birds of a Feather||National Television Awards||Most Popular Comedy Performer||Nominated|
|2001||Office Gossip||National Television Awards||Most Popular Comedy Performer||Nominated|
|2002||Down to Earth||National Television Awards||Most Popular Actress||Nominated|
|2011||Emmerdale||British Soap Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
She has two children and is married to producer Steve Sheen; they live in Penn, Buckinghamshire. On The Paul O'Grady Show in 2007 she told of how she suffers from severe stage fright and nerves and she usually refuses to appear on live TV shows. In 2009 she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and underwent a hip replacement operation.In 2011 she went on a diet and slimmed down from 19 stone 6 pounds (123 kg) at Christmas 2010 to 13 stone 0 pounds (83 kg) in July 2011, and aimed to get her weight down to 11 stone 0 pounds (70 kg) after being told she was "severely obese" and her health was at risk.
- Levin, Angela (13 April 2009). "Pauline Quirke: When doctors said I needed a new hip to end my agony, I started to cry". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
- BBC Celebrity MasterChef biography
- Green, Kris (28 May 2010). "Pauline Quirke joins 'Emmerdale'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Light as a feather! How Pauline Quirke shed a third of her body weight". Daily Mail. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.