Pooky Quesnel

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Pooky Quesnel
Born Joanna Quesnel[1]
1964/1965 (age 49–50)[1]
Eccles, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, singer
Years active 1980s–present

Joanna Quesnel, known professionally as Pooky Quesnel, is an English actress, screenwriter and singer.

Background[edit]

Quesnel was raised in Eccles, Lancashire, along with her six siblings.[2] She read English at Oxford University before spending a year at drama school.[3] In the 1980s she performed in Humphrey Carpenter's Vile Bodies band at the Ritz Hotel, and performed in a tribute concert to him following his death in 2005.[3][4]

In 2003 she began screenwriting, producing scripts for Doctors and Family Affairs,[2][5] appearing in the latter as Diane Short. She practices kick boxing and flamenco.[1]

Career[edit]

She played Dr Monica Broome in the first series of Cardiac Arrest and DC Grace Harris in the first two series of Thief Takers.[1] She had a recurring role in the third series of Cold Feet as Emma Keaton and returned to medical dramas in 2006, playing Dr Christine Whelan in The Golden Hour. In 2007 she starred as Nita in the BBC One series True Dare Kiss,[2][5][6] and later that year began a recurring role in EastEnders as Rachel Branning, taking over the character from Sukie Smith. In February 2008 she played the spoken title role in a City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra production of Stravinsky's Perséphone, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.[7] In July 2008, she appeared in an episode of the ITV murder mystery series, Midsomer Murders as journalist Julie Benson,[8] and in an episode of George Gently entitled "The Burning Man", playing the character Wanda Lane. In March 2010 she appeared as Maureen in BBC One's second series of Five Days. She also played the spaceship captain in the Doctor Who' 2010 Christmas special, "A Christmas Carol".[9] In November 2010 she appeared as Christopher Eccleston's character's wife in Jimmy McGovern's Accused.[10] She has also played a pregnant woman in an episode of Not Going Out.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Stage work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Malins, Sue (21 November 1996). "I got a real gun too easily; Pooky Quesnel.". The Mirror. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pooky Quesnel plays Nita". True Dare Kiss Press Pack. BBC. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Dempster, Nigel (4 April 1993). "All's fair in love for Pooky". Mail on Sunday. p. 47. 
  4. ^ "Music for a Wizard Whizz". BBC Radio 3. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Wylie, Ian (12 July 2007). "Pooky's real sister act". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Deacon, Michael (29 June 2007). "Last night on television". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Brown, Geoff (28 February 2008). "CBSO/Oramo at Symphony Hall, Birmingham". The Times. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Midsomer Murders - Midsomer Life". ABC1 (ABC Australia). 21 September 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (19 August 2010). "'Who' Christmas special cast announced". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Wylie, Ian (9 November 2010). "Christopher Eccleston: I owe my career to Jimmy McGovern". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Not Going Out 2013 Episode 2: Skiing". 
  12. ^ "Pick of the day; Adrian Mole: The Cappucino Years BBC1, 10.40pm". Evening Standard. 9 March 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  13. ^ Watson, Keith (6 July 2008). "George Gently: The Burning Man - BBC1". Metro. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Batley's the star in new BBC drama". Batley & Birstall News. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Five Days - Maureen Hardy". BBC One. BBC. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Moving On – Sauce For The Goose". BBC Press Office. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  17. ^ London theatre record, Volume 11, Issues 14-26
  18. ^ Plays and players: Volumes 489-492; Volumes 494-500, 1993
  19. ^ Plays international, Volume 11, Chancery Publications Ltd., 1995
  20. ^ Plays and players, Issues 501-510. Hansom Books, 1996
  21. ^ Teale, Polly; Brontė, Charlotte (1998). Jane Eyre (adaptation). Nick Hern Books. p. 5. 
  22. ^ Marks, Peter (13 November 1998). "Theater review; A Classic Russian Tale of Infidelity, Sparely Told". New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  23. ^ Koenig, Rhoda (18 March 2003). "Present Laughter, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford - The hyper philanderer". The Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  24. ^ Cooper, Neil (27 February 2003). "Theatre - Present Laughter, King's Theatre, Glasgow". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  25. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (11 March 2004). "Orton still on the money". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  26. ^ Walker, Lynne (14 September 2005). "Romeo And Juliet, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester". The Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  27. ^ "Preview: Sitting Pretty". BBC Suffolk. February 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 

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