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10 October 1964 |
Oldham, Lancashire, England
|Spouse(s)||Peter Salmon (2001-present)
Gary Hargreaves (1985-1995)
Lancashire's first recurring television role is still her best known. She played barmaid Raquel Watts in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1991 to 1996, reappearing for one last episode in 1999. Raquel was a sweet, if somewhat dippy character, who was a firm favourite with viewers of the long running show. She had previously appeared on the programme in November 1987 playing Wendy Farmer. In late 1991 she also had a guest appearance in The Bill.
After leaving Coronation Street, rather than struggle to find work in other shows after playing such a well-known character (a fate that has befallen many soap opera actors), Lancashire worked in a number of high profile series. From 1997 to 1999 she played Ruth Goddard in the ITV drama series Where The Heart Is, and in 1999 she appeared in the BBC sitcom Murder Most Horrid, which also starred comedienne Dawn French.
Lancashire has appeared in the BBC Radio 4 legal sitcom Chambers which later moved onto television. In 2000, she starred in the drama Seeing Red, portraying actress Coral Atkins, who founded a care home for children. and won two British television industry awards as a result. In 2001 she went on to star in the acclaimed BBC drama series Clocking Off, a role that saw her win the Best Actress award at the Television and Radio Industry Club Awards. Lancashire has continued to work regularly since, notably in a BBC drama portraying Angela Cannings, a British woman who was convicted of killing her two baby sons but was released when medical evidence given at her trial was deemed dubious. She has recently appeared in two series of the ITV drama series Rose and Maloney as Rose Linden opposite Phil Davis as Marion Maloney.
In 2002, she played the role of Meg Bartlet in the psychological thriller tele-movie The Cry. Her character Meg, a social worker grieving the stillbirth of her daughter, befriends a woman called Christine whose baby daughter Eleanor suffers from breathing problems. Gradually, Meg becomes convinced the child is being abused and eventually abducts her after the claims make headline news. Changing her car and appearance and using the name Annie Lomax, she heads to Cheshire where Christine used to live, determined to prove that Eleanor's mother is guilty of abuse.
In September 2006, she starred in a BBC comedy drama Angel Cake, and in 2007 she played Mary Miles in the E4 teen Comedy/Drama Skins. In April 2008, she appeared in "Partners in Crime", the opening episode of the 2008 series of Doctor Who, as "Miss Foster, an enigmatic and powerful businesswoman". She also narrates the BBC drama series Lark Rise to Candleford. Filmed in August to December 2008, Lancashire stars in All the Small Things alongside Neil Pearson and Richard Fleeshman. She plays Esther Caddick, a full-time mother and choir member in the short TV series Heart and Soul.
In Spring 2010 Lancashire portrayed the mother of murdered prostitute Anneli Alderton in the BBC Drama Five Daughters. At the time, she was listed as the highest paid actress in British television. Further, she plays fellow servant and love interest of the butler Mr Pritchard in Upstairs Downstairs in 2010.
In September 2012, Lancashire appeared in the role of Miss Audrey in the BBC period drama series The Paradise.
On 5 December 2005, she returned to the West End stage to play Miss Adelaide in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre. Her taking over from Jane Krakowski coincided with Nigel Harman's taking over of the role of Sky Masterson from Ewan McGregor. Lancashire suffered a reported chest infection and was forced to leave the production officially on 7 February 2006 having not performed since the matinee performance on 4 January 2006.
Lancashire's last role to date was that of Joyce Chilvers in the new Cameron Macintosh production of Betty Blue Eyes, which ran in the Novello Theatre in London until September 2011.
Directing and presenting
In 2005, Lancashire made her directorial debut on an episode of the BBC series The Afternoon Play and was nominated for the Best New Director award at the BAFTA television awards.
In 2006 she presented an edition of the Five documentary social heritage series Disappearing Britain in which she interviewed people with memories of Wakes Week holidays in Blackpool by Cotton mill workers in the early 20th Century. It included an investigation of her own family history and holidays by her great grandfather Tom Lancashire in Llandudno.
Awards and nominations
|1996||National TV Award||Most Popular Actress||Coronation Street||Nominated|
|1998||National TV Award||Most Popular Actress||Where the Heart is||Nominated|
|2000||National TV Award||Most Popular Actress||Seeing Red||Won|
|2005||BAFTA TV Award||Best New Director (fiction)||Viva Las Blackpool (BBC Afternoon Play)||Nominated|
|2012||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Betty Blue Eyes||Nominated|
|2013||BAFTA TV Award||Best Supporting Actress||Last Tango in Halifax||Nominated|
Lancashire is the daughter of the television scriptwriter Geoffrey Lancashire (1933–2004), who wrote several hundred episodes of Coronation Street. She is married to the television producer Peter Salmon, with whom she has a son. She also has two sons from a previous marriage.
- "Sarah Clocks On". Doctor Who – News. bbc.co.uk. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
- "All The Small Things press pack: Sarah Lancashire plays Esther Caddick". BBC Press Release. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-04-08.