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2 September 1963
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
She studied at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and her first television appearance was a small part in an episode of A Touch of Frost. She went on to star in the acclaimed drama series Band of Gold before landing a role in the film Girls' Night alongside Julie Walters and Brenda Blethyn.
In the late 1990s she had recurring roles as Standish in The Cops, and as Glenda in the Victoria Wood penned sitcom Dinnerladies. She also had a small part in the Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett film The Man Who Cried. It was after filming that role in 2000 that she was cast as Eileen Grimshaw on Coronation Street. Cleaver won praise for her portrayal of Eileen, the mother of a son Todd who struggles with his sexuality and announces he is gay.
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