Wendi Peters

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Wendi Peters
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Actress Wendi Peters on This Morning 2011
Born (1968-02-29) 29 February 1968 (age 46)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996
Spouse(s) Kenny Linden (1993-present)
Children Gracie Linden (b. 2000)

Wendi Louise Peters (born 29 February 1968 in Blackburn, Lancashire) is an English television and theatre character actress.

Personal life[edit]

Peters is married to Kenny Linden and they have one daughter together called Gracie who was born in 2000.


In 1996 Peters appeared as Emily Rahn in the film In Love and War, starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell.[1]


In 2003 Peters became a household name playing the infamous Cilla Battersby-Brown in the hit ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The actress also played 'Podger' Pam Jolly in the hit ITV series Bad Girls.

Coronation Street[edit]

On 18 January 2007 it was confirmed that Peters would be leaving 'Coronation Street' after 4 successful years of playing Cilla Battersby-Brown. In the programme, Cilla left her son Chesney to go to Las Vegas. On Children in Need she jokingly explained that she was returning from Las Vegas to give Chesney more money as he was 'down to his last tenner'. In November 2008 Cilla returned in a DVD special called Out of Africa which saw her reunited with Chesney, Fiz and Kirk.[2] 2014 Wendi Peters will reprise the role of Cilla Battersby-Brown After 7 years away from Weatherfield

Stage career[edit]

Peters as Mrs Metheral in The Game, 2010

Peters' varied stage career began in 1987 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. In 2010 Peters took the lead in Northern Broadsides production of The Game by Harold Brighouse. The play had not been performed in 100 years, and was directed by and also starred Barrie Rutter the Artistic Director and founder of Northern Broadsides. Peters played the protagonist of the piece, Mrs Metheral. Her performance garnered critical acclaim, dubbed "simply magnificent" by Michael Billington of The Guardian and "an instant comic classic" by The Observer.

Dominic Cavendish of The Daily Telegraph said "Ma was played with hilarious gruffness and rolling pin obduracy by Wendi Peters. Her performance alone is worth the price of admission".[3][4] Peters went on to receive further praise for her performance.[5]

In 2011, she returned to Hull Truck Theatre Company to play Bet in John Godbers two-hander, April In Paris, directed by Godber himself. Peters again received high praise from the press in this successful revival.[6] Venues included The West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2009 she toured Ireland with a one woman play Mrs Whippy, written by Cecelia Ahern whose novel Ps I love You was a number-one bestseller all over Europe and was made into a film starring Hilary Swank.[7] Peters received rave notices throughout the tour.[8]

Peters toured the UK with Jenny Eclair and Susie Blake in Grumpy Old Women Live 2 - Chin Up Britain showing her comedic skills once again. This production returned for a season at the Novello Theatre in London's West End in 2010.

Peters' other theatre roles have included Bedroom Farce (1996), Noises Off (1997) Stephen Sondheim's 'Into The Woods'(1992), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1991), Follies in Concert, London Palladium (2007) and Guys and Dolls (1991) which was reviewed by Michael Schmidt who said "Among the hot box girls, one in particular kept catching my eye: Wendi Peters as the grumpy chorus girl is a delightfully outsize killjoy whose brilliant comic dancing should have earned her a curtain call all of her own"

Peters is currently appearing as Princess Puffer in Aria Entertainment's London revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Charles Dickens' unfinished novel. The production ran at the Landor Theatre in April/May, and is shortly transferring to the Arts Theatre, West End for a limited season from 18 May 2012.[9]

Peters starred in the White Christmas (musical) at the Lowry at Salford Quays with Dallas Star Ken Kercheval and Brookside and Loose Woman Star Claire Sweeney from November 2012 till January 2013

In 2013 Sir Jonathan Miller directed Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son, last performed by the Royal National Theatre in 1994. Peters took the role of Mrs Henderson, to great critical acclaim.[10] Libby Purves of The Times offered "Wendi Peters has a fabulous cameo as a whining petitioner, unsentimentally illustrating the company's workforce challenges".[11] Other press went on to add she was "unforgettable"[12] and her scene was "formidable".[13]


In 2009 the actress was a finalist on BBC1's Celebrity Masterchef with John Torode commenting on her version of Sticky Toffee Pudding being a "seriously sexy pudding". Her love of baking and cooking has led her to appearances on many cookery programmes including Market Kitchen, Christmas Cooks, This Morning and with Gordon Ramsey on The F Word in 2008. She appeared on Adrenaline Junkie with Jack Osborne in 2008, jumping out of a helicopter at 9,000 feet over Table Mountain. She sang on ITV's Soapstar Superstar raising £35,000 for her chosen charities. In 2006 she finished runner up to Paul Ross in a celebrity edition of BBC's Mastermind and appeared on the celebrity version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? with Jamie Theakston. In December that year she spent a week alongside resident lexicographer, Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner on Countdown.


Peters has appeared twice as a solo guest singer on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night.


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