Alison Pargeter

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Alison Pargeter
Born31 May 1972 (1972-05-31) (age 48)
Rock & Chips
Mary Slessor

Alison Pargeter (born 31 May 1972) is an English actress who played the roles of stalker Sarah Cairns in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Mary Slessor in an 11-part television series of Mary Slessor, the Nag's Head barmaid called Val in the BBC Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips, and Margaret Campbell in the third series of Outlander.


Television appearances[edit]

Pargeter has made several guest appearances over the years, she has appeared in the Channel 5 Horror series Urban Gothic, the long-running ITV police drama series The Bill, Strange, Dalziel and Pascoe, and Holby City.

Between that time in 2004, she played a recurring role which was Martin Fowler's stalker Sarah Cairns in EastEnders, who appeared in 21 episodes, She was a barmaid who worked in Angie's Den club, and tried to split Martin Fowler up from his wife Sonia following a drunken night together. She exited the series following a fight where she accidentally stabbed Martin and got committed to a mental institution.

Sinces leaving EastEnders she moved back, and returned to doing guest appearances again, including The Courtroom, Love Soup, Channel 4 comedy series Green Wing, and returned for a second guest appearance in The Bill.

In 2008, Pargeter played another major the role called Mary Slessor in the Mary Slessor an 11-part television series.

Since then, she went back to doing guest appearances onces again, such as the Channel 4 comedy series Pete Versus Life, Rock & Chips, The Crimson Petal and the White, 24: Live Another Day inciding three guest roles in Doctors, Crashing, Outlander, The Dumping Ground, four guest roles in Casualty, Vanity Fair, Chernobyl, Catch-22 and most recently she appeared in Father Brown.

In 2004 she appeared in the television advertisement for John Smith's bitter "Annie, I'm not your Daddy" which starred Peter Kay. Also in 2012 she appeared in a television advertisement for Miracle Whip: Village. Most recently she played a role as a house wife for TV commercial Volvic Juicy drink.


Pargeter has appeared in seven films such as Calendar Girls (2003), Mad George (2004), Angel (2007), Reuniting the Rubins (2010), The National Union of Space People (2016), The Little Stranger (2018) and Shafted (2018) which is currently still in pre-production.


Pargeter was a member of the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, where she was directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn in a trilogy of plays known collectively as Damsels in Distress, which subsequently transferred to the West End. For this, she won Best Newcomer in the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and was nominated for an Evening Standard award, Manchester Evening News Award and a Whatsonstage Award.[citation needed]

Later parts include Sugar Daddies, again written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn; She Stoops to Conquer at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, for which she was nominated for a second Manchester Evening News award;[citation needed] and the title role of Effie Gray in The Countess, playing opposite Nick Moran at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly in June 2005. She also spent a year touring in the musical Grease playing the role of Jan who was one of the Pink Ladies in 1999.

In 2008 she recorded the voice of 'Wendy Darling' in a musical adaptation of Peter Pan with the music lyrics by Dallison/Wherry and was also narrated by Joe Parquale as 'Smee'.

Pargeter has starred in several Christmas Pantomimes for children over the years, she appeared in Alice in Wonderland, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.

In July 2011 Pargeter played the role of Gertrude Riall at the Manchester International Festival in a Victoria Wood's play called That Day We Sang.

Between February and June 2013, Pargeter went on A National Tour and played the role of Eliante in the Roger McGough's play called The Misanthrope and on 10 March 2013 The Misanthrope also went live from the Everyman Playhouse and English Touring Theatre on BBC Radio 3.

Between 2013 and 2016, she appeared in two more stage plays including Sex Cells and her more recent was All My Sons.



Year Film Role Notes
2018 Shafted Svetlana Gobbleoff Pre-Production
The Little Stranger Maid
2016 The National Union of Space People Danielle Chief Completed
2010 Reuniting the Rubins Nurse
2007 Angel Edwina
2004 Mad George Sandra Short Film
2003 Calendar Girls Chemist's Assistant


Year TV Show Role Notes
2020 The Crown Buckingham Palace Maid 1 2 episodes

Episode Fagan
Episode War

Father Brown Anna Bailey 1 episode : Episode 8:6 The Numbers of The Beast
2019 Catch-22 Nurse Cramer 1 episode : Episode 6
Chernobyl BCP HQ Aide Female 1 episode

Episode Please Remain Calm

2018 Vanity Fair Glorvina O'Dowd 2 episodes

Episode in Which a Painter's Daughter Meets a King
Episode Endings And Beginnings

Casualty Theresa Jordons 1 episode
2017 The Dumping Ground Janet Umbleby 5 episodes

Episode Back in the Game - Part 1
Episode Back in the Game - Part 2
Episode The Fairytale Princess
Episode #Save The DG
Episode What Lies Beneath

Outlander Margaret Campbell 3 episodes :

Episode Creme de Menthe
Episode The Bakra
Episode Eye of the Storm

2016 Crashing Nurse 1 episode : Episode 6
2015 Casualty Flo Hill 1 episode : Episode Maybe This Year
Suspicion Anita 1 episode : Episode Death Next Door
2014 Quiet Desperation Gabby Pilot
Doctors Matilda 3 episodes

Episode The Moon Girl Chronicles: Part One
Episode The Moon Girl Chronicles: Part Two
Episode Love Is A Battefield

24: Live Another Day Lydia 1 episode: Episode 10:00 p.m.-11:00 a.m.
2013 Toast of London Senna Poddington 1 episode : Episode Vanity Project
2012 Doctors Annie Hanks 1 episode : Episode Ticks And Twitches
2010–2011 Rock & Chips Val 3 episodes

Pilot Special
Five Gold Rings
The Frog and the Pussycat

2011 The Crimson Petal and the White Amelia TV mini-series, 1 episode : Episode 4
2010 Pete Versus Life Valerie 1 episode : Episode Ollie's Girlfriend
2009 Casualty Rosie Pullen 1 episode: Episode Could We Be Heroes?
2008 Doctors Nina Jarvis 1 episode : I Know What You Did Last Semester
Mary Slessor Mary Slessor 11 episodes
2007 The Bill Shelley Cooper 2 episodes

Episode Line of Fire: Part 1
Episode Line of Fire: Part 2

EastEnders Vixens: The Rise and Fall of Stella Herself One-off documentary
2006 Casualty Donna Carlyle 1 episode: Episode in Good Faith
Green Wing Nurse 1 episode : Episode #2.1
2005 Love Soup Siobhan 1 episode : Episode There Must Be Some Way Out of Here
2004 The Courtroom Deborah Harker 2 episodes

Episode Five Below Zero
Episode Zero

EastEnders Sarah Cairns 21 episodes
GMTV Herself 1 episode
Richard & Judy Herself 1 episode
Holby City Sylvia Dyson 1 episode : Episode The Kindness of Strangers
Dalziel and Pascoe Barmaid 1 episolde : Episode A Game of Soldiers
2003 Strange Natalie 1 episode : Episode Incubus
2001 The Bill Katie 1 episode : Episode Billy The Kid
2000 Urban Gothic Leila Haze 1 episode : Episode Sum of the Parts
Unknown Crimewatch Unknown Role unknown episodes
Anything's Possible and Whodunnit Unknown Role unknown episodes
1996 Self-Medication-A Prescription For Change Cast Member unknown episodes


Year Radio Show Role Play
2013 Drama on 3 Eliante The Misanthrope Live from the Everyman Playhouse and English Touring Theatre, BBC Radio 3, 10 March 2013

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Stage Role Theatre
2016 All My Sons Sue Bayliss Rose Theatre Kingston
2013 Sex Cells Sylvie Riverside Studios
The Misanthrope Eliante National Tour
2011 That Day We Sang Gertrude Riall Manchester International Festival
2009–2010 Cinderella Fairy Godmother Salisbury Playhouse
2008 Peter Pan The Musical Wendy Darling (Voice) Unknown Theatre
2007–2008 Jack and the Beanstalk Princess Melody Barbican Giles Haveral
2007 Tender Dearly Phoebe West Yorkshire Playhouse
Magpie Park Poppy West Yorkshire Playhouse
2006 Alice in Wonderland Alice Birmingham Rep
She Stoops to Conquer Kate Hardcastle Manchester Royal Exchange
2005 The Countess Effie Gray West End
2004 Season's Greetings Pattie SJT / Touring
2003 Sugar Daddies Sasha SJT / Touring
2001–2002 FlatSpin Rosie Seymour SJT / Touring / West End
GamePlan Kelly Butcher SJT / Touring / West End
RolePlay Paige Petite SJT / Touring / West End
2000 Whenever Emily Stephen Joseph Theatre
1999 Grease Jan National Tour
1997 Dinosaur Rock Gina Poole Polka Theatre
Unknown Out in the Cold Daughter BAC
A Happy End Sister Mary Bridewell Theatre
Berfore The Party Susie Prince Theatre
Children in Uniform Ilse Von Treiscke / BCA

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