Anita Carey

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Anita Carey
Born (1948-04-16) 16 April 1948 (age 70)
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Years active1972 - present
Partner(s)Mark Wing-Davey

Anita Carey (born 16 April 1948) is an English actress, best known for playing Joyce Smedley in Coronation Street and more recently for playing Vivien March in Doctors. Carey has had starring roles in British television dramas since the 1970s.


Carey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[1] Some of her early roles were in programmes such as Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, I Didn't Know You Cared and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. She also appeared in the Ripping Yarns episode "The Testing of Eric Olthwaite".[2] She made two appearances in ITV1's 1960s Yorkshire-based drama Heartbeat in 2003 as PC Steve Crane's mother.

In Coronation Street, Carey was cast in the part of Joyce Smedley from 1996 to 1997.[3]

In 2005, Carey played in Midsomer Murders (The House in the Woods) in the role of Barbara Flux.

In 2006, Carey had a small role as a voice actor playing Venat in the PlayStation 2 game Final Fantasy XII.

Recently Carey played the role of receptionist Vivien March in Doctors from 17 May 2007 to March 2009. Her final appearance in the show was on Friday 20 March 2009.[4] For this role Carey was honoured at the 2009 British Soap Awards with the award for 'Best Dramatic Performance'. Her rape storyline also earned the show two additional awards, including 'Best Storyline'.

In 2013 she appeared as Gower in Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Carey lives with actor and director Mark Wing-Davey.[6]


  1. ^ "Anita Carey". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Anita Carey". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Anita Carey". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ BBC. "BBC - Drama - Doctors - Characters - Vivien March". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Berkeley Rep". Archived from the original on 28 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Anita Carey". Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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