Jacqueline Leonard

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Jacqueline Leonard
Born (1965-11-28) 28 November 1965 (age 55)
TelevisionPeak Practice (1993–1996)
EastEnders (1996–1997)
Doctors (2000–2001)
River City (2007–2010, 2017–2019)
Coronation Street (2015)
Spouse(s)Alex Mansfield

Jacqueline Leonard (born 28 November 1965) is an English actress. She is known for playing Sarah Preston in the ITV drama Peak Practice from 1993 to 1996, Lorraine Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1996 to 1997, Dr. Caroline Powers in the BBC medical drama Doctors from 2000 to 2001, Lydia Murdoch in the Scottish soap opera River City from 2007 to 2010 and again from 2017 to 2019, and as Linda Hancock in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Leonard was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK. She was a pupil at Greenlands High School in Blackpool.[1] Leonard trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and was the winner of the Michael Warre Award for Best Actress in 1988.


Leonard has been appearing on British television since the early 1990s. She has had roles in May to December in 1992, A Time to Dance in 1992, Inspector Morse in 1993 and Peak Practice 1993 to 1996, where she played Sarah Preston for four series. Following this she was cast as Lorraine Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role she played from 1996 to 1997. She took a year off work when she left EastEnders to move from London to Lancashire and care for her sick mother.[2]

Leonard subsequently appeared in television series including Doctors where she played one of the original characters Dr. Caroline Powers from 2000 to 2001, Nice Guy Eddie (2002), Holby City (2003), The Bill (2004), The Courtroom (2004), Goldplated (2006) and Hollyoaks (2007), Holby City (2010). In 2007, Leonard joined the cast of Scottish soap opera River City playing Lydia Murdoch. She quit the role in 2010. In 2017 Leonard reprised the role of Lydia Murdoch, she then quit the role again in 2019 when her character was accidentally killed by her husband Lenny. Although her character was killed off, Leonard continued to appear in the show several times as a ghost only viable to her widow Lenny. Leonard's final appearance was on 30 September 2019.

Her film credits include Chaplin (1992), ID (1995), There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (1999) and The Wicker Tree (2011). On stage she has appeared in Look Back in Anger, The Taming of the Shrew,A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Clockwork Orange, Wuthering Heights and Behind the Green Curtain.

In 2011, Leonard auditioned and was shortlisted for the role of Stella Price in Coronation Street but lost out to former EastEnders actress Michelle Collins.[3]

In 2014, it was announced that she was joining the cast as Linda Hancock, the ex-wife of established character Owen Armstrong and mother of Katie Armstrong and Izzy Armstrong.[4] She made her first appearance in February 2015.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 May to December Mrs Colding 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "I'm Old Fashioned", Episode Dated: 22 March 1992
A Time to Dance Theresa Kennedy 3 Episodes
Chaplin Yankee Doodle Dancer Film Role
Screen Two Gwen 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Memento Mori", Episode Dated: 19 April 1992
1993 Full Stretch Lisa Nelkin 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Ivory Tower", Episode Dated: 5 January 1993
Inspector Morse Miss Sarah Spillers 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "The Day of the Devil", Episode Dated: 13 January 1993
1993–1996 Peak Practice Sarah Preston Series Regular, 17 Episodes
1995 Ghosts Sara 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Three Miles Up", Episode Dated: 18 February 1995
ID Jaq Film Role
1996 In Suspicious Circumstances Kathleen Smith 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "The Silent Witness", Episode Dated: 5 August 1996
1996–1997 EastEnders Lorraine Wicks Series Regular, 166 Episodes
1999 Maisie Raine Sally Murphy 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Old Scores", Episode Dated: 25 June 1999
2000 There's Only One Jimmy Grimble Kath Film Role
2000–2001 Doctors Dr. Caroline Powers Series Regular, 157 Episodes
2002 Nice Guy Eddie Norma 1 Episode, Episode Dated: 14 July 2002
2003 Holby City Gwen Baker 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Mum's the World", Episode Dated: 3 June 2003
2004 The Bill Tina Taylor 1 Episode, Episode Dated: 3 March 2004
2006 Goldplated Faye Blonde Regular Role, 8 Episodes
2007 Hollyoaks Valerie Holden 1 Episode, Episode Dated: 6 September 2007
2007–2010, 2017–2019 River City Lydia Murdoch Series Regular, (2007–2010), Recurring (2017–2019)
2010 Holby City Jackie Eddon 5 Episodes
2011 Waterloo Road Pamela Dunbar 1 Episode, Episode Dated: 11 May 2011
The Wicker Tree Lady Delia Morrison Film role
2012 Stepping Up Miss Pearce 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Home Games", Episode Dated: 4 September 2012
2014 Casualty Judith Miles 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Born Lucky", Episode Dated: 4 October 2014
2015 Coronation Street Linda Hancock Recurring Role, 15 Episodes


  1. ^ Philip Smith, Bispham High School Librarian, 29 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Doctors go on call". BBC. 23 March 2000.
  3. ^ Eames, Tom (4 June 2011). "Jacqueline Leonard 'almost landed Corrie role'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (18 November 2014). "Corrie: Jacqueline Leonard joins cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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