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12 April 1959
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
|Years active||1994 - present|
Janice "Jan" Pearson (born 12 April 1959, Wollaston, Worcestershire) is an English actress known for playing receptionist Karen Hollins in the BBC1's daytime soap Doctors which she joined in February 2009. In 2010, Pearson won the award of 'Best On-Screen Partnership' for her role as Karen Hollins with Chris Walker.
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Born and brought up in Wollaston near Stourbridge, Pearson always wanted to be a doctor. When she realised she did not have the qualifications to become a general practitioner she wanted to be an actress. When Pearson was younger she worked in the Royal Exchange pub on High Street in Stourbridge for many years.
Pearson has played Ann Davis in The Bill, Kath Shaughnessy in Holby City, Heather Deans in Silent Witness and she has also appeared in Wycliffe and now portrays receptionist Karen Hollins on Doctors. Pearson appeared as a Pandemonium Drummer in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and as a Marshall in the closing ceremony.
In 2001, she appeared on the BBC's Children in Need with two other Holby City cast members, one of them was Adrian Lewis Morgan who played Liam Evans in Holby City and now plays Dr. Jimmi Clay in Doctors with Pearson.
Pearson is represented by Creative Artists Management.
Career on Doctors
From 23 February 2009, Pearson landed the role of Black Country receptionist, Karen Hollins, in the BBC soap opera, Doctors. From her first appearance Jan, as Karen, was a big hit with the viewers, along with her very dysfunctional family; Rob Hollins (Chris Walker), Imogen Hollins (Charlie Clemmow) & Jack Hollins (Nicolas Woodman).
Pearson attended the British Soap Awards in 2009 and 2010. She wasn't nominated for any awards in 2009 but in the 2010 Soap Awards Pearson & Chris Walker, who plays Jan's on-screen husband Rob Hollins, they were nominated for 'Best On-Screen Partnership', alongside EastEnders', Patsy Palmer & Sid Owen, from Coronation Street, Katherine Kelly & Simon Gregson and Emmerdale's Nick Miles & Nicola Wheeler. Pearson and Walker won the award adding the second win of the night for Doctors.
In the 2011 Soap Awards, Doctors was only nominated for Best Single Episode, Best Storyline and Best British Soap. The Single Episode and Storyline Nominations came from Pearson's performance as Karen, when Karen fell pregnant just before Christmas 2010 and the abortion that followed in February 2011. Doctors did not win the award.