Julia Deakin

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Julia Deakin
Born 1952 (age 64–65)
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
Spouse(s) Michael Simkins

Julia Deakin (born 1952) is an English actress born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.


In theatre, Deakin has played Mrs. Sowerberry in the West End cast of Oliver!, singing the song "That's Your Funeral" with David Delve on a recording.

On television, Deakin played Stella Tulley in Side by Side and Marsha, the ageing divorcée landlady, in the British sitcom Spaced (1999).

Deakin earlier appeared in the television sitcom Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1996–1997), where she played the role of May Skinner, replacing Sherrie Hewson from the original pilot. She has also made many single television appearances, including playing Jill, the receptionist from Pear Tree Productions, in one episode of the first series of I'm Alan Partridge, a rural dominatrix in Doc Martin as well as roles in Midsomer Murders and Coronation Street. She appeared in the sketch comedy series Big Train alongside fellow Spaced cast members Simon Pegg and Mark Heap. She plays Dr. Jean in the Alan segments on Modern Toss.

She has appeared on radio, as Eva Tattle in The Maltby Collection. She also guest starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Terror Firma for Big Finish Productions.

She portrayed the role of Mrs. Daphne Andrews in House of Anubis. Her character left in season two. It has been announced she will not return for season three.


Deakin played the pub landlady Mary Porter in the film Hot Fuzz by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, she had a cameo in the feature film Shaun of the Dead (2004). In 2009 she was cast as Maggie, a Brighton mother in Ben Wheatley's British crime film Down Terrace. She later appeared in Ben Wheatley's 2015 cinema adaptation of High-Rise as Jean, the assistant to protagonist Dr. Laing.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to actor and author Michael Simkins.


Year Title Role
1992 So Haunt Me Carole with a E
1994 Mother's Ruin Brucella Pashley
1996–1997 Oh Doctor Beeching May Skinner
1997 Spark Ursula Craig
1997 I'm Alan Partridge Jill
1999 and 2001 Spaced Marsha Klein
1999 and 2000 Hope and Glory Jude Jakes
2006–2011 Doctors Various
2011–2012 House of Anubis Daphne Andrews
2012 Scott & Bailey Scary Mary Jackson
2013- Big Bad World Shirley
2014- The Midnight Beast Sylvia
2015 Holby City Carole Copeland
2017 Back Ellen


Year Title Role
1985 Mr. Love Melanie
1990 Dancin' Thru the Dark Bernadette King
1994 Staggered Brenda
2000 Liam Auntie Aggie
2002 Pure Mrs. Rawlings
2004 Shaun of the Dead Yvonne's Mum
2004 Between Two Women Alice
2007 Hot Fuzz Mary Porter
2009 Down Terrace Maggie
2012 The Sweeney Older Woman
2013 The World's End B&B Landlady
2015 High-Rise Jean

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