Julie Peasgood

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Julie Peasgood
Born Julie May Peasgood
(1956-05-28) 28 May 1956 (age 60)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Occupation Actress, television presenter, author
Years active 1970s–present
Spouse(s) Peter McEnery (?-?, divorced)
Dallas Smith (1987–1997, divorced)
Patrick Pearson (1998–present)
Children Kate McEnery
Website http://www.juliepeasgood.com

Julie May Peasgood (born 28 May 1956 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire) is an English actress, television presenter, author and voice over artist known for her distinctive voice. She was a pupil at Grimsby's Wintringham School. She is best known for her role as Fran Pearson in the television soap Brookside (1991–93). She later played Jo Steadman in Emmerdale in 1997 and Jacqui Hudson in Hollyoaks from 2001–02.


Peasgood was born to working class parents from Northern England.[1] Her mother had started work as a tightrope walker and juggler in Bertram Mills Circus. There she had met her father, who was a welfare officer for the Grimsby Dock Labour Board.[1] After leaving school she worked in a fish and chip shop in Cleethorpes before training at the Arts Educational School in Golden Lane, London. She left the school shortly before her course finished to take the title role in 'Cherryripe and the Lugworm Digger', which was the first in the series 'Seven Faces of Woman' for ITV.[2]

She is the mother of the actress Kate McEnery by her first marriage to Peter McEnery, whom she acted opposite in Ron Daniel's Royal Shakespeare Company production of Pericles in 1979.[2] She has been married since 1998 to actor Patrick Pearson.

Acting career[edit]

Peasgood was with the RSC for five years,[when?] where she played the role of Tilda (Matilda) Price in the original production of Nicholas Nickleby directed by Trevor Nunn.[citation needed] She was also in the production of Inadmissible Evidence, directed by John Osborne at the Royal Court, and has performed at the Old Vic, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, the Orange Tree and the West End.[2]

On television she is probably most recognised for the roles of Fran Pearson in Brookside and Jo Steadman in Emmerdale. However, she has appeared in numerous other television series. Among her other credits include appearances in Hollyoaks where she played Jacqui Hudson, First Born, September Song, Taggart, A Woman's Guide to Adultery, Cherryripe and the Lugworm Digger, Carla Lane's Luv, Doctors, The Bill, Holby City, 4 Play, Spender, Ruth Rendell's Simisola, Dancers, This Year, Next Year, the original 1970s series of Survivors, Boon and Small World.[2]

She appeared in the 1983 horror film House of the Long Shadows,[3] which starred Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee.

She started to do voice overs in the 1980s, and has voiced several hundred television and radio commercials. She is perhaps most well known in this role for a 1990s advert for Bird's Eye Frozen Peas. In 2003, Peasgood was known as the "queen of the ad voice overs".[1]

On radio she has appeared in Galton and Simpson's Impasse on BBC Radio 2, in which she played Mrs Spooner, opposite Mitchell and Webb. She also played the leading role of Shirley in Venus to Go on BBC Radio 4.[2]

Presenting career[edit]

Peasgood is also a TV presenter, and won the Royal Television Society's TV Personality of the Year Award in 2004, for her series Great Little Breaks. Other credits include Bootsale Challenge, Loose Women, This Morning, Wish You Were Here...?, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Turf Wars on UKTV Style,A Buyer's Guide to Spain on Real Estate TV which she wrote, directed and presented with her husband actor Patrick Pearson, and Crafty Beggars for TLC which she co-produced and co-presented with business partner Wendy Turner Webster (sister of TV personality Anthea Turner) being the first venture for their company Good Turn Productions.

Other work[edit]

She contributed a vocal performance to Creative Reality's survival horror videogame Martian Gothic: Unification which was released in 2000.[2][4] She later spoke out against violent video games, emphasising their negative effects, and attracted some criticism due to her contribution to Martian Gothic.[5][6]

Her first book, The Greatest Sex Tips in the World, was launched at the London Book Fair on 16 April 2007[7] and went on to earn her Best Sex Writer Award from Scarlet Magazine. She currently has two regular magazine columns, is Contributing Editor of Cruise International magazine and writes about travel for a number of newspapers, magazines and websites.

Peasgood is also a public speaker and events host.


2016 "Casualty" Martha Chaney
2013 PaversShoes TV (UK) Presenter
2012 Travel Channel (UK) Presenter
2011 The Wright Stuff Panellist
2007– The Alan Titchmarsh Show Sexpert/Discussion Contributor
2008 Cash in the Celebrity Attic Herself
2008 Doctors Eleanor Warden
2007 The Bill Dawn Collins
2006 Doctors Ruth Farrell
2004 Can't Buy Me Love Janice
2004 Holby City Julie Sweeny
2003 Good Food Live Herself: Guest host
2001 An Audience with Des O'Connor Herself (uncredited)
2001 Doctors Mel
2001 Esther Herself
2001 Hollyoaks: Indecent Behaviour Jacqui Hudson
2001 Live Talk Panellist
2001 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Herself
2000 Holby City Maddy Moorcroft
2000–2001 Hollyoaks Jacqui Hudson
2000 Martian Gothic: Unification Harroway
1999 Come Home For Christmas (Meridian TV) Herself
1998 My Favourite Hymns Herself
1997 Emmerdale Jo Steadman
1997 Give Us a Clue Herself (team captain)
1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Cookie Dix
1995 Men of the World Mandy
1995 Bugs Lena
1995 The Bill Mrs Parsons
1994 The Good Sex Guide Herself
1994 The Late Show Herself
1994 Murder Most Horrid Waitress
1994 Chandler & Co Carmen Talbot
1993–1994 Luv Eden
1993 Newshound Herself
1993 A Woman's Guide to Adultery Sandra
1993 Taggart Michelle Duncan
1993 September Song Roxy
1993 The 10 Percenters Trudy
1991–1993 Brookside Fran Pearson
1991 2point4 Children Pauline
1991 Perfect Scoundrels Nelly
1991 Spender Booney
1991 Van der Valk Christina Molders
1990 Boon Sue Harper
1989 Alas Smith & Jones
1989 4 Play: Chains of Love Hazel
1988 Brush Strokes Jane
1988 First Born Anne Forester
1988 Small World Cheryl Summerbee
1986 A Dangerous Kind of Love
1985 The Optimist Mimi
1983 House of the Long Shadows Mary Norton
1982 Play for Today: Whistling Wally Kath
1979 Everyday Maths
1978 The Law Centre
1978 Play of the Month: The Beaux' Stratagem Cherry
1978 The Lake Barbara
1977 This Year Next Year Kath Shaw
1976 Clayhanger Ada
1975 Survivors Judy
1975 Five Red Herrings Fenella Strachan
1975 The Romantic Englishwoman New Nanny
1975 Sadie, It's Cold Outside Cashier
1975 A Journey to London Miss Betty Headpiece
1974 Seven Faces of Woman Gaye Kingdom


  1. ^ a b c Anstead, Mark (10 May 2003). "Jobs & Money: Fame and fortune: Living up to the nines: Mark Anstead talks to an actress who managed to pay off her mortgage by doing an advert for frozen peas, says she has a psychic to thank for her good fortune and buys rocking horses as an investment but only 'if they look happy'". The Guardian (Manchester, UK). p. 14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Julie Peasgood CV
  3. ^ Julie Peasgood at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Martian Gothic: Unification at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Arnott, Jack (20 March 2010). "Alan Titchmarsh: not a fan of video games". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Julie Peasgood acted in horror video game". Computerandvidegames. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Amazon.co.uk". 

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