Lesley Joseph

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lesley Joseph
Lesley Joseph Breath of Fresh Air.JPG
Joseph hosting A Breath of Fresh Air, June 2008
Born Lesley Diana Joseph
(1945-10-14) 14 October 1945 (age 70)
Hackney, London, England
Occupation Broadcaster, actress
Years active 1969–present
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Television Birds of a Feather
Religion Jewish
Partner(s) Carl Littlejohn
Children 2

Lesley Diana Joseph[1][2] (born 14 October 1945[3]) is an English actress and broadcaster, best known for playing Dorien Green in the popular sitcom Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998 and then again since 2014.

Early life[edit]

Lesley was born in Hackney, London and grew up in Northampton.[4] Lesley's mother was born in May 1912, and is still alive at 104 in 2016.[5]



In May 1973, Lesley appeared in GODSPELL at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth.

Lesley starred in Cinderella at Plymouth Theatre Royal in 2008 and the Orchard Theatre in Dartford in 2009,[6] and starred as Myra Wilson in the UK Tour of Hot Flush!. In 2014, Hot Flush! embarked on its third UK tour.

From 4 December 2010 to 22 January 2011, she appeared at The Grand Opera House, Belfast as the Wicked Queen in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In the summer of 2011, Lesley appeared as Chris in the stage show Calendar Girls, based on the film of the same name.

In 2014/15, she appeared at the Theatre Royal Nottingham as the Wicked Queen in the pantomime 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In 2015, she appeared as Miss Hannigan in the stage production of Annie for certain performances.

Birds of a Feather[edit]

Main article: Birds of a Feather

From 1989 to 1998, Lesley played Dorien Green in the sitcom Birds of a Feather which, at the time, aired on the BBC

In December 2011, it was confirmed that Lesley would reunite with fellow Birds of a Feather cast members, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke, for a theatre adaptation of the series. The trio toured the United Kingdom from May to July 2012.

A new series of Birds of a Feather was filmed after the rights had been acquired by ITV. The new series began airing on 2 January 2014 for eight episodes. In March, it was confirmed that a second series had been ordered which began airing on 26 December. Following this, a third series was commissioned.[7] This series aired in early 2016.

To celebrate the return of Birds of a Feather, Lesley, Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson appeared as guest panellists on Loose Women on 16 January 2014.

Further TV work[edit]

Lesley starred in the ITV soap Night and Day from 2001 to 2003 playing the show's resident bitch, Rachel Culgrin.

In 2002, Lesley appeared on a special edition of What Not to Wear, where she was given a makeover by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.

In 2004, she starred in The Vagina Monologues opposite Linda Robson and Mica Paris.[8]

Since 2009, she has been a regular newspaper reviewer on This Morning. She appeared in the 2014 series Secrets of the Asylum, a two-part series for ITV. In 2015, Lesley took part in ITV's celebrity sheep herding series Flockstars, beginning on 30 July.[9]

In 2014, Lesley appeared with Forrest Dunbar on ITV2's Freshers: A Year On.


Lesley began a radio show in 2008 on BBC London 94.9 with Christopher Biggins, airing every Sunday between 9am to 12pm. Biggins left the show after a few months, but Lesley has continued to host. She also stands in for Vanessa Feltz on her weekday morning talk when Feltz is on holiday.

Personal life[edit]

Lesley is Jewish.[10] She supports Tottenham Hotspur and lives in Hampstead, north west London. She has two children; a son and daughter.


Year Title Role References
1969 The Bastard King Catherine of Braganza
1974 Another Mother Makes Five Gypsy Woman
1975 Sadie, It's Cold Outside Cashier
1979 The Knowledge Val
1980 Minder Maureen
1981 Roots Melanie Goldblatt
1983 Number 10 Rose Rosenburg
1985 Summer Season
1985 Absurd Person Singular Lottie Potter
1987 First Sight Pippa
1988 Lea Girls Shop Assistant
1989 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Rose Farriner's Neighbour
1989–1998, 2014— Birds of a Feather Dorien Green
1995 Rumble Ma Pecs
1996 Spywatch Miss Millington
1998 Macbeth Witch
2001–2003 Night and Day Rachel Culgrin
2005 Lost Dogs Maria-Carmen Todd
2006 The Secret of Eel Island Green Beryl
2007 Kings of 70s Romance Narrator
2008 The Slammer Erica the Critic
2008 Celebrity Juice Amy Whinehouse
2009 Scoop Receptionist/ Mrs Green
2009— This Morning Newspaper reviewer
2011 Little Crackers Wardrobe Mistress
2014 Secrets from the Asylum Contributor
2015 Flockstars Competitor
Guest appearances


External links[edit]