Linda Robson

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Linda Robson
Born Linda Patricia Mary Robson[1]
(1958-03-13) 13 March 1958 (age 59)
Islington, North London, England
Residence Islington, North London, England
Occupation Actress, presenter
Years active 1970–present
Television Birds of a Feather
Loose Women
Spouse(s) Mark Dunford (m. 1990)[2]
Children 3

Linda Robson (born 13 March 1958) is an English actress and presenter, best known for playing Tracey Stubbs in the sitcom Birds of a Feather between 1989 and 1998 and 2014 onwards and her appearances as a weekly panellist on the ITV series Loose Women from 2012.

In 2011, Robson appeared in the film Anuvahood as K's mum Pauline. In 2012, Robson took part in the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, coming in 9th place.

Early life[edit]

Robson was born in Islington, London to an English father and an Irish mother. Robson was educated at Ecclesbourne Primary School, Shelburne Secondary School for Girls, The Young Actors Theatre and the Anna Scher Theatre School, all in Islington.

Early career[edit]

Robson had a non-speaking role as a young girl amidst a group of roaming 'survivors' in the second series of the original BBC Survivors drama screened in 1976 and then appeared in Pauline's Quirkes (her first regular appearance with Pauline Quirke) and the drama series The Crezz, the comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon in 1982 and the IRA drama Harry's Game.



Robson subsequently appeared in programmes such as The Bill and Crossroads. She appeared with Jenny Eclair and Dillie Keane in the original cast of Grumpy Old Women Live, a spin-off from the television series Grumpy Old Women, written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder. On 9 August 2007, she narrated a show for ITV, called Britain's Youngest Brides. In July 2008, Robson entered Celebrity MasterChef and went out in the first round.

In July 2010, Robson made a guest appearance in BBC drama series Casualty, playing the mother of a young man with bipolar disorder. Robson was the first celebrity to arrive in Australia ahead of the 2012 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, but was voted out on the 13th day in the camp on 23 November 2012, finishing in 9th place.

Robson made her debut as a guest panellist on Loose Women on 19 August 2003, appearing alongside Kaye Adams, Carol McGiffin & Terri Dwyer. Robson returned to the show as a guest panellist on 2 December 2010, before returning as an occasional panellist from 11 November 2011, soon later regular panellist Jenny Eclair left the show in June 2012, this meant Robson was made a regular panellist on 19 June 2012, replacing Eclair. As of 2016 Robson appears on Loose Women 1 or 2 times a week.[3] Robson made 3 appearances during Series 16, 28 appearances in Series 17, 44 appearances in Series 18, 35 appearances in Series 19 and 57 appearances in Series 20. Robson in Series 21, has so far as of 21 October 2016, made 8 appearances. On 12 November 2016 Robson appeared on Tipping Point Lucky Stars on ITV

Birds of a Feather[edit]

Robson played Tracey Stubbs in the BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998, starring with Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph. In 2013, it was announced that Birds of a Feather was to return for a tenth series, this time airing on the ITV network. The first episode aired on 2 January 2014 to an audience of over 8 million. After a successful tenth series, it was announced in 2014 that Birds of a Feather would return for an eleventh series, which began on 26 December 2014.[4][5] In March 2015, it was announced that ITV had commissioned a third revived series (twelfth overall) which began airing in January 2016.[6] The Final Series has been ordered but will not air until late 2017 at the earliest.


Robson is an occasional guest presenter for BBC London 94.9. In November 2012, she played the part of Lisa, the hypochondriac mother of Luke (Daniel Mays) in Alexander Kirk's play Told You I Was Ill, episode two in the series Living with Mother on BBC Radio 4.[7]

Other work[edit]

In November 2014, Robson was a part of Gareth Malone's 'All Star Choir',[8] who released a cover version of Wake Me Up to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need.[9] The single reached No.1 on the Official UK Singles Chart.


Date Programme Role Notes
1976 Pauline's Quirkes Herself Recurring role
1978 Out Mo Series written by Trevor Preston
1980 Agony Mary Episode: "Hospital Romances" (series 3)
1982 Harry's Game Theresa McCorrigan Minor role
1982 The Agatha Christie Hour Edna Episode: "The Middle-Aged Wife"
1988 CivvyStreet Flo Medeemey Spin-off episode of EastEnders
1988 The Bill Janet Simmons Cafe Waitress one episode
1989–1998, 2014— Birds of a Feather Tracey Stubbs Regular role
2003, 2010–2011, 2012— Loose Women Herself Regular panellist
2006 The Bill Chrissie, stabbed in custody One episode
2007 Britain's Youngest Brides Narrator One-off documentary
2008 Celebrity MasterChef Herself Contestant
2010 Casualty Demanding patient, Louise Costello 4 episodes, 1 episodes
2012 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Herself Contestant
2017/2018 Gone to Pot[10] Herself Participant
Guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Anoop and the Elephant Linda [14]
1976 The Likely Lads Marsha
2011 Anuvahood Pauline (K's mum)
2012 Outside Bet Lil

Personal life[edit]

Robson has lived in Islington, North London all her life.[15] She is married with three children and two grandchildren.

Robson's father was a chain-smoker, who died of lung cancer when he was 57.[16] Her mother also died of cancer in August 2012. In October 2013, Robson voiced an interactive video campaign for the British Lung Foundation aiming to ban smoking in cars with children on board in the United Kingdom, in memory of her father.[17][citation needed]

On an episode of This Morning, Robson matched the Guinness World Record for filling as many pancakes as possible in the space of one minute. She managed to fill six pancakes.[18]


  1. ^ Retrieved 29 July 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Linda Robson | Loose Women". ITV. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Birds of a Feather recommissioned for second ITV series – TV News". Digital Spy. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Birds of a Feather recommissioned for second series | presscentre". 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Eames, Tom. "Birds of a Feather renewed for 12th series by ITV – TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Living with Mother, Series 2, Told You I Was Ill". BBC. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Children in Need – Gareth Malone forms an all-star choir for the Official BBC Children in Need single". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Gareth Malone (25 September 2014). "Gareth Malone to form All-Star Choir for official BBC Children in Need single 2014 – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities – TV News". Digital Spy. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Celebrity Squares Episode 5 | "ITV Press Centre"". 8 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mel & Sue | Series 1 – Episode 3". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Anoop and the Elephant". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  15. ^ Loose Women, 29 January 2013
  16. ^ This Morning, 24 January 2012
  17. ^ "Smoking in cars – Linda Robson". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Kirsty Mccormack (22 February 2012). "Linda Robson and Pauline Quirk stick to their diets as they attempt to break a world record". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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