Linda Robson

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Linda Robson
Born Linda Patricia Mary Robson[1]
(1958-03-13) 13 March 1958 (age 57)
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 Patricia Mary 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.

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 educated at Ecclesbourne Primary School, and at the private, fee-paying Anna Scher Theatre School, both 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 reached the semi-finals.

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. In 2012, Robson became a regular panellist on the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women, after having previously appeared as a guest.[3]

Birds of a Feather[edit]

Main article: Birds of a Feather

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). The series will be filmed in 2015 and aired in early 2016.[6]


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
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"
1989–1998, 2014— Birds of a Feather Tracey Stubbs Regular role
2003, 2010–2011, 2012— Loose Women Herself Regular panellist
2007 Britain's Youngest Brides Narrator One-off documentary
2008 Celebrity MasterChef Herself Contestant
2010 Casualty Demanding patient 4 episodes
2012 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Herself Contestant
Guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
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.[13] She is married with three children: Lauren (born 1984), Louis (born 1992) and Bobbie (born 1997). She became a grandmother in 2012.

Robson's father was a chain-smoker, who died of lung cancer when he was 57.[14] 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.[15][16]

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.[17]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ "Linda Robson | Panellists | Presenters | Loose Women". ITV. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Birds of a Feather recommissioned for second ITV series - TV News". Digital Spy. 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Birds of a Feather recommissioned for second series | presscentre". 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  6. ^ Eames, Tom. "Birds of a Feather renewed for 12th series by ITV - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  7. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Living with Mother, Series 2, Told You I Was Ill". 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Children in Need - Gareth Malone forms an all-star choir for the Official BBC Children in Need single". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  9. ^ Gareth Malone (2014-09-25). "Gareth Malone to form All-Star Choir for official BBC Children in Need single 2014 - Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  10. ^ "Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities - TV News". Digital Spy. 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Celebrity Squares Episode 5 | "ITV Press Centre"". 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  12. ^ "Mel & Sue | Series 1 - Episode 3". Radio Times. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  13. ^ Loose Women, 29 January 2013
  14. ^ This Morning, 24 January 2012
  15. ^ "Smoking in cars - Linda Robson". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  16. ^ "Twitter / LindaRobson58: @MediaEyeTweets @DavidHarewood". 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  17. ^ Kirsty Mccormack (2012-02-22). "Linda Robson and Pauline Quirk stick to their diets as they attempt to break a world record | Mail Online". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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