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30 September 1936|
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Since 2003, Johnson has played the role of Pearl Ladderbanks in ITV's popular soap opera Emmerdale. Prior to joining Emmerdale, Johnson was a part of the axed UK soap Brookside, playing Brigid McKenna for three years. In the early 1980s she also played the part of Eunice Gee in Coronation Street, a role she briefly reprised in 1999. She also played Brenda Holden in 4 episodes of Coronation Street in 1976.
In November 1997, she was in the original cast of the London revival of Chicago playing the matron Mama Morton, the prison warder, for more than a year. She can be heard on the London Cast Recording of Chicago, singing "When You're Good to Mama" and "Class".
She has enjoyed a long, successful career in musical theatre, playing in the UK premiere of Follies in Manchester and the 1987 London production of the same show, Mama Rose in Gypsy at Sheffield, Karen in Applause in Manchester.
Following her role in Coronation Street she appeared sporadically on television, and was a part of the cast of Victoria Wood As Seen On TV (from 1985 to 1987) alongside Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and others. Johnson is married to the former Granada Television continuity announcer, Charles Foster.
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