Siobhan Finneran

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Siobhan Finneran
Born Siobhan Margaret Finneran
(1966-04-26) 26 April 1966 (age 50)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985 – present
Spouse(s) Mark Jordon
(m. 1997 – 2014)
Children Joseph Jordon
Poppy Jordon

Siobhan Margaret Finneran (born 26 April 1966) is an English television and film actress.[1] She is known for her regular roles in the BBC drama Clocking Off (2000-2002), ITV comedy Benidorm (2007-2015), ITV drama Downton Abbey (2010-2013) and BBC drama Happy Valley (2014-). She also starred as Rita in the 1987 film, Rita, Sue and Bob Too and as Mrs Swift in the 2013 film, The Selfish Giant.


Finneran's first major role was as Rita in the 1986 film, Rita, Sue and Bob Too opposite Michelle Holmes and George Costigan. She went on to appear in the British soap operas Coronation Street (1989) and Emmerdale (1998). Since 2007, she has played Janice in ITV's comedy drama Benidorm, appearing in all 6 series and both specials. She appeared in the first 2 episodes of the seventh series, however the Garvey's family left, she is scheduled to return in Series 9 (2017) with the Garvey's. She was also a regular cast member of period drama series Downton Abbey, appearing as lady's maid Sarah O'Brien from 2010-2013. Since leaving Downton Abbey, she has had regular roles in The Syndicate (2013) and Happy Valley (2014). For her role as Mrs Swift in the film The Selfish Giant (2013), she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.

Personal life[edit]

Finneran was married to former Heartbeat star Mark Jordon from 1997 to 2014. They have two children, Joseph and Poppy.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Rita, Sue and Bob Too Rita
1989–1990 Coronation Street Josie Philips TV series
1991 Josie TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.5")
1991 Cannon and Ball's Playhouse: Growing Concern Carol TV film
1991–1992 Motormouth Milly TV series (32 episodes)
1993 Heartbeat Janet TV series (1 episode: "Bringing It All Back Home")
1994 Heartbeat Tax Inspector TV series (1 episode: "Wild Thing")
1995 Peak Practice Caroline Royal TV series (1 episode: "Light at the End of the Tunnel")
1995 Resort to Murder Lena TV mini-series (2 episodes)
1995 New Voices Liz TV series (1 episode: "The King of Farawania")
1995–1996 The Russ Abbot Show TV series (8 episodes)
1996 Out of the Blue Fran Paiton TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 2.6")
1997 Where the Heart Is Carol Bevan TV series (1 episode: "Things Fall Apart")
1998 Hetty Wainthrop Investigates Peggy Rainford TV series (1 episode: "Child's Play")
1998 Emmerdale Heather Hutchinson TV series
1999 The Cops Brenda Walsh TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 2.6")
2000 Always and Everyone Karen Boyd TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 2.4")
2000 City Central Carol Bell TV series (1 episode: "Community Spirit")
2000–2002 Clocking Off Julie O'Neill TV series (21 episodes)
2001 Bob and Rose Marina Marquess TV series (3 episodes)
2002 Blood Strangers WPC Melanie Whitaker TV film
2002 The King and Us Jenny TV film
2002 Shipman Kathleen Adanski TV film
2002 Sparkhouse Sue Bolton TV film
2003 Heartbeat Gloria Brown TV series (1 episode: "Fool For Love")
2004 Passer By Helen Keyes TV film
2004 Conviction Gail Cleary TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.4")
2005 Dalziel and Pascoe Susie Ferdinand TV series (2 episodes)
2005 Casualty Sue Stedding TV series (1 episode: "The Cost of Honesty")
2006 Johnny and the Bomb Mrs Bushell TV film
2006 The Royal Rita Hogg TV series (1 episode: "Keep On Running")
2006 Wire in the Blood D.I. Jan Shields TV series (1 episode "Torment")
2006 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Beverley Clarke TV series (4 episodes)
2007 Boy A Kelly TV film
2007 Comedy Showcase Shirley TV series (1 episode: "Other People")
2007–2015 Benidorm Janice Garvey TV series (44 episodes)
2008 Apparitions Sister Ruth TV series (5 episodes)
2009 Unforgiven Izzy Ingram TV series (3 episodes)
2009 The Street Kim TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 3.3")
2009 Blue Murder Anita Burgess TV series (1 episode: "Having It All")
2009 Coronation Street: Romanian Holiday Verity Special made for DVD only
2010 Casualty Mel Riley TV series (1 episode: "A Day in a Life")
2010–2013 Downton Abbey Sarah O'Brien TV series (25 episodes)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013 The Syndicate Mandy Atkinson TV series 2, Main role
2013 The Selfish Giant Mrs Swift Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014— Happy Valley Clare Cawood TV series
2015 Midwinter of the Spirit Angela Purefoy TV series


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