Educated at the Harrow School of Art, Silvey studied ballet for five years, jazz dancing and tap dancing for three years, as well as operatic singing with Wyn Spruce, and the Stanislavsky Method at the Actors' Centre in London. She was a dancer for two years on Top of the Pops in the 1980s.
Her television appearances include The Dick Emery Show (1980), Terry and June (1980), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Emery Presents:Legacy of Murder (1982), Smiley's People (1982), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Never the Twain (1983) and The Odd Job Man (1984).
Silvey's other television work includes appearances on the Stanley Baxter Show, the Kenny Everett Show, the Dave Allen Show, The Professionals, The Kelly Monteith Show, Cannon and Ball, Little and Large, Cuffy, was a regular for two years on The Two Ronnies, was a dancer for two years on Top of the Pops, EastEnders, Harry Enfield's Television Programme, Alphonzo Bongo, the Les Dawson Show, The Chinese Detective, The Late, Late Breakfast Show, The Bill and Rumpole of the Bailey.
She also appeared in the films Come Play with Me (1977), The Playbirds (1978), The Stud (1978), The World Is Full of Married Men (1979), Can I Come Too? (1979), Xtro (1983), Fanny Hill (1983), The Urge to Kill (1989), Blue Ice (1992), Shining Through (1992) and Splitting Heirs (1993). She appeared in silhouette as a roller skater in the opening titles of Octopussy (1983).
Today Silvey is on the Committee of the Celebrities Guild of Great Britain and is a member of the Heritage Foundation, both of which involve her in arranging celebrity guests for fund-raising charity events and blue plaque unveilings; in this capacity she was present at the unveiling of blue plaques to Jet Harris at the Kingswood Centre in London in April 2012; that located at the home of Robin Gibb,  and that for Morecambe and Wise unveiled at Teddington Studios in May 2013.
- Silvey's Acting CV on The Spotlight
- Silvey on the Internet Movie Database
- Fanny Hill on the Internet Movie Database
- Silvey in the music video for 'Civilized Man' - YouTube
- 'Jet Harris MBE Plaque Unveiling' - The Heritage Foundation website
- Silvey on the Hot Gossip website - Autumn 2012
- Cash in the Attic in the Radio Times accessed 3 August 2012
- 'Dollis Hill woman shortlisted for the Miss London beauty contest' - Brent & Kilburn Times March 5, 2012