Tessa Peake-Jones

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Tessa Peake-Jones
Born (1957-05-09) 9 May 1957 (age 62)
Years active1979–present
TelevisionOnly Fools and Horses (1988–2003)
Partner(s)Douglas Hodge (1984/1985–2013)[1]

Tessa Peake-Jones (born 9 May 1957) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Raquel in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, whom she played from December 1988 until the programme ended in 2003.

Early life and education[edit]

She was educated at Kenmore Park Junior School, Harrow and Downer Grammar School, now known as Canons High School, before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[2]


Peake-Jones is best known for playing Raquel Turner, the longtime partner of the main character Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, in the television comedy Only Fools and Horses. She had a co-starring role in the 1999 TV series Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Her other television appearances include The Demon Headmaster, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Holby City, The Bill, Up the Garden Path and So Haunt Me.

She appeared in the BBC adaptation of Iris Murdoch's The Bell (1982). She also played the role of the bookish sister Mary Bennet in the BBC serial adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (1980).

In both 2009 and 2011, Peake-Jones played Sue Bond in the BBC daytime soap opera, Doctors. In 2013 she appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode "The Time of the Doctor", playing a character called Marta.

In March 2008 she appeared as a member of staff in the Channel 4 drama Poppy Shakespeare. Set in a psychiatric hospital, the production also starred Naomie Harris and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Since 2014 she has appeared in Grantchester as Mrs Sylvia Maguire, the vicar's religious and cantankerous housekeeper.

In 2019, she appeared on the ITV show All Star Musicals, singing "Mama Mia" from Mama Mia! the musical;[3] she received a total of 17 out of 20 stars.

Personal life[edit]

Her partner was Douglas Hodge, who played her son Damien Trotter as an adult in the Only Fools and Horses episode "Heroes and Villains". They announced that they had split up in February 2013 after 27 years together. They have two children: a daughter, Mollie Rose, born in 1991; and a son, Charlie, born c. 2000.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Undertaker Widow Short
2010 1st Night Mrs. Hammond
2010 The Long Lonely Walk Nurse Short
2014 Bonobo Judith
20?? The Devil Went Down to Islington Mrs. Robertson Completed
20?? After Louise Bryony Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Fallen Hero Sonia Jackson Episode: "1.4"
1979 Telford's Challenge Elizabeth Cowley TV series
1979 The Danedyke Mystery Angela Horton TV series
1980 Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet TV miniseries
1982 The Bell Dora Greenfield TV series
1983 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Julia TV film
1984 Cockles Annette Smith Episode: "Flotsam and Jetsam"
1984 Strangers and Brothers Irene Eliot Episodes: "1.8", "1.9"
1985 Charters & Caldicott Jenny TV miniseries
1986 The Oldest Goose in the Business Lorna TV film
1987 Tickets for the Titanic Penelope Episode: "Keeping Score"
1987 Screen Two Anita Episode: "Quartermaine's Terms"
1987 When We Are Married Nancy Holmes TV film
1987 Theatre Night Geraldine Barclay Episode: "What the Butler Saw"
1988 Rockliffe Mrs. Cunningham Episode: "Lie of the Land"
1988–1993, 1996, 2001–2003 Only Fools and Horses Raquel Turner Regular role (series 5–7), guest (series 8–9)
1989 Hard Cases Mary Milverton Episodes: "2.1", "2.4"
1989 Anything More Would Be Greedy Jonquil Vickery TV miniseries
1990, 1995, 2010 Casualty Esther Macauley, Jenny Hodges, Tina Flannery Episodes: "Big Boys Don't Cry", "Trials & Tribulations", "A Better Past"
1990–1993 Up the Garden Path Maria Shadwell Main role
1992–1994 So Haunt Me Sally Rokeby Main role
1996–1998 The Demon Headmaster Mrs. Hunter Regular role
1997 The History of Tom Jones: a Foundling Bridget Allworthy TV miniseries
1998, 2016 Midsomer Murders Sarah Lawton, Mary Appleton Episodes: "Faithful unto Death", "Breaking the Chain"
1999 Births, Marriages and Deaths Molly TV series
2000 Summer in the Suburbs Sandra Lyle TV film
2000 Fish Catherine Manby Episode: "Another Shade of White"
2001 The Bill Sharon Munson Episode: "Happy and Glorious"
2001 Waking the Dead Fiona Maitland Episodes: "Every Breath You Take: Parts 1 & 2"
2001 The Lost World Hilda Summerlee TV film
2001 Holby City Maggie Latham Episodes: "Runaway", "Winner Takes All"
2005 Dalziel and Pascoe Emma Collins Episodes: "Dust Thou Art: Parts 1 & 2"
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Rhona TV film
2008 Heartbeat Jocelyn Middleton Episode: "Hey Hey LBJ"
2009 Agatha Christie's Poirot Val Bland Episode: "The Clocks"
2009–2011 Doctors Sue Bond Recurring role
2010 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Mrs. Rawson TV film
2011 Marchlands Evelyn Bowen TV miniseries
2012, 2016 Holby City Imelda Cousins Recurring role (series 15), guest (series 19)
2013 Legacy Joyce Thoroughgood TV film
2013 Doctor Who Marta Episode: "The Time of the Doctor"
2014–present Grantchester Mrs. Sylvia Chapman Regular role
2015 Unforgotten Sheila Episodes: "1.1", "1.2", "1.4", "1.5"
2019 Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Cynthia Sly Episode: "No More Cakes and Ale"


  1. ^ "Only Fools And Horses actors Tessa Peake-Jones and Douglas Hodge split". 6 February 2013.
  2. ^ Daily Mail Weekend interview 14 January 2012
  3. ^ Kimberley Bond (17 March 2019). "Meet the celebrities taking part in All Star Musicals 2019". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  4. ^ Costa, Maddy (16 January 2008). "One of the girls". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2008.

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