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  • They say things come in threes

    I am sitting in the green room of a recording studio in darkest East Sussex or maybe Kent, Leela was never too sure where the TARDIS was going to land, working with… can you Adam and Eve it?????… Tom Baker who is being brilliant reprising his role as THE Doctor for Big Finish. This week I […]

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  • The Two Doctors

    I OMG OMG OMG Just in the last week I’ve been offered… DOC MARTIN as the mother-out-of-law from Hell, and I’m thrilled. Huge admirer of Martin Clunes’ work, and although I’ve only read one script we lock horns right royally. Also been offered a tour of SEASON’S GREETINGS directed by the gorgeous Robin Herford who […]

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  • …what happened to January?!!!!

    It went by in a blur of touring PULLING FACES, my brilliant Sunday Drama College performed SNOW QUEEN, producing Murder Mysteries and I’m currently rehearsing for Oedipus (opening next week in Liverpool)… who said January was a dull month? I was chuffed to bits with the teenagers who pulled off a world premiere written and […]

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  • Leela makes her first appearance in the new series

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  • Love’s the Thing

    And late..! Apologies. A myriad of reasons but I won’t bore you with them. Just ask you to excuse me. THE DREAM went wonderfully… eventually – I threw a wobbly on the Monday of the final week and they jumped to in the most unexpected and brilliant way, by Sunday I was enormously proud. Not […]

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  • Pennant Roberts

    I’ve had a very sad month with the death of my dear friend and mentor Pennant Roberts. The funeral was last Friday and absolutely amazing, with many, many people telling me Pen gave them their first break… and of course I include myself in that number. Hundreds of people, old friends, tears and laughter and the sun shone. […]

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  • Don’t you just LOVE this weather?

    It lifts the spirit, which has taken a dip or two this month. It’s not that I haven’t been offered work, it just that the offers need to tick two of the three boxes which are: (a) artistic satisfaction (b) location (c) remuneration Why is it that the work we LOVE to do is poorly paid, […]

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  • TLC Productions launches!

    Thanks to everyone who supported the event on April 17th. Frazzled is not the word – the calmest moments for me were, surprisingly, when I was on stage. The feed back has been fabulous. FROM WOMEN’S EYES – now to be called SHAKESPEARE’S MISTRESS will, in its next life, be 10 minutes longer, one more speech and a […]

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  • TLC Productions

    On Saturday 17th April (3 days before my 59th birthday) I am planning to launch my production company, TLC Productions at TRINITY ARTS CENTRE in Tunbridge Wells (www.trinitytheatre.net). There will be children’s shows during the day, brilliant Simon James playing guitar, in the evening I shall be be giving a Mistress Class on Shakespeare followed […]

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  • Spring has finally sprung

    And along with it my new-look website courtesy of Matt Evenden… thank you for checking in, and thanks also for your patience with my very intermittent blogging. Today, writing in haste, en route to my THIRD meeting for SISTER ACT! Cross everything at 4.30pm as I run the gauntlet of American producers, who I am […]

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  • The Sun Makers

    Just back from recording an interview about THE SUNMAKERS, my favourite Doctor Who story. Written by the late and very great Robert Holmes. Feel I’ve made a new friend in Simon Guerrier (my interviewer) who has already sent me a script of his for a short film (which I have agreed to do) called CLEANING […]

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  • Women on the verge of HRT

    Oh my Lord, we’re nearly into MARCH! I’ve had a couple of months out in order to concentrate on The Sunday Drama College (SDC) and writing. Both of which are coming along brilliantly. January saw the first ever production of the SDC called I GOT HERE FIRST directed by the wonderful Nigel Fairs. I was […]

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  • Act III

    Just back from Woman Magazine’s party celebrating 10 years of Loose Women. What a glitzy do! The lovely Sherrie Hewson was there, who I have known since 1969. We shared a flat whilst at RADA and I since toured with her in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Also today, I had a meeting with Matt Evenden […]

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  • Hi, my dear readers

    Thank you so much for coming to site to see what is going on. Everything and nothing as it happens… I am still recording RIVER CITY, but instead of the anticipated increased story line I appear to have taken a back seat. Probably the best paid extra in Britain at the moment, but don’t tell […]

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  • Lady in the van

    Well, it’s all systems go. RIVER CITY starts up again, filming through to December 6th. This weekend I am in Glasgow at the Purple Hotel signing for two days… do come if you can. (2, Row Avenue, Renfrew, Glasgow, G51 4SY.) My writers group is scribbling away with some very exciting and FUNNY ideas, and […]

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  • The God of Drama is smiling upon me

    Hi all, what a year it’s been so far. Feeling quite blessed. I spent from February until May recording RIVER CITY (see photo, left) and the feisty Viv has made her screen debut. Toy boy grabbing, internet dating, hairdresser, lush. A woman who behaves badly! She’s a great character. God bless the soaps for taking […]

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  • Happy Spring!

    Hi one and all, As you will see from the following article life has been a bit hectic recently. Read The Herald article: “Former Dr Who actress joins the River City crew” Glasgow is terrific, although the commuting is hard work. I’ve just returned from two hours at the gym (a rare day off) because […]

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  • Can you bloody believe it?

    Half way through February already! Am looking out my window at a simply glorious spring day, daffs and snow drops and a clamour of birdsong. I am currently commuting Glasgow recording RIVER CITY. My character, Viv, hits the screen in April. And I use the word ‘hits’ advisedly! Crossing my fingers that it isn’t all […]

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  • Happy New Year one and all.

    I was given the bestest of all Christmas presents which is a 6 month contract with BBC Scotland to play VIV in RIVER CITY. She is a single parent of two grown up children, her best friend is gay, she’s a hairdresser and she drinks too much. Why do you think they thought of me? […]

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  • Stand up is my big thing of the moment.

    I really LOVED a course I took in Camden Town at the LAUGHING HORSE which culminated in an open mike slot above the pub on the Sunday night…. And I have another gig lined up in December in Manchester, courtesy of Toby Hadoke, who I did a radio play for recently called MOTHS ATE MY […]

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  • Bedroom Farce

    Next Monday (April 2nd) I embark on another adventure with Kenny Wax producing. BEDROOM FARCE by Alan Ayckbourn with Colin Baker and I playing husband and wife. Eating sardines in bed! Has it come to this? The tour opens in Bromley on April 26th and continues until mid August when I and my two sons […]

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  • Face Value

    First of all my humble apologies for those of you who have logged on to see my non-existent blogging. I had seriously meant to do a monthly round up, but have been useless. Bit of personal trauma, bit of ‘too much work’ – although I say that very quietly because I would hate for it […]

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  • Beacon Arts

    First of all thank you so much to all of who have logged on during the past month and if it’s your first visit welcome. February started sadly with Henry McGee’’s funeral. A very moving and loving event with many friends present. We hope he rests in peace and may that beautiful smile live on […]

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  • Raindrops keep falling on my head

    I am in an episode of DOCTORS on Wednesday May 10th, 2006. April 24th Glorious, glorious holiday in Nerja Bar-b-ques on the mountaintop, sipping good wine by the pool, paddling in the cold and dramatic sea, eating far, far too much, and getting extremely brown. Returned to a flooded house and an insurance company that […]

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