Caroline Quentin

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Caroline Quentin
BornCaroline Jones
(1960-07-11) 11 July 1960 (age 54)
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationActress, comedienne
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Paul Merton (m. 1990; div. 1998)
Sam Farmer (m. 2005)
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Caroline Quentin
BornCaroline Jones
(1960-07-11) 11 July 1960 (age 54)
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationActress, comedienne
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Paul Merton (m. 1990; div. 1998)
Sam Farmer (m. 2005)

Caroline Quentin (born Caroline Jones; 11 July 1960[1]) is an English actress. Quentin became known for her television appearances: portraying Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998), Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek (1997–2000), and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder (2003-2009).

Early life[edit]

Quentin was born in Reigate, Surrey,[2] to Kathleen and Fred Jones, a Royal Air Force pilot.[3] She has three older sisters, Hazel, Kathryn, and Tina.[3] She was educated at the independent Arts Educational School, in Tring, Hertfordshire,[4] and appeared locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival.[citation needed]


Quentin received an Ian Charleson Award commendation for her Masha in The Seagull at the Oxford Theatre Company in 1991.[5] Her early stage work had also included appearing in the chorus of the original English production of the musical Les Misérables in 1985.

In July 1996, Quentin released a single, a cover of the Exciters' hit "Tell Him", with her Men Behaving Badly co-star Leslie Ash under the name of "Quentin and Ash". The single reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart and spent 3 weeks in that listing.[6] From 1997 until 2000 Quentin starred alongside Alan Davies in Jonathan Creek playing investigative journalist Maddie Magellan, who uses Jonathan's mind to solve murder mysteries.

Quentin appeared in the 2001 telefilm Hot Money, which was based on the true story of the theft of hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Bank of England. In 1998 she starred in the first sitcom that was specifically built around her: Kiss Me Kate. At the British Comedy Awards in 2004, Quentin won the "Best Comedy Actress" award for her performance in Von Trapped; that year she started the major role of Maggie Mee in the popular drama Life Begins, which returned for a third series in 2006.

ITV has produced 5 series of the police drama Blue Murder, in which Quentin plays against type in the main role DCI Janine Lewis. The pilot aired in the UK on 18 May 2003.[7][8]

Quentin has appeared in Whose Line Is It Anyway?; in a pre-Men Behaving Badly role as a traffic warden in the Mr. Bean episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean in 1991; Room 101; Have I Got News for You; and the 2009-10 BBC comedy series Life of Riley, a sitcom about a dysfunctional blended family; and in the BBC Radio 4 improvisational comedy series The Masterson Inheritance and the popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog.

On 11 January 2009, Quentin stated on the show Something For The Weekend that she would return to Jonathan Creek in the future if the offer came.

She appeared as Heather Babcock in an episode of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, in 2010. Also in 2010 she started appearing in Marks and Spencer's revamped food range advertisements.[9]

In March 2011, a documentary entitled "Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India" aired on ITV in the UK. Quentin had harboured a desire to visit India since she completed a school project about the country as a child in the 1960s. The documentary follows Quentin as she travels from the North of India to the South.[10]

Quentin presents Restoration Home on BBC Two. The programme looks into the history and families of the UK's derelict mansion houses which are being restored by their private owners.[11][12]

In 2012 Quentin began working on another documentary series, Cornwall with Caroline Quentin, which shows her travelling across Cornwall.

In 2013, she hosted yet another documentary series, Caroline Quentin’s National Parks.[13]

In 2013 Quentin currently stars in the Comedy Central comedy series Big Bad World as Jan, the mother of the main character Ben (Blake Harrison).

Personal life[edit]

Quentin was married to comic Paul Merton from 1990 until their 1998 divorce.[14] She met Sam Farmer in 1999 on the set of Jonathan Creek, where he was a runner.[15] They have two children, Emily (born 1999) and William (born 2003). In 2006 she married Farmer in Tiverton, Devon. They lived in Morebath Manor near the village of Morebath, Devon, close to Tiverton,[15] briefly before moving to a smaller farm nearby.


Film and television[edit]

1980The SquadVicky BanksEpisode: 'Recruits'
1983Party PartyShirley
1983Video StarsFritzie LangTelevision film
1984Dream StuffingBrenda3 episodes
1984Play for TodayReceptionistEpisode: 'The Groundling and the Kite'
1987Up LinePatti TechnologyTelevision film
1987Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
1988This is David LanderTricia WorthingtonEpisode: 'Not a Pretty Site'
1989Shadow of the NooseMary BennettTelevision mini-series
episode: 'Beside the Seaside'
1989CasualtyJane LockeEpisode: 'Banking for Beginners'
1990Hale and PaceSeries 3, episode 1
1990Harry Enfield's Television ProgrammeVarious characters4 episodes
1991JosieSeries 1, episode 3
1991The BillRuth OtleyEpisode: 'Breakout' (series 7 finale)
1991–1993Paul Merton: The SeriesDr. Gillespie/Frank's Wife3 episodes
1992Mr. BeanTraffic WardenEpisode: 'The Trouble with Mr. Bean'
1992Don't Tell FatherKate Bancroft6 episodes
1992–1998Men Behaving BadlyDorothy42 episodes
British Comedy Award for Top TV Comedy Actress
Nominated: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
1993All or Nothing at AllRebeccaTelevision mini-series
episode 3
1994An Evening with Gary LinekerMonica DespacosTelevision film
1994Entertainment CopsMiss PennyfarthingTelevision film
1995Jeremy Hardy Gives Good SexShort film
1996Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's...CarolineEpisode: 'The Missing Page'
1996ITV Chart ShowInterviewee1 episode
1997–2000Jonathan CreekMaddy Magellan18 episodes
1998–2001Kiss Me KateKate Salinger22 episodes
Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Performer (1998)
1999Hooves of FireVixenVoice, Television short
1999The Nearly Complete and Utter History of EverythingMarcia BournemouthTelevision film
2001The InnocentBeth PastorovTelevision film
2001Goodbye Mr. SteadmanGina RavelliTelevision film
2001Hot MoneyBridget WatmoreTelevision film
2002Blood StrangersLin BeresfordTelevision film
2002–2003Living FamouslyNarrator9 episodes; voice
2003–2009Blue MurderDCI Janine Lewis19 episodes
Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2005)
2004Von TrappedMaria MooganTelevision film
British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
2004–2006Life BeginsMaggie MeeLeading role
British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress (2004)
Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2004, 2005)
Nominated: TV Quick Award for Best Actress (2005)
2005Footprints in the SnowJulie HillTelevision film
2009–2011Life of RileyMaddy RileyLeading role; 20 episodes
2010Agatha Christie's Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to SideHeather BadcockTelevision film
2010Just WilliamMrs. Bott2 episode
2011–presentCornwall with Caroline QuentinHerself18 Episodes in total
2012In Love with WildeDuchess of Berwick
2012Dead BossVirnaSeries 1, episode 5
2012SwitchGloriaSeries 1, Episodes 1 and 6
2013Dancing on the EdgeDeirdre5 episodes
2013Big Bad WorldJan


British Comedy Awards
National Television Awards


  1. ^ "Spotlight on... Caroline Quentin". Western Mail. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014. "Early life: Born Caroline Jones in Reigate, Surrey, on July 11, 1960." 
  2. ^ Griffin, Susan (25 July 2013). "At home with Restoration Woman". The Lady. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Farndale, Nigel (10 February 2002). "Behaving gladly". Irish Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Sturges, Fiona (12 March 2010). "Caroline Quentin: 'I'm canny, but not very bright'". The Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 445. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Blue Murder (2003–2009)". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ "". 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Marks & Spencer | Investors | Press releases | Product | Marks & Spencer Unveils New Advertising Strategy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  10. ^ "Caroline Quentin on India | Entertainment | Daybreak". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  11. ^ "BBC Two - Restoration Home, Series 1". 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  12. ^ "Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors". RICS. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  13. ^ Tweedie, Neil (2013-05-07). "Caroline Quentin's ramble in Britain's National Parks". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  14. ^ Lynn Barber (2000-10-29). "Interview: Paul Merton | From the Observer | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  15. ^ a b Sarah Vine. "Life | The Times". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  16. ^ Alison Flood (5 December 2012). "EL James comes out on top at National Book awards". The Guardian (London). Retrieved December 5, 2012. 

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