Caroline Quentin

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Caroline Quentin
BornCaroline Jones [1]
(1960-06-11) 11 June 1960 (age 53)
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationActress, comedienne
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Paul Merton
(m. 1990–1998, divorced)
Sam Farmer (m. 2005–present)
 
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Caroline Quentin
BornCaroline Jones [1]
(1960-06-11) 11 June 1960 (age 53)
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationActress, comedienne
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Paul Merton
(m. 1990–1998, divorced)
Sam Farmer (m. 2005–present)

Caroline Quentin (born Caroline Jones 11 June 1960)[1] is an English actress. Quentin became known for her television appearances in Men Behaving Badly, playing Dorothy, and playing Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek for three years.

Early life[edit]

Born in Reigate, Surrey,[citation needed] Quentin was educated at the independent Arts Educational School, in Tring, Hertfordshire and appeared locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Quentin's early acting work included appearing on stage in the chorus of the original cast of the musical Les Misérables.

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 three weeks in that listing.[2] From 1997 until 2000 Quentin starred alongside Alan Davies in Jonathan Creek playing the character Maddie Magellan, an investigative journalist, who uses Jonathan's mind to solve murder mysteries.

Quentin has also 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 came the first sitcom to be built around Quentin herself, Kiss Me Kate. At the British Comedy Awards in 2004, Quentin won the "Best Comedy Actress" award for her performance in Von Trapped and in the same 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 five series of the police drama, Blue Murder, in which Quentin plays the main character, DCI Janine Lewis where she plays against type. The pilot aired in the UK on 18 May 2003.[3][4]

She appeared in various series such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, in a pre-Men Behaving Badly role as a traffic warden on Mr. Bean on the episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean in 1991, Room 101, Have I Got News For You, the BBC Radio 4 improvisational comedy series The Masterson Inheritance and popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog.

She stars in the 2009-10 BBC comedy series Life of Riley, a sitcom about a dysfunctional blended family.

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 was there.

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.[5]

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.[6]

Quentin presented Restoration Home, series two is currently being shown 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.[7][8]

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

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

Personal life[edit]

Quentin was married to comic Paul Merton from 1990 until their divorce in 1998.[9] She met Sam Farmer in 1999 on the set of Jonathan Creek, where he was a runner.[10] 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,[11] for a short while before moving to a smaller nearby farm.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
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
2005Little BritainCustomerSeries 3, episode 1
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

Awards[edit]

British Comedy Awards
National Television Awards
Other

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Caroline Quentin". The Best of British. November 14, 2000. BBC One.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 445. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Blue Murder (2003–2009)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ "ITV.com". ITV.com. 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Marks & Spencer | Investors | Press releases | Product | Marks & Spencer Unveils New Advertising Strategy". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Caroline Quentin on India | Entertainment | Daybreak". ITV.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  7. ^ "BBC Two - Restoration Home, Series 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ "Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors". RICS. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  9. ^ Lynn Barber. "Interview: Paul Merton | From the Observer | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  10. ^ Sarah Vine. "Life | The Times". Women.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  11. ^ Sarah Vine. "Life | The Times". Women.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  12. ^ Alison Flood (5 December 2012). "EL James comes out on top at National Book awards". The Guardian. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 

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