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Paula Wilcox (born 13 December 1949 in Manchester) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Chrissy in the British comedy Man About the House (1973–1976) and more recently as Hilary Potts in Emmerdale.
Wilcox first came to public attention whilst a member of the National Youth Theatre, which she joined aged seventeen. She appeared in Coronation Street in 1969 as Ray Langton's sister Janice. She was offered her first starring television role in The Lovers, a Granada sitcom produced for the ITV network written by Jack Rosenthal and co-starring Richard Beckinsale. There were two series of The Lovers, plus a feature film.
In 1973, Wilcox starred in Man About the House (Thames) as Chrissy Plummer, regularly in a flirtatious battle of wits with her male flatmate Robin, played by Richard O'Sullivan. The series ran for three years and she also starred in the feature film of the same show.
In 1991, Wilcox returned to situation comedy as Ros West in a Yorkshire Television sitcom called Fiddlers Three opposite Peter Davison before playing the character of Ivy Sandford in the pilot of Frank Skinner's Blue Heaven on Channel 4 in 1992 - the show then went on to became a series. She appeared in several series of The Queen's Nose (1995–2001).
On 27 October 2006, Wilcox was seen in Only Fools and Horses spin-off The Green Green Grass as Marlene's sister. She has also played another character in the Only Fools and Horses universe, appearing in 2 episodes of Rock and Chips, playing Edward "Grandad" Trotter's estranged wife Violet. She also had a cameo role in the Woody Allen movie Scoop. In 2007 Wilcox joined the cast of Emmerdale as Hilary Potts, mother of the vicar's wife, Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy).
|1969 to 1970||The Dustbinmen||Naomi|
|1970 to 1971||The Lovers||Beryl Battersby|
|1971 to 1972||The Liver Birds||Gloria Titlark|
|1973 to 1976||Man About the House||Chrissy Plummer|
|1977 to 1978||Miss Jones and Son||Elizabeth Jones|
|1985||The Bright Side||Cynthia Bright|
|1991||Fiddlers Three||Ros West|
|1992 to 1994||Blue Heaven||Ivy Sandford|
|2004 to 2005||The Smoking Room||Lillian|
|2010 to 2011||Rock & Chips||Violet Trotter|
|1969||Coronation Street||Janice Langton|
|1995-2001||The Queen's Nose||Mrs Parker|
|2007–2008||Emmerdale||Hilary Potts||Regular role; 40 episodes|
|2008||A Touch of Frost||Gloria Collingham|
|2014||Jonathan Creek||Hazel Prosser|