Paula Wilcox

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Paula Wilcox
BornPaula Wilcox[1]
Manchester, England[2]
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Paula Wilcox
BornPaula Wilcox[1]
Manchester, England[2]

Paula Wilcox[1] (born 13 December 1949 in Manchester[3][4][5]) 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.

Acting career[edit]

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.[6]

She participated in "The Lonely Miss Fox" sketch on an episode of The Benny Hill Show (Thames) that aired on 23 February 1972.[7]

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.[8] The series ran for three years and she also starred in the feature film of the same show.

In 1977, Wilcox took the eponymous role in Miss Jones and Son.[9]

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).[10]

Wilcox has made guest appearances in programmes such as Footballers' Wives, Holby City and Down to Earth. She was cast as Lilian in the BBC Three cult sitcom The Smoking Room.

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).[11]

In 2008, Wilcox portrayed Bette Davis in a theatrical play, Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?.[12] In 2010, she portrayed a mother of a gay son in a theatrical play, Canary.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wilcox was married to actor Derek Seaton from 1969 to 1979 (his death). She later married Nelson Skip Riddle, son of the bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle.[14]

Television roles[edit]


1969 to 1970The DustbinmenNaomi
1970 to 1971The LoversBeryl Battersby
1971 to 1972The Liver BirdsGloria Titlark
1973 to 1976Man About the HouseChrissy Plummer
1977 to 1978Miss Jones and SonElizabeth Jones
1985The Bright SideCynthia Bright
1991Fiddlers ThreeRos West
1992 to 1994Blue HeavenIvy Sandford
2004 to 2005The Smoking RoomLillian
2010 to 2011Rock & ChipsViolet Trotter
2011-Mount PleasantPauline


1969Coronation StreetJanice Langton
1995-2001The Queen's NoseMrs Parker
2007–2008EmmerdaleHilary PottsRegular role; 40 episodes
2008A Touch of FrostGloria Collingham
2014Jonathan CreekHazel Prosser


  1. ^ a b Neil Cooper (2012-11-07). "What the Dickens?". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Paula Wilcox." United Kingdom: Web. 09 Jan. 2012.
  3. ^ "Search general register office (GRO)birth records 1761-2006 | Fully indexed birth records". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  4. ^ "PAULA WILCOX director information. Free director information". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Dellam Corporate Information Limited, England". 51.350638;-0.19093: Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Paula Wilcox has Great Expectations about playing Miss Havisham at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre « Express & Star". 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  7. ^ "The Benny Hill Show - Season 3, Episode 3: Show 12". 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  8. ^ Lorraine Fisher (2009-01-10). "As he grows worryingly frail, Richard O'Sullivan's former co-star and lover says... I still love my Man About The House | Mail Online". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  9. ^ "Paula Wilcox as single mum in Miss Jones and Son - Sally Thomsett Videos : Firstpost Topic - Page 1". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  10. ^ "Paula Wilcox : Actress - Films, episodes and roles on". 1949-12-13. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Great Expectations for Paula Wilcox in Havisham role". Woking News and Mail. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  12. ^ Curley, Evelyn (19 June 2008). "Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?". The Stage. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  13. ^ High, Chris (30 April 2010). "Canary". The Stage. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Paula Wilcox Pics - Paula Wilcox Photo Gallery - 2013 - Magazine Pictorials. Movie Stills. Event Photos. Red Carpet Pictures". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 

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