University of Manchester
Co-starred in ensemble comedy "What We Did On Our Holiday."
Wrote for and starred in the detective series "Scott & Bailey."
Made her writing debut on the drama series "This Life."
Made her acting debut as a member of the cast of the long running soap opera "Coronation Street."
Met her husband while working in the Arthur Miller play A View from the Bridge in 1992
Won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her stage play Mammals in 2005.
Became the spokesperson for Direct Line Insurance in 2011.