Annabelle Apsion

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Annabelle Apsion
Jane Annabelle Apsion

(1960-09-17) 17 September 1960 (age 62)
Hammersmith, London, England
Years active1988–present

Jane Annabelle Apsion (born 17 September 1960 [1] in Hammersmith, London) is an English actress best known for playing Monica Gallagher in the hit television comedy-drama Shameless (2004-2013), Joy Wilton in Soldier Soldier (1991-1995), and Violet Buckle in Call the Midwife (2015-Present).



Apart from Shameless, Apsion is also known for her portrayals of Betty in My Good Friend , Beverly in The Lakes , Patricia Hillman in Coronation Street , and Mrs. Beech in Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom . [2] She has appeared in two separate episodes of Midsomer Murders , Death in Chorus and Dead Man's 11, as two different characters. She played Jenni Hicks, whose two daughters died at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in the docudrama Hillsborough , which aired in 1996. [3] She has since featured in an episode of Lewis and played a small role in the first episode of the sitcom In with the Flynns . Most recently, she appeared in the BBC series The Village alongside her Shameless co-star Maxine Peake.[ citation needed ]

In 2001, she co-starred alongside Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, and Robbie Coltrane in From Hell as Polly Nichols, the first known victim of Jack the Ripper. Other films she has appeared in include About a Boy , The War Zone , Lolita , This Year's Love , and Ironclad . [4]

Apsion appeared intermittently on Shameless as Monica Gallagher between 2004 and 2006 before becoming a regular cast member for the show's fourth series in 2007.[ citation needed ] She left the show in 2008, with her final scenes airing in March 2009 during the sixth series. [5] She briefly returned to the role in 2011 during the eighth series [6] [7] and for the eleventh and final series in 2013. [8] [6] [7]

Outside of acting, she has appeared as a guest panellist on Five's The Wright Stuff during 2008 and 2009. [9]

In 2014, Apsion portrayed Annette Walker in an episode of the detective drama Suspects , and more recently she appeared in episodes of Call the Midwife as Violet Buckle (née Gee) and in episodes of Doc Martin as Jennifer Cardew. [10]

In 2020 Apsion played Beattie May in an episode of Father Brown.

Personal life

Apsion is a former student of Godalming College, Surrey and the University of Wales. [11] [12] She is also co-founder and practitioner of the Rosen Method Bodywork in the UK, an alternative health practice which integrates mind and body. [13]



1990 The Widowmaker KathyTV film
1995Out of My HeadMiss Multi PersonalityDirect-to-video
Killing Me SoftlyBilliTV film
1996 Hillsborough Jenni HicksTV film
1997 Lolita Mrs. Leigh
1998 Goodnight, Mister Tom Mrs. BeechTV film
1999 This Year's Love Hostess
The War Zone Nurse
2001 From Hell Polly Nichols
2002 About a Boy Amnesty International Worker
Tough LoveDI Karen IrvingTV film
Darwin's Daughter Emma Darwin TV film
2004 Carrie's War Older CarrieTV film
May 33rd JennyTV film
Lighthouse Hill Honey
Frances TuesdayChristy WestTV film
2005Peace & QuietMrs. WooleyShort film
2006 Driving Lessons Trendy Mum
2011 Ironclad Maddy
2018 Torvill & Dean Betty CallowayTV film


1988 Emmerdale Lucy Dowling2 episodes
1990 Casualty Carrie PotterEpisode: "Say It with Flowers"
1991 Screen One MarieEpisode: "Alive and Kicking"
1991-1995 Soldier Soldier Joy WiltonSeries regular, 30 episodes
1992 Framed Susan JacksonMini-series, 4 episodes
1996 My Good Friend BettySeries regular, 7 episodes
1998Big WomenAliceMini-series, 4 episodes
The Bill Sarah RymanEpisode: "Love's Labours Lost"
1999 Sunburn Susan ArmitageEpisode: "Series 1, Episode 4"
The Lakes Beverly FisherRecurring role, 8 episodes
Midsomer Murders Jane CavendishEpisode: "Dead Man's Eleven"
2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries Mona BuntingEpisode: "Death at the Opera"
The Sleeper Claire MoonMini-series
2001 My Uncle Silas Queenie WhiteEpisode: "The Wedding"
2001-2002 Micawber Emma MicawberSeries regular, 4 episodes
2002 In Deep LianneEpisode: "Abuse of Trust"
Helen West Kim PerryEpisode: "Deep Sleep"
Coronation Street Patricia Hillman4 episodes
2003 The Second Coming Fiona MorrisMini-series, 2 episodes
Spooks Bridget SandsEpisode: "I Spy Apocalypse"
Rockface JoEpisode: "Series 2, Episode 7"
Silent Witness Jayne RookeEpisode: "Fatal Error"
Foyle's War Kate FarleyEpisode: "The Funk Hole"
2004 Family Business Mrs. BartlettEpisode: "Series 1, Episode 4"
Murder City Celia FarrellEpisode: "Happy Families"
Outlaws Elaine RossSeries regular, 12 episodes
2004-2005 The Bill Margaret BarnesRecurring role, 20 episodes
2004-2013 Shameless Monica GallagherSeries regular, 40 episodes
2006 Wild at Heart Eileen ChapmanEpisode: Series 1, Episode 5"
Midsomer Murders Ellen BarkerEpisode: "Death in Chorus"
2009 Hotel Babylon Alexis WarrenEpisode: "Series 4, Episode 6"
2010 Lewis Babs TempleEpisode: "Dark Matter"
2011 In with the Flynns TheresaEpisode: "Santorini"
The Body Farm Jo FieldsEpisode: "Series 1, Episode 4"
Moving On MaggieEpisode: "Tour of Duty"
2012 A Mother's Son Kay MullaryMini-series, 2 episodes
Doctors Mrs. DallisonEpisode: "Party Time"
2012-2014 Holby City Jean RiminiRecurring role, 3 episodes
2013 Doc Martin Jennifer CardewRecurring role, 6 episodes
2013-2014 The Village Margaret BodenSeries regular, 12 episodes
2014 Suspects Annette WalkerEpisode: "Hard Target"
2015-present Call the Midwife Violet BuckleSeries regular, 46 episodes
2017 The Halcyon Lillian HobbsSeries regular, 8 episodes
2019 Treadstone Bentley's MotherEpisode: "The Bentley Lament"
2020 Father Brown Beattie MayEpisode: "The Queen Bee"


1987 Camille Marguerite The Old Red Lion, London
1988 The Bacchae Bacchae Lyric Theatre, London with Shared Experience
1989 Heartbreak House Ellie Dunn Riverside Studios, London with Shared Experience
City Sugar Nicola The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton with Century Theatre
Abingdon Square Marion Soho Poly Theatre, London & Cottesloe Theatre, London
1992 Anna Karenina Anna Arkadyevna Karenina Theatre Royal, Bath also, UK tour
Richard III Lady Anne Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon with Royal Shakespeare Company
1993 A Handful of Dust Lady Brenda Theatre Royal, Bath with Cambridge Theatre Company
1994The Editing ProcessTamara Dell Fuego Royal Court Theatre, London
1995The Blue BallSylie/Gina Cottesloe Theatre, London
1998TradeMam Royal Court Theatre, London
1999Remember This?Victoria Lyttelton Theatre, London
2005 The Seagull Nikolayevna Arkadina Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
2011 A Streetcar Named Desire Eunice Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

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