11 July 1960
|Occupation||Actress, comedian and television presenter|
(m. 1990;div. 1998)
Sam Farmer(m. 2005)
Caroline Quentin (born Caroline Jones; 11 July 1960) is an English actress, comedian and television presenter. Quentin became known for her television appearances: portraying Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998), Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek (1997–2000), and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder (2003–2009).
The English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speak the English language. The English identity is of early medieval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Angelcynn. Their ethnonym is derived from the Angles, one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the 5th century AD. England is one of the countries of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living there are British citizens.
Men Behaving Badly is a British sitcom that was created and written by Simon Nye. It follows the lives of Gary Strang and his flatmates Dermot Povey and Tony Smart. It was first broadcast on ITV in 1992. A total of six series were made, along with a Christmas special and a trilogy of episodes that make up the feature length "last orders".
Jonathan Creek is a British mystery crime drama series produced by the BBC and written by David Renwick. It stars Alan Davies as the title character, who works as a creative consultant to a stage magician while also solving seemingly supernatural mysteries through his talent for logical deduction and his understanding of illusions.
Quentin was born in Reigate, Surrey, [ citation needed ]to Kathleen Jones and her husband Fred, a Royal Air Force pilot. She has three older sisters. She was educated at the independent Arts Educational School, in Tring, Hertfordshire, and appeared locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival.
Reigate is a town of over 20,000 inhabitants in eastern Surrey, England. It is in the London commuter belt and one of three towns in the borough of Reigate and Banstead. It is sited at the foot of the North Downs and extends over part of the Greensand Ridge. Reigate has a medieval castle and has been a market town since the medieval period, when it also became a parliamentary borough.
Surrey is a county in South East England which borders Kent to the east, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest, and Greater London to the northeast.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.
Quentin received an Ian Charleson Award commendation for her Masha in The Seagull at the Oxford Theatre Company in 1991.Her early stage work had also included appearing in the chorus of the original English production of the musical Les Misérables in 1985.
The Seagull is a play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. The Seagull is generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev.
Les Misérables, colloquially known in English-speaking countries as Les Mis, is a sung-through musical adapted from French poet and novelist Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer. The original French musical premiered in Paris in 1980 with direction by Robert Hossein. Its English-language adaptation by producer Cameron Mackintosh has run continuously in London since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world after the original Off-Broadway run of The Fantasticks.
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 spent 3 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 25.From 1997 until 2000 Quentin starred alongside Alan Davies in Jonathan Creek playing investigative journalist Maddie Magellan, who uses Jonathan's mind to solve murder mysteries.
The Exciters were an American pop music group of the 1960s. They were originally a girl group, with one male member being added afterwards. At the height of their popularity the group consisted of lead singer Brenda Reid, her husband Herb Rooney, Carolyn Johnson and Lillian Walker.
"Tell Him", originally written and composed as "Tell Her", is a 1962 song that was written and composed by Bert Berns, who, when he did so, used the pen name of Bert Russell, and which was popularized through its recording by the Exciters. The song was recorded as "Tell Her" by Dean Parrish in 1966, and Kenny Loggins in 1989. Billboard named the Exciters version #95 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
Leslie Ash is a British actress. She is best known for her roles in C.A.T.S. Eyes. (1985–1987), the BBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly (1992–1997), ITV drama Where the Heart Is (2000–2003), and BBC medical drama Holby City (2009–2010). Her book My Life Behaving Badly: The Autobiography was published in 2007.
Quentin 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 she starred in the first sitcom that was specifically built around her: Kiss Me Kate . At the British Comedy Awards in 2004, Quentin won the "Best Comedy Actress" award for her performance in Von Trapped; that year she started the major role of Maggie Mee in the popular drama Life Begins , which returned for a third series in 2006.
The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom and the model on which most modern central banks have been based. Established in 1694 to act as the English Government's banker, and still one of the bankers for the Government of the United Kingdom, it is the world's eighth-oldest bank. It was privately owned by stockholders from its foundation in 1694 until it was nationalised in 1946.
Kiss Me Kate is a British sitcom that ran from 1998 until 2000. It followed the everyday life of a counsellor, Kate, who must not only manage her clients' problems, but must also help her neighbours and unsuccessful business partner, Douglas, played by Chris Langham. Amanda Holden played Mel, the receptionist. Darren Boyd played the idiotic Craig, the travel agent downstairs.
The British Comedy Awards was an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom, running between 1990 and 2014 celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year.
ITV has produced five series of the police drama Blue Murder , in which Quentin plays against type in the main role DCI Janine Lewis. The pilot aired in the UK on 18 May 2003.
ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London. It was launched in 1955 as Independent Television, under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority (ITA), to provide competition to BBC Television which had been established in 1932. ITV is the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would usually be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name.
Quentin has appeared in Whose Line Is It Anyway? ; in a pre-Men Behaving Badly role as a traffic warden in the Mr. Bean episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean" in 1991; Room 101 ; Have I Got News for You ; and the 2009–10 BBC comedy series Life of Riley , a sitcom about a dysfunctional blended family; and in the BBC Radio 4 improvisational comedy series The Masterson Inheritance , the Radio 4 comedy Any Bloke (starred with Jim Sweeney who was also in The Masterson Inheritance) and the popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog .
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 came.
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 & Spencer's revamped food range advertisements.
In March 2011, a documentary entitled Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India aired on ITV in the UK. The documentary followed Quentin as she traveled from the North of India to the South.
Quentin presents Restoration Home 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.
In 2012, Quentin began working on another documentary series, Cornwall with Caroline Quentin , which shows her travelling across Cornwall. She returned to present a second series of the show in 2013.
In 2013, she hosted another documentary series, Caroline Quentin’s National Parks for one series.
In 2013, Quentin starred in the Comedy Central series Big Bad World where she played the role of Jan, the mother of the main character Ben (Blake Harrison).
In 2015, she played the role of Angela Sim in an episode of Doc Martin . She played the role of Mrs Bumble in Dickensian (2015–2016). In November 2016, she guest presented an episode of The One Show .
Quentin was married to comic Paul Merton from 1990 until their 1998 divorce.She met Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly , where he was a runner. They have two children, Emily Rose and William. In 2006, she married Farmer in Tiverton, Devon. They lived briefly in Morebath Manor near the village of Morebath, Devon, close to Tiverton, before moving to a smaller derelict farm nearby, which they renovated. Before moving to Devon the couple lived at Walberswick, Suffolk.
Quentin has coeliac disease and is the current patron of Coeliac UK.Quentin is also the current president of the charity Campaign for National Parks.
|1980||The Squad||Vicky Banks||Episode: 'Recruits'|
|1983||Video Stars||Fritzie Lang||Television film|
|1984||Dream Stuffing||Brenda||3 episodes|
|1984||Play for Today||Receptionist||Episode: 'The Groundling and the Kite'|
|1987||Up Line||Patti Technology||Television film|
|1987||Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire|
|1988||This is David Lander||Tricia Worthington||Episode: 'Not a Pretty Site'|
|1989||Shadow of the Noose||Mary Bennett||Television mini-series |
episode: 'Beside the Seaside'
|1989||Casualty||Jane Locke||Episode: 'Banking for Beginners'|
|1990||Hale and Pace||Series 3, episode 1|
|1990||Harry Enfield's Television Programme||Various characters||4 episodes|
|1991||Josie||Series 1, episode 3|
|1991||The Bill||Ruth Otley||Episode: 'Breakout' (series 7 finale)|
|1991–1993||Paul Merton: The Series||Dr. Gillespie/Frank's Wife||3 episodes|
|1992||Mr. Bean||Traffic Warden||Episode: 'The Trouble with Mr. Bean'|
|1992||Don't Tell Father||Kate Bancroft||6 episodes|
|1992–1998||Men Behaving Badly||Dorothy|| 42 episodes |
— British Comedy Award for Top TV Comedy Actress
— Nominated: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
|1993||All or Nothing at All||Rebecca||Television mini-series |
|1993–94||Have I Got News for You||Panellist||Episodes 05x04 and 07x02. Appeared with then-husband Paul Merton.|
|1994||An Evening with Gary Lineker||Monica Despacos||Television film|
|1994||Entertainment Cops||Miss Pennyfarthing||Television film|
|1995||Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex||Short film|
|1996||Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's...||Caroline||Episode: 'The Missing Page'|
|1996||ITV Chart Show||Interviewee||1 episode|
|1997–2000||Jonathan Creek||Maddy Magellan||18 episodes|
|1998–2001||Kiss Me Kate||Kate Salinger||22 episodes |
— Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Performer (1998)
|1999||Hooves of Fire||Vixen||Voice, Television short|
|1999||The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything||Marcia Bournemouth||Television film|
|2001||The Innocent||Beth Pastorov||Two-part series|
|2001||Goodbye Mr. Steadman||Gina Ravelli||Television film|
|2001||Hot Money||Bridget Watmore||Television film|
|2002||Blood Strangers||Lin Beresford||Television film|
|2002–2003||Living Famously||Narrator||9 episodes; voice|
|2003–2009||Blue Murder||DCI Janine Lewis|| 19 episodes |
— Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2005)
|2004||Von Trapped||Maria Moogan||Television film |
— British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
|2004–2006||Life Begins||Maggie Mee||Leading 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)
|2005||Footprints in the Snow||Julie Hill||Television film|
|2009–2011||Life of Riley||Maddy Riley||Leading role; 20 episodes|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Marple : The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side||Heather Badcock||Television film|
|2010||Just William||Mrs. Bott||2 episodes|
|2012–2013||Cornwall with Caroline Quentin||Presenter||2 series (18 episodes)|
|2012||In Love with Wilde||Duchess of Berwick|
|2012||Dead Boss||Virna||Series 1, episode 5|
|2012||Switch||Gloria||Series 1, Episodes 1 and 6|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||Deirdre||5 episodes|
|2013||Caroline Quentin's National Parks||Presenter||1 series|
|2013||Big Bad World||Jan|
|2015, 2017||Doc Martin||Angela Sim||Guest role; 3 episodes|
|2015–2016||Dickensian||Mrs Bumble||1 series|
|2016||Wild Animal Reunions||Narrator||1 series|
|2016||The One Show||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2017–||The World's Most Extraordinary Homes||Co-presenter||12 episodes|
|2018||Walks with My Dog||Co-presenter||1 episode|
|2018||The World's Ugliest Pets||Presenter||1 episode|
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Early life: Born Caroline Jones in Reigate, Surrey, on July 11, 1960.