Pauline discovered acting at the age of nine when a couple of after-school clubs were formed by the local teachers. One was Country Dancing and the other was a Drama club. Not fancying Country Dancing, Pauline joined the Drama Club and has not stopped entertaining the nation since.
From this start professional work followed almost by accident. In that very year, still aged nine, she was cast in her first professional role as a child arsonist in Dixon of Dock Green and it evolved from there. Since then Pauline has appeared in numerous TV programmes including her own chat show at the age of fifteen entitled Pauline’s People. Subsequent productions included The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist, the 1980’s hospital series, Angels, and Shine on Harvey Moon. During the 1990’s her TV roles included Our Boy, Last Christmas (with Ray Winstone), Real Women (with Michelle Collins and Frances Barber), Maisie Raine, David Copperfield (with Daniel Radcliffe), Being April, Office Gossip and North and South – not forgetting her BAFTA-nominated portrayal of Olive Martin in the award-winning drama, The Sculptress.
Pauline is of course, most famous for her role as Sharon in 101 episodes of Birds of a Feather.
Although not best-known for feature films, she has appeared in, amongst others, The Elephant Man, Little Dorrit, Distant Voices – Still Lives and, more recently, Redemption Road and Arthur’s Dyke. Pauline has won the Royal Television Society Award for ‘Best Comedy Newcomer’, the coveted Fipa D’Or Biarritz Award at the Cannes Television Awards and a BAFTA nomination.