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Pauline Quirke / Introduction

Pauline Quirke Much loved actress Pauline Quirke recently celebrated an amazing fifty years working in the entertainment industry. Her legacy is the founding of The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts which is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary. September 2018 sees her full-time school for aspiring young professionals, PQA Studios, open in Islington.
Pauline discovered acting aged nine when teachers at her primary school began running a series of after-school clubs: one was country dancing and the other drama. Not fancying country dancing, Pauline joined the drama club and hasn’t stopped entertaining the nation since.

In the same year that she joined the drama club, Pauline was cast in her first professional role as a child arsonist in Dixon of Dock Green and the rest, as they say, is history!

Pauline later appeared in numerous TV programmes and hosted her own chat shows aged 15 and 16 called Pauline's People and Pauline’s Quirkes. Other productions included: The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist, the 1980's hospital series Angels, and Shine on Harvey Moon.

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Pauline’s extensive television credits include:
  • Our Boy and Last Christmas with Ray Winstone
  • Real Women
  • Maisie Raine
  • David Copperfield with Daniel Radcliffe
  • North and South
  • Emmerdale
  • You, Me & the Apocalypse
  • The Sculptress
Pauline’s most notable performance is undoubtedly her role as Sharon Theodopolopolous in 127 episodes of Birds of a Feather (1986 – 2016). She also appeared in ITV’s award-winning drama Broadchurch alongside David Tennant and Olivia Coleman - although we think her loveable Labrador stole the show! She won the Royal Television Society Award for 'Best Comedy Newcomer'; the coveted Fipa D'Or Biarritz Award at the Cannes Television Awards; and was nominated for a BAFTA.

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In 2007 Pauline opened her very first Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. Now there are approximately 80 academies (at time of going to press, with more planned) teaching over 5000 children aged between four and eighteen across the country the delights and disciplines of comedy and drama, musical theatre, and film & television. Currently Pauline is filming ‘Apocalypse Slough’ with Rob Lowe and the last series of ‘Birds of a Feather’ with Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and of course her own son Charlie Quirke.
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