She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama and to Charity. She is the Actress and Founder of the Artists' Theatre School.
Teaches drama on Saturdays at Ealing Studios to age groups from 5 years to adult.
Had an affair with actor Dennis Waterman in 1983.
Niece of Irish-born British multiple Oscar nominee actress, Joyce Redman.
In 2008 and 2009 she referred in various newspaper and magazine interviews to her imminent 50th birthday, until the Daily Mail printed an article on 10 August 2009 that showed she was already 52, having been born in 1957.