Born in post-war Germany to a British soldier and his wife, and raised in their native Wales until she was 13, when her family emigrated to New Zealand.
Left school to become a full-time actress at age 16.
One of her first professional jobs was as a dancer in an Auckland, New Zealand, production of John Osbourne's The Entertainer. Her costume consisted of three small, strategically placed Union Jack flags.
Returned to England during her early 20s in order to push forward with acting.
Among the jobs she supported herself with before her career took off were selling shoes and working in an antique store.
A founding member of Actorum, the first actors' cooperative agency in Britain.
Supports the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
2008, Olivier Awards — Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Nominee