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Sarah Lancashire Biography

Birth Name:
Sarah-Jane Abigail Lancashire
Birth Place:
Oldham, Lancashire, England

Fast Facts

  • Made her West End debut in 1990 in Blood Brothers
  • Daughter of television scriptwriter, Geoffrey Lancashire, who notably worked on the British soap Coronation Street; she joined the show in 1991 as popular recurring character, Raquel Watts
  • Signed an exclusive deal with British broadcaster ITV in 2000, worth 1
  • 3 million pounds, making her Britain's highest-paid actress
  • Played Adelaide in Guys and Dolls on the West End in 2005
  • Was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours


  • 2017National Television Awards-Drama Performance: winner
  • 2017BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2015National Television Awards-Drama Performance: nominated
  • 2015BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2013BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated


  • Gary Hargreaves -- Ex-husband
  • Geoffrey Lancashire -- Father
  • Hilda Lancashire -- Mother
  • Joseph Peter Salmon -- Son
  • Michael Hargreaves -- Son
  • Thomas Hargreaves -- Son