Is the youngest of nine children. Her father was an engineer.
Presented the award for Best Group to Lau at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. (4th February 2008).
She was awarded the 1981 London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Awards) for Best Supporting Actress of 1980 for her performance in Steaming.
Wears a size 3 shoe.
Nominated for the 1984 Laurence Olivier Award for her work in "Benefactors" (Actress of the Year in a New Play).
Took part in the 2002 London Marathon.
Was born with an extra finger.
Graduated from technical college and worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper until her late twenties.
She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in the 2002 New Year's Eve Honours List.
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