Lesley Dunlop

Last updated 09 January 2020

Lesley Dunlop
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Lesley Dunlop

Born: Saturday 10th March 1956 (age: 67)

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Lesley Dunlop (born in Newcastle upon Tyne) is a British actress.

She had two guest appearances in Doctor Who - Frontios in 1984 and The Happiness Patrol in 1988. 

Daughter of the television writer Pat Dunlop, she began as a child actress in the seventies featuring in a BBC version of the classic A Little Princess and as Lydia Holly in the ITV adaptation of South Riding.

Her transition to adult roles began by playing Lizzie Hexham in a BBC version of Charles DickensOur Mutual Friend in 1976 and featuring in the very first series of the long-running hospital drama Angels.

She was cast alongside Diana Rigg and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1977 film version ofStephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and appeared in Roman Polanski's Tess in 1979. In 1980, she played Nora, the nurse who is at first terrified by The Elephant Manand then befriends John Hurt's character in David Lynch's 1980 Oscar winning film.

Throughout this time and indeed throughout her career, she has regularly appeared on British TV including Murder Most English in 1977.  In the 1990s she starred in the long running BBC sitcom May to December as Zoe Callender alongside screen husband Anton Rodgers.

In 1995, she starred in the two part Gurinder Chadha directed drama Rich Deceiver as Ellie Freeman, a Liverpudlian housewife who secretly wins the pools and uses the money to covertly help her husband's career. She also starred in the ITV seriesWokenwell (1997) and appeared in a long-running series of TV commercials for Kleenex directed by Mike Leigh.

In 2000, Lesley joined the cast of the ITV series Where the Heart Is playing Anna Kirkwall.

Since 2008, she has played the role of Brenda Walker in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.

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