Pauline Quirke

2015 sees Pauline celebrate over forty-five years on

television, film and stage. She sees the establishment

of the Pauline Quirke Academies as her ultimate legacy.

Pauline is represented by Steve Sheen at Quirky Media. Please contact or call +44 (0)1494 445448

Pauline discovered acting at the age of nine when a couple of after-school clubs were formed by the teachers. One was country dancing and the other was a drama club. Not fancying country dancing, Pauline joined the drama Club and has not stopped entertaining the nation since.


From this start professional work followed almost by accident. In that very year, still aged nine, she was cast in her first professional role as a child arsonist in ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ and it evolved from there. After this Pauline appeared in numerous TV programmes including her own chat show at the age of fifteen entitled ‘Pauline's People’ and ‘Pauline’s Quirke’s’. Subsequent productions included ‘The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist’, the 1980's hospital series, ‘Angels’, and Shine on Harvey Moon.


Her many TV roles include ‘Our Boy’, ‘Last Christmas’ (with Ray Winstone), ‘Real Women’, ‘Maisie Raine’, ‘David Copperfield’ (with Daniel Radcliffe), ‘North and South’, ‘Emmerdale’ not forgetting her BAFTA-nominated ‘The Sculptress’ and of course the portray of Susan Wright in ITV’s award-winning drama, ‘Broadchurch’ with David Tennant and Olivia Coleman although we think her own dog 'Bailey' stole the show!


Pauline is of course, most famous for her role as Sharon Theodopolopolous in 125 episodes of Birds of a Feather (from 1986 – 2015).


Pauline has won the Royal Television Society Award for 'Best Comedy Newcomer', the coveted Fipa D'Or Biarritz Award at the Cannes Television Awards and a BAFTA nomination.


Pauline is an honorary member of The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a patron of the Ian Rennie Hospice at Home, a supporter of Children with Leukaemia, Children in Crisis and Children's Hospice UK and has just launched her own Charity ‘PQA Trust’ to help deprived children get performing arts training for building confidence and learning skills for life.


In 2007 Pauline opened her very first Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. Now there are approximately 80 academies (at time of going to press, with more planned) teaching over 5000 children aged between four and eighteen across the country the delights and disciplines of comedy and drama, musical theatre, and film & television.


Currently Pauline is filming ‘Apocalypse Slough’ with Rob Lowe and the last series of ‘Birds of a Feather’ with Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and of course her own son Charlie Quirke.



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