Sarah Lancashire

Born Oct 10, 1964

Sarah Lancashire is an English actress, probably best recognised for her role as Raquel Watts in Coronation Street. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1986.

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  • 'last Tango In Halifax' Review: Elderly Romance
    San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 02, 2013
  • New Bbc Drama ‘The Paradise’ & Oxford World’s Classics
    Oxford University Press Blog - Sep 25, 2012
  • Critic's Notebook; A Tale Of Pork In Austere Times
    NYTimes - Aug 06, 2011
  • London Theater Journal: A Pig That Would Make A Playwright Proud New York Times (Blog)
    Google News - Jul 29, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Sarah Lancashire.


1964 Birth Lancashire was born on 10 October 1964 in Oldham, Lancashire. … Read More


1976 11 Years Old Lancashire was educated at Oldham Hulme Grammar School between 1976 and 1981. … Read More


1986 21 Years Old She graduated in 1986, describing her time as a student there as "tremendous" but "seriously hard work and quite intimidating". … Read More
1987 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Thomas, her first child with Hargreaves, was born in 1987; a second son, Matthew, was born in 1989. … Read More
1990 25 Years Old In 1990, Lancashire received her "big break" — the role of Linda in a production of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers at the Albery Theatre in London's West End. … Read More
1991 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Between 26 September and 19 October 1991, Lancashire played the title role in an adaption of Educating Rita at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch.


1995 - 1997 6 More Events
1998 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Lancashire continued to star as Ruth Goddard in Where the Heart Is for its second and third series in 1998 and 1999.
1999 34 Years Old In February 1999 she made a guest appearance in the British dark comedy anthology series Murder Most Horrid alongside comedian Dawn French. … Read More
In January 2000 she expanded on her decision, stating that Ruth "was too chocolate-boxy, no longer a challenge".
Recalling the circumstances of her marriage in 2001, Lancashire stated that she only married because she fell pregnant and possessed both a traditional mindset and a fear of the stigma of having a child out of wedlock.
2002 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2002 Lancashire starred in the two-part psychological thriller The Cry, which she described as her "most naked role yet". … Read More
2003 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Lancashire's final role to air under her ITV contract was Gertrude Morel in an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's 1913 novel Sons and Lovers, airing in January 2003. … Read More
2004 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Lancashire made her directorial debut on the anthology series The Afternoon Play. … Read More


The venture also earned her first British Academy Television Awards nomination in 2005 for Best new Director of Fiction. … Read More
2006 - 2011 11 More Events
2012 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012 she appeared as lady's maid Miss Whisset in the penultimate episode of the 2010 revival of Upstairs Downstairs.
2013 48 Years Old For her role as Caroline she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in both 2013 and 2014, winning in 2014. … Read More
In 2014, Lancashire collaborated again with Last Tango in Halifax writer Sally Wainwright in the crime drama series Happy Valley. … Read More


In March 2015 Lancashire began filming a television adaptation of Ronald Harwoods 1980 play The Dresser.
2016 51 Years Old Lancashire appeared in the 2016 feature film Dad's Army, based on the situation comedy series of the same name.
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