Sarah Lancashire

Last updated on the 7 June 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 10 October 1964, Oldham, Lancashire, England. 

Sarah Lancashire found her fascination with storytelling and performance early on. Inspired by the theatrical productions staged at her local Oldham College, she embarked on a formal education at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 1986.

Last Tango in Halifax Sarah Lancashire
Last Tango in Halifax – Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire

Sarah Lancashire’s professional acting career took off in 1991 when she joined the cast of the iconic British soap opera “Coronation Street,” portraying the sassy and ambitious Raquel Watts. Her portrayal of Raquel earned her critical acclaim and cemented her position as a rising star in the industry.

Unwilling to be confined to one genre, Lancashire ventured into the world of television drama, delivering memorable performances in series such as “Clocking Off” (2000), “Rose and Maloney” (2002-2005), and “Seeing Red” (2000). Her portrayal of Gertrude Morel in a 2002 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s “Sons and Lovers” further solidified her reputation for versatility and emotional depth.

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Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley

In the 2010s, Lancashire’s career reached new heights with critically acclaimed performances in the BBC series “Last Tango in Halifax” (2012-2020) and “Happy Valley” (2014-2023). Her portrayal of Sergeant Catherine Cawood, a complex and determined police officer in “Happy Valley,” garnered widespread acclaim and earned her two British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress.


BAFTA award


WINNER|Television: Supporting Actress for Last Tango In Halifax (2014) | Television: Leading Actress for Happy Valley (2017)



Suggested viewing


Happy Valley (2014)

Happy Valley poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.5

In the gritty Yorkshire Dales, Sergeant Catherine Cawood is a tough, no-nonsense police officer grappling with personal demons and a relentless pursuit of justice. When a young girl goes missing, Cawood’s world is turned upside down, forcing her to confront the dark underbelly of her community and the long-buried secrets of her past.

Top cast: Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, James Norton, Joe Armstrong, Adam Long, George Costigan, Karl Davies.


The Paradise (2012)

The Paradise poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

In the bustling Victorian era, Denise Lovett, a young woman from the countryside, finds employment at The Paradise, a glamorous department store in Northern England. As she navigates the world of fashion, commerce, and social class, Denise’s ambition and independent spirit clash with the rigid hierarchies of the time, setting her on a path towards self-discovery and a place in the modern world.

Top cast: Emun Elliott, Joanna Vanderham, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire, Matthew McNulty, David Hayman, Peter Wight, Sonya Cassidy.


Last Tango in Halifax (2012)

Last Tango in Halifax

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.4

Years after their teenage romance was cut short, Celia Dawson and Alan Buttershaw, two widowed septuagenarians, are reunited through Facebook. Despite societal disapproval and personal doubts, they rekindle their long-lost connection, embarking on a journey of love, laughter and life-affirming experiences in their golden years.

Top cast: Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker, Tony Gardner, Ronni Ancona, Dean Andrews, Nina Sosanya.


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021)

Everybody's Talking About Jamie poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.5

In the heart of Sheffield, England, sixteen-year-old Jamie New dreams of becoming a drag queen, defying societal norms and pursuing his true identity. With the support of his loving mother, supportive friends, and a touch of sparkle, Jamie overcomes prejudice and bullying to embrace his unique self, becoming the sensation he was destined to be.

Top cast: Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan.


Rose and Maloney (2002)

Rose and Maloney poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

In the gritty world of criminal justice, Rose Linden and Marion Maloney, a mismatched duo of investigators from the Criminal Justice Review Agency, tackle the delicate cases of potential miscarriages of justice. Their relentless pursuit of truth often leads them down murky paths, challenging official narratives and uncovering hidden truths that could shatter lives and change the course of justice.

Top cast: Sarah Lancashire, Phil Davis, Nisha Nayar, Susan Brown, David Westhead, Stuart Evans, Elle Lewis, Martin Malone.


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