Siobhan Finneran

Last updated on the 9 April 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 27 April 1966, Oldham, Lancashire, England. 

During her formative years, Siobhan Finneran developed a keen interest in acting and pursued her dreams by enrolling in drama school. She developed her skills at the Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she gained invaluable experience and nurtured her talent. Finneran’s dedication and commitment to her craft laid a strong foundation for her future success.

Following her education, Siobhan Finneran embarked on a career that would eventually lead her to become a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. She began her acting journey with appearances in various theatre productions, showcasing her versatility and range as a performer. Her exceptional talent was quickly recognised, and Finneran soon transitioned into television and film.

One of Siobhan Finneran’s career highlights came in the late 1990s when she was cast as the lovable and witty Janice Garvey in the hit British sitcom, “Benidorm.” Her portrayal of the character endeared her to audiences and garnered critical acclaim. Finneran’s impeccable comedic timing and nuanced performance made her a fan favourite throughout the show’s successful run.

In addition to her television work, Siobhan Finneran has also made notable contributions to the big screen. She has appeared in several films, including the critically acclaimed “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” and the award-winning drama “Happy Valley.” Finneran’s ability to captivate audiences with her compelling performances has solidified her status as a highly respected actress.


Suggested viewing


Benidorm (2007)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

In the sun-drenched shores of Benidorm, Spain, an ensemble of eccentric British holidaymakers gather at the Solana resort for a week of sun, sangria, and unforgettable escapades. From the amorous antics of Jacqueline and Donald to the hilarious mishaps of the Garvey family, each character brings their own brand of humour and chaos to this seaside haven, creating a tapestry of comical encounters and heartwarming moments that define the essence of Benidorm’s vibrant holiday spirit.

Top cast: Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, Jake Canuso, Sheila Reid, Janine Duvitski, Tim Healy, Tony Maudsley, Johnny Vegas.

Happy Valley (2014)

Happy Valley poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.5

In the gritty and unforgiving landscape of Calder Valley, Yorkshire, Catherine Cawood, a no-nonsense police sergeant, grapples with the lingering trauma of her daughter’s suicide and the challenges of raising her grandson, Ryan. As she tackles a series of grim crimes, Catherine’s resilience is tested to its limits as she confronts the dark underbelly of her community and the relentless grip of the past.

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

The Stranger (2020)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

Family man Adam Price’s seemingly perfect life is shattered when a mysterious stranger exposes a dark secret from his past, threatening to tear apart his marriage and unravel the foundation of his town. As Adam desperately seeks answers, he embarks on a perilous journey that blurs the lines between truth and fiction, uncovering a web of deceit and long-buried secrets that could destroy the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Top cast: Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Shaun Dooley, Hannah John-Kamen, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Head, Shaun Harris, Warren Brown.

The Loch (2017)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.9

Detective Annie Redford arrives in Loch Ness to investigate the disappearance of a local man, but her investigation soon takes a sinister turn when she uncovers a trail of secrets and lies that could bring down the entire community. As she delves deeper into the case, she uncovers a chilling truth about the creature that haunts the depths of the loch.

Top cast: Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran, Don Gilet, John Sessions, Gray O’Brien, William Ash, Alastair Mackenzie, Jack Bannon.

Time (2021)

Time (BBC series) poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.2

In the harsh confines of a British prison, Mark Cobden, a teacher consumed by guilt for his past crime, faces the challenges of adapting to a life behind bars. His struggles intensify when he encounters Eric McNally, a compassionate prison officer wrestling with his own moral dilemmas amidst the prison’s volatile atmosphere.

Top cast: Sean Bean, Stephen Graham, Hannah Walters, James Nelson-Joyce, Siobhan Finneran, Sue Johnston, Nadine Marshall, David Calder.

Downton Abbey (2010)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.7

At the grand estate of Downton Abbey, the aristocratic Crawley family and their loyal staff navigate the changing tides of the early 20th century. Amidst social upheavals, family dramas, and the arrival of a new heir, they grapple with the challenges of preserving their traditions while adapting to a rapidly transforming world.

Top cast: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Dan Stevens, Siobhan Finneran (S.1-3)


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