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Born in 1961 in Cwmbran, South Wales to an African father and a Yorkshire mother, her early years were spent in her father's native country of Sierra Leone, settling first in Freetown, and later in Kenema. She visited Yorkshire on and off as a child and settled permanently when she was eleven years old. From then on she attended Holmfirth High School, and retains strong links with the area.
She trained as a hairdresser and owned two salons in Huddersfield. She then sold these two successful businesses before doing a two year BTEC course in Performing Arts at Barnsley Electric Theatre. From there she successfully auditioned for higher level drama courses and went on to train at Capitol Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has always worked with youth drama groups, and her first job out of university was a two year contract running the Youth Theatre at the Palace Theatre, Redditch.
Other TV and film credits include roles in The World of Lee Evans, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, The Bill, Rhinoceros, Dinnerladies, Emmerdale, Casualty, Between the Sheets, Bodies, Doctors, Love Lies Bleeding, Sorted, Waterloo Road, The Chase, Skins, The Street, Blue Murder, Lunch Monkeys, Monroe, Trollied, Shameless, 4 O'Clock Club and Hit & Miss.