She trained at RADA where she won the Vanbrugh award. Following her television debut in Juliet Bravo, she was the second actress to play the part of Aveline Boswell in Bread but has a long list of other credits to her name including Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Spender, Cardiac Arrest, Crocodile Shoes, The Bill, The Fugitives, Emmerdale, Meadowlands, The Street, Merlin, Cilla and Waterloo Road.
Film appearances include Shopping, Brassed Off and When Saturday Comes with her then-husband Sean Bean. Stage roles include parts in Women Beware Women, Twelfth Night, Deathtrap, Breezeblock Park, Who Killed Hilda Murrell? and Fire in the Lake.