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Jane Annabelle Apsion (born 17 September 1960[1] in Hammersmith, London) is an English actress, best known for playing Monica Gallagher in the hit television comedy-drama Shameless, Joy Wilton in Soldier Soldier and Violet Buckle in Call the Midwife.

Annabelle Apsion
Jane Annabelle Apsion

(1960-09-17) 17 September 1960 (age 59)
ResidenceHampstead, London, England
Years active1988–present


Apart from Shameless, Apsion is also known for her portrayals of Kirsty in My Good Friend, Beverly in The Lakes, Patricia Hillman in Coronation Street, and Mrs. Beech in Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom.[2] She has appeared in two separate episodes of Midsomer Murders, Death in Chorus and Dead Man's 11, as two different characters. She also played a part in the docu-drama about the Hillsborough Disaster, which aired in 1996 and told the story of the 1989 football tragedy.[3] In 1989 she also plays on Ghostbusters 2. A small role where she predicts the end of the world . She has since featured in an episode of Lewis and played a small role in the first episode of the sitcom In with the Flynns. Most recently, she appeared in the BBC series The Village alongside her Shameless co-star Maxine Peake.[citation needed]

In 2001, she co-starred alongside Johnny Depp, Heather Graham and Robbie Coltrane in From Hell as Polly Nichols, the first known victim of Jack the Ripper. Other films she has appeared in include About a Boy, The War Zone, Lolita, This Year's Love and Ironclad.[4]

Apsion appeared intermittently on Shameless as Monica Gallagher between 2004 and 2006, before becoming a regular cast member for the show's fourth series in 2007.[citation needed] She left the show in 2008, with her final scenes airing in March 2009 during the sixth series.[5] She briefly returned to the role in 2011 during the eighth series[6][7] and for the eleventh and final series in 2013.[8][9][10][11]

Outside of acting, she has appeared as a guest panellist on Five's The Wright Stuff during 2008 and 2009.[12]

In 2014, Apsion portrayed Annette Walker in an episode of the detective drama Suspects (TV series), and more recently she appeared in episodes of Call the Midwife as Violet Buckle (née Gee) and in episodes of Doc Martin as Jennifer Cardew.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Apsion is a former student of Godalming College and the University of Wales.[14][15] She is also co-founder and practitioner of the Rosen Method Bodywork in the UK, an alternative health practice which integrates mind and body.[16] Apsion lives alone in Hampstead.[17]


  1. ^ Dellam Corporate Information Ltd. Rosen Method Training and Therapy
  2. ^ "SAMabelle Apsion Filmography"
  3. ^ "Hillsborough Drama 1996 Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine"
  4. ^ Annabelle Apsion – IMDb
  5. ^ "Chatsworth Spouse is Off"
  6. ^ Shameless: Series 8 Storylines Revealed –
  7. ^ Shameless – Character Profiles – Monica Gallagher – Channel 4
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  9. ^ Shameless: Series 8 Storylines Revealed –
  10. ^ Shameless – Character Profiles – Monica Gallagher – Channel 4
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  12. ^ "The Wright Suff Guests On The Box"
  13. ^ "Press Centre: Doc Martin ITV 2013: Episode 6 of 8 "Hazardous Exposure"". ITV. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  14. ^ » about us » alumni Archived 1 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Annabelle Apsion – Biography
  16. ^ "Shameless actress Annabelle Apsion on the Rosen Method"
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