Caroline Quentin (born Caroline Amanda Jane Jones; 11 July 1960)[1] is an English actress, broadcaster and television presenter. Quentin became known for her television appearances: portraying Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998), Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek (1997–2000), Kate Salinger in Kiss Me Kate and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder (2003–2009).

Caroline Quentin
Quentin in 2011
Caroline Amanda Jane Jones

(1960-07-11) 11 July 1960 (age 63)
Reigate, Surrey, England
  • Actress
  • presenter
  • broadcaster
  • author
Years active1980–present
(m. 1990; div. 1998)
Sam Farmer
(m. 2006)

Early life


Quentin was born in Reigate, Surrey,[2] to Kathleen Jones and her husband Fred, a Royal Air Force pilot.[3] She has three older sisters.[3] She was educated at the independent Arts Educational School, in Tring, Hertfordshire, and appeared locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival.[4][5]





One of her earliest roles was in the Channel 4 comedy drama Hollywood Hits Chiswick, alongside Derek Newark as W.C. Fields.[6]

Between 1992 and 1998, Quentin appeared as Dorothy in all 42 episodes of the sitcom Men Behaving Badly. From 1997 until 2000, Quentin starred alongside Alan Davies in Jonathan Creek playing investigative journalist Maddie Magellan, who uses Jonathan's mind to solve murder mysteries. In 1998 she starred in the first sitcom that was specifically built around her: Kiss Me Kate; that year she started the major role of Maggie Mee in the drama Life Begins, which returned for a third series in 2006. Quentin appeared in the television film Hot Money (2001), which was based on the true story of the theft of hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Bank of England.

ITV has produced five series of the police drama Blue Murder, in which Quentin plays against type in the main role DCI Janine Lewis. The pilot aired in the UK on 18 May 2003.[7][8]

Quentin has appeared in Whose Line Is It Anyway?; in a pre-Men Behaving Badly role as a traffic warden in the Mr. Bean episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean" in 1991; Room 101; Have I Got News for You; and the 2009–10 BBC comedy series Life of Riley, a sitcom about a dysfunctional blended family; and in the BBC Radio 4 improvisational comedy series The Masterson Inheritance, the Radio 4 comedy Any Bloke (starred with Jim Sweeney who was also in The Masterson Inheritance) and the popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog. She appeared as Heather Babcock in an episode of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, in 2010. Also in 2010 she started appearing, as a 1970's standard lamp, in Marks & Spencer's revamped food range advertisements.[9]

In March 2011, a documentary entitled Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India aired on ITV in the UK. The documentary followed Quentin as she traveled from the North of India to the South.[10] Quentin presented Restoration Home on BBC Two. The programme looks into the history and families of the UK's derelict mansion houses which are being restored by their private owners.[11][12] In 2012, Quentin began working on another documentary series, Cornwall with Caroline Quentin, which shows her travelling across Cornwall, for which she received some criticism due to apparently aiming the show at potential second home owners. She returned to present a second series of the show in 2013. In 2013, she hosted another documentary series, Caroline Quentin’s National Parks for one series.[13] Quentin starred in the Comedy Central series Big Bad World where she played the role of Jan, the mother of the main character Ben (Blake Harrison).

In 2015, she played the role of Angela Sim in an episode of Doc Martin. She played the role of Mrs Bumble in Dickensian (2015–2016). In November 2016, she guest presented an episode of The One Show.

Starting in 2017, Quentin was co-presenter of the BBC Two programme The World's Most Extraordinary Homes with architect Piers Taylor; 12 episodes were completed and aired. Subsequently, the series streamed on Netflix.

In 2020, Quentin participated in the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Johannes Radebe. Quentin became the fourth celebrity to be voted off on 22 November 2020.[14][15][16] Quentin later commented,"I have had the honour and privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers this country has ever known I mean I really believe it, I think they are absolutely fantastic."[17]

In May 2023 Quentin was featured in the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show, showing viewers around the garden of her home near Tiverton, Devon.[18]



Her early stage work had also included appearing in the chorus of the original English production of the musical Les Misérables in 1985.

In 2019 she played Lady Fancyfull in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Provoked Wife.[19] In 2022 she played Mrs Malaprop in the Royal National Theatre's production of Jack Absolute Flies Again, earning her a Laurence Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.[20][21]

In 2023 she played elder Emma Hamilton and Mrs Cadogan in Jermyn Street Theatre’s world premier production of Infamous by April de Angelis.[22]



In July 1996, Quentin released a single, a cover of the Exciters' hit "Tell Him", with her Men Behaving Badly co-star Leslie Ash under the name of "Quentin and Ash". The single spent 3 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 25.[23]



Quentin received an Ian Charleson Award commendation for her Masha in The Seagull at the Oxford Theatre Company in 1991.[24]

At the British Comedy Awards in 2004, Quentin won the "Best Comedy Actress" award for her performance in Von Trapped



In 2023, it was announced that Quentin had written a gardening book, titled "Drawn to the Garden", about her own experience in running a vegetable and flower garden at her home on Devon, which she began sharing on Instagram during the COVID-19 lockdown. Included throughout the book is various watercolours and sketches by Quentin. It will be released 15 February 2024.[25]

Personal life


Quentin was married to comedian Paul Merton from 1990 until their 1998 divorce.[26] Quentin met Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly, where he was a runner.[27] The couple have two children, Emily Rose and William.[28] Her daughter Rose is also an actress, and has appeared alongside her mother.[29] In 2006, she married Farmer in Tiverton, Devon. They lived briefly in Morebath Manor near the village of Morebath, Devon, close to Tiverton,[30] before moving to a smaller derelict farm nearby, which they renovated. Before moving to Devon, the couple lived at Walberswick, Suffolk.[31]

Quentin has coeliac disease and is the patron of Coeliac UK.[32][33][34] She is also president of the charity Campaign for National Parks.[35]




Year Title Role Notes
1983 Party Party Shirley
1987 Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
2010 Race for Life: Girls Just Want to Have Fun Short film
2014 Love Me Tender Woman Short film
2021 Tiny Cow April Short film
Father Christmas Is Back Elizabeth Christmas
Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop Sarah Clarkson
2022 A Week in Paradise Helen
Jack Absolute Flies Again Mrs. Malaprop National Theatre Live
Christmas in the Caribbean Amanda


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Squad Vicky Banks Episode: "Recruits"
1983 Video Stars Fritzie Lang Television film
1984 Dream Stuffing Brenda 3 episodes
Play for Today Receptionist Episode: "The Groundling and the Kite"
1987 Up Line Patti Technology Four-part series
1988 This Is David Lander Tricia Worthington Episode: "Not a Pretty Site"
1989 Shadow of the Noose Mary Bennett Television mini-series
episode: "Beside the Seaside"
Casualty Jane Locke Episode: "Banking for Beginners"
1990 Hale and Pace Series 3, episode 1
Harry Enfield's Television Programme Various characters 4 episodes
1991 Josie Series 1, episode 3
The Bill Ruth Otley Episode: "Breakout"
1991–1993 Paul Merton: The Series Dr. Gillespie/Frank's Wife 3 episodes
1992 Mr. Bean Traffic Warden Episode: "The Trouble with Mr. Bean"
Don't Tell Father Kate Bancroft 6 episodes
1992–1998 Men Behaving Badly Dorothy 42 episodes
British Comedy Award for Top TV Comedy Actress
Nominated: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
1993 All or Nothing at All Rebecca Television mini-series
episode 3
1993–94 Have I Got News for You Panellist 2 episodes
1994 An Evening with Gary Lineker Monica Despacos Television film
Entertainment Cops Miss Pennyfarthing Television film
1995 Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex Short film
1995-1996 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK) Herself Series 7 episodes 1, 4, 9, 11, 12 and Series 8 episodes 3, 4, 6[36]
1996 Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's... Caroline Episode: "The Missing Page"
ITV Chart Show Interviewee 1 episode
1997–2000 Jonathan Creek Maddy Magellan 18 episodes
1998–2001 Kiss Me Kate Kate Salinger 22 episodes
Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Performer (1998)
1999 Hooves of Fire Vixen Voice, Television short
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything Marcia Bournemouth Television film
2001 The Innocent Beth Pastorov Two-part series
Goodbye Mr. Steadman Gina Ravelli Television film
Hot Money Bridget Watmore Television film
2002 Blood Strangers Lin Beresford Television film
2002–2003 Living Famously Narrator 9 episodes; voice
2003–2009 Blue Murder DCI Janine Lewis 19 episodes
Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2005)
2004 Von Trapped Maria Moogan Television film
British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress
2004–2006 Life Begins Maggie Mee Leading role
British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress (2004)
Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated: National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2004, 2005)
Nominated: TV Quick Award for Best Actress (2005)
2005 Footprints in the Snow Julie Hill Television film
2009–2011 Life of Riley Maddy Riley Main role; 20 episodes
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Heather Badcock Television film
Just William Mrs. Bott 2 episodes
2012–2013 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin Presenter 2 series (18 episodes)
2012 In Love with Wilde Duchess of Berwick
Dead Boss Virna Series 1, episode 5
Switch Gloria Series 1, Episodes 1 and 6
2013 Dancing on the Edge Deirdre 5 episodes
Caroline Quentin's National Parks Presenter 1 series
Big Bad World Jan
2015, 2017, 2019 Doc Martin Angela Sim Guest role; 4 episodes
2015–2016 Dickensian Mrs Bumble 1 series
2016 Wild Animal Reunions Narrator 1 series
The One Show Guest presenter 1 episode
2017-2022 The Other One Auntie Dawn 4 episodes[37]
2017–present The World's Most Extraordinary Homes Co-presenter 12 episodes
2018 Walks with My Dog Co-presenter 1 episode
The World's Ugliest Pets[38][39] Presenter 1 episode
2020 Strictly Come Dancing Herself Contestant; series 18; Eliminated 4th
Bridgerton Lady Berbrooke 1 episode
2021 Midsomer Murders Helen Welles Episode: "Happy Families"
2021–present Derelict Rescue Narrator
2022 - 2023 The Lazarus Project Wes 11 episodes
TBA The UK’s National Parks with Caroline Quentin Presenter Filming[40]


Year Title Role Director Venue Notes Ref.
1985 Les Misérables Blind Beggar / Woman Worker / Whore John Caird & Trevor Nunn Palace Theatre, London Press night [41]
1985-1986 Barbican Theatre Original cast [41]
1987 The Colombian Cousin Tim Whitby Gilded Balloon Teviot
1988 Merrily We Roll Along Ensemble Julia McKenzie Shaftesbury Theatre A part of "Sunday with Sondheim" gala
1988-1989 Roots Jenny Beales Simon Curtis Royal Naitional Theatre
1989-1990 Our Country's Good 2nd Lt. William Faddy Max Stafford-Clark Garrick Theatre
Faith, Hope and Charity Heribert Sasse Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith)
1990-1991 The Seagull Mike Alfreds Lilian Baylis Theatre
1991 An Evening with Gary Lineker Monica Audrey Cooke Duchess Theatre
1993 The Game of Love and Chance The Maid Mike Alfreds & Neil Barlett Royal Naitional Theatre
1994 Mirandolina Mirandolina Dalia Ibelhauptaite Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith)
1995 Live Bed Show Maria Audrey Cooke Garrick Theatre
1998 The London Cuckolds Ensemble Terry Johnson Lyttelton Theatre
2007 Life After Scandal Christine Hamilton Anthony Clark Hampstead Theatre Original cast [42]
2011 Terrible Advice Hedda Frank Oz Menier Chocolate Factory [43]
2012 Pippin Berthe Mitch Sebastian Menier Chocolate Factory [44]
2014 Oh, What a Lovely War Ensemble Terry Johnson Royal Stratford East [45]
Relative Values Moxie Trevor Nunn Harold Pinter Theatre [46]
2015 The Life and Times of Fanny Hill Fanny Hill April de Angelis Bristol Old Vic [47]
2017 The Hypocrite Lady Sarah Hotham Phillip Breen Hull Truck Theatre Royal Shakespeare Company [48]
2018 Me and My Girl Duchess of Dene Daniel Evans Chichester Festival Theatre [49]
2019 The Provoked Wife Lady Fancyfulll Phillip Breen Swan Theatre Royal Shakespeare Company
2022 Jack Absolute Flies Again Mrs Malaprop Emily Burns Royal National Theatre [50]
Mrs. Warren's Profession Kitty Warren Anthony Banks Theatre Royal Bath [51]
2023 Infamous Emma Hamilton (1985) / Mrs Cadogan Michael Oakley Jermyn Street Theatre Original cast [52]

Audio drama

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Wooden Overcoats Madame Lansbury Manning Episode: "The Ghost of Piffling Vale"

Awards and nominations


Film and television

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1995 British Comedy Awards Top TV Comedy Actress Men Behaving Badly Won [53]
1997 Best TV Comedy Actress Nominated [53]
1998 National Television Awards Most Popular Comedy Performer Kiss Me Kate Nominated [54]
2004 British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Actress Life Begins / Von Trapped Won [55]
National Television Awards Most Popular Actress Life Begins Nominated [56]
Special Recognition Award Won [57]
2005 Most Popular Actress Life Begins / Blue Murder Nominated [58]
Monte-Carrlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Life Begins Won [59]
TV Quick Awards Best Actress Nominated [60]


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2023 Laurence Olivier Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Jack Absolute Flies Agains Nominated [21]


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Specsavers National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend Won [61]

See also



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