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Jacqueline Boatswain

Jacqueline "Jacqui" Boatswain (born 22 June 1962)[1][2] is an English actress.

Jacqueline Boatswain
Born (1962-06-22) 22 June 1962 (age 57)
Notable work
Grange Hill (2003–2006)
Shameless (2013)
Hollyoaks (2015–2019)

She is best known for playing headmistress Mrs Bassinger in the long-running BBC school drama, Grange Hill, from 2003–2006. The character's first name has never been revealed, but according to the sign outside her head teacher's office it starts with "S". Mrs Bassinger was not seen during the 2007 series, her function in the programme taken over by Cathy Tyson as deputy head, Miss Gayle. It was not known if Boatswain would return to Grange Hill, however the show has now been cancelled.

In addition to Grange Hill, Boatswain has appeared in Casualty, and as a police custody sergeant in the BBC daytime drama Doctors.

She also has extensive stage experience.

She has also appeared in Life on Mars and The Royal. In 2013, she joined the cast of popular Channel 4 comedy drama series, Shameless, for the final ever series playing Patreesha St. Rose. She also played Eileen the Crow in the 2015 video game Bloodborne.

Boatswain joined the cast of Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks as regular cast member, Simone Loveday on 20 February 2015. Hollyoaks aired a Come Dine with Me special week to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, with Boatswain as one of the cast members hosting. Boatswain left Hollyoaks in late 2018 with her exit airing on 23 January 2019. In 2018 she also played a role as Monique in the BBC Drama Collateral.


  1. ^ Jacqueline Boatswain: Tackling the Barriers | Ben Mirza. Retrieved on 19 March 2016.[failed verification]
  2. ^ @JacquiBoats (22 June 2015). "Thx @MrKarlCollins for my birthday cake of me as my Wolfblood character and my Hollyoaks familleeeee.#birthdaylove" (Tweet) – via Twitter.[failed verification]

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