Karen Meagher

Karen Meagher, formerly Karen Lloyd, is an actress born in Rock Ferry, Birkenhead in Cheshire. Her family are originally from North Wales and what is now the Merseyside area.

Her first acting role was playing a skivvy in the 1979 television series The Mallens. This was followed by a role playing teacher Miss Broom in the BBC's 1980s children's programme Jonny Briggs.

She also played a young Lou Beale in the EastEnders special CivvyStreet, a spin-off that was filmed in 1988 but set in 1942.

Meagher is perhaps best known in Britain for the role of Ruth Beckett in the 1984 BBC nuclear war drama Threads.[1][2][3][4] At the time she was a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and was passionately committed to making a statement about the dangers of nuclear war in the United Kingdom. She also later appeared in a film outlining the risks attached to nuclear power; Chernobyl: The Final Warning.

Since then she has had many television and film roles including playing Inspector Murchison in Heartbeat, Grace Poole in a recent adaptation of Wide Sargasso Sea, as well as smaller roles in Dalziel and Pascoe, Carrie's War, Down to Earth, Doctors, The Bill, Bad Girls, and Father Brown.

She appeared in the 2007 run of Equus in London's Gielgud Theatre, portraying the nurse and was also understudy for Jenny Agutter and Gabrielle Reidy's roles.


  1. ^ Rogers, Jude (2018-06-08). "Threads terrified a generation – now nuclear war is being restaged in Sheffield". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  2. ^ BBC. "BBC - South Yorkshire - In Pictures - 'Threads' in pictures". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  3. ^ Ross Davies. "Was Threads the scariest TV show ever made?". Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  4. ^ Bass, Interviews by George (2019-01-08). "How we made the nuclear apocalypse TV drama Threads". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-16.

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