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Linda Patricia Mary Robson (born 13 March 1958) is an English actress and presenter, best known for playing Tracey Stubbs in the sitcom Birds of a Feather and her appearances as a weekly panellist on the ITV series Loose Women from 2012.

Linda Robson
Born
Linda Patricia Mary Robson[1]

(1958-03-13) 13 March 1958 (age 61)
ResidenceIslington, London, England
OccupationActress, presenter
Years active1970-present
TelevisionBirds of a Feather
Loose Women
Spouse(s)Mark Dunford
Children3

As a founder student of Anna Scher's Theatre School she had a significant number of appearances on screen as a child actor.

Early lifeEdit

Robson was born in Islington, London to an English father and an Irish mother. She has two sisters. Educated at Ecclesbourne Primary School, where Anna Scher started her Theatre School in 1968 with Robson and Pauline Quirke being amongst the founding students.[2] Later she attended the Shelburne Secondary School for Girls, now amalgamated into Highbury Fields School,[3] and The Young Actors Theatre, all in Islington.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Robson first appeared on screen in the 1970 film Junket 89 produced by Children's Film Foundation alongside other actors from The Anna Scher Children's Theatre in Islington,[4] including Pauline Quirke.[5] Robson had a non-speaking role as a young girl amidst a group of roaming 'survivors' in the second series of the original BBC Survivors drama screened in 1976 and then appeared in Pauline's Quirkes (her first regular appearance with Pauline Quirke) and the drama series The Crezz, the comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon in 1982 and the IRA drama Harry's Game.

Birds of a FeatherEdit

Robson played Tracey Stubbs in the BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998, starring with Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph.

TelevisionEdit

Robson subsequently appeared in programmes such as The Bill and Crossroads. She appeared with Jenny Eclair and Dillie Keane in the original cast of Grumpy Old Women Live, a spin-off from the television series Grumpy Old Women, written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder. On 9 August 2007, she narrated a show for ITV, called Britain's Youngest Brides. In July 2008, Robson entered Celebrity MasterChef and went out in the first round.

In July 2010, Robson made a guest appearance in BBC drama series Casualty, playing the mother of a young man with bipolar disorder. Robson was the first celebrity to arrive in Australia ahead of the 2012 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, but was voted out on the 13th day in the camp on 23 November 2012, finishing in 9th place.

Loose WomenEdit

Robson made her debut as a guest panellist on Loose Women on 19 August 2003, appearing alongside Kaye Adams, Carol McGiffin & Terri Dwyer. Robson returned to the show as a guest panellist on 2 December 2010, before returning as an occasional panellist from 11 November 2011, soon later regular panellist Jenny Eclair left the show in June 2012, this meant Robson was made a regular panellist on 19 June 2012, replacing Eclair. As of 2016 Robson appears on Loose Women 1 or 2 times a week.[6] Robson made 3 appearances during Series 16, 28 appearances in Series 17, 44 appearances in Series 18, 35 appearances in Series 19 and 57 appearances in Series 20. Robson in Series 21, made 34 appearances, in series 22, made a total of 49. For Series 23 Linda made 21 appearances as of December 2018. Robson did not return after Christmas and has been replaced by Brenda Edwards.

Birds of a Feather revivalEdit

In 2013, it was announced that Birds of a Feather was to return for a tenth series, this time airing on the ITV network. The first episode aired on 2 January 2014 to an audience of over 8 million. After a successful tenth series, it was announced in 2014 that Birds of a Feather would return for an eleventh series, which began on 26 December 2014.[7][8] In March 2015, it was announced that ITV had commissioned a third revived series (twelfth overall) which began airing in January 2016.[9] The Final Series has been ordered and plans were mad to air in 2017. However filming has yet begun. Confusion occurred in February 2019 when Nigel Lythgoe seemed to suggest the series had ended. However an ITV representative later confirmed this was false as reported on digital Spy. ITV have confirmed a forth series will air and the hope was to start recording this year to mark 30 years of the sitcom. However this has since been put due to Lesley Joseph's busy schedule. It is unknown when recording will begin and the series will air but Joseph stated in an interview that it will not be this year.

RadioEdit

Robson is an occasional guest presenter for BBC London 94.9. In November 2012, she played the part of Lisa, the hypochondriac mother of Luke (Daniel Mays) in Alexander Kirk's play Told You I Was Ill, episode two in the series Living with Mother on BBC Radio 4.[10]

Other workEdit

In November 2014, Robson was a part of Gareth Malone's 'All Star Choir',[11] who released a cover version of Wake Me Up to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need.[12] The single reached No.1 on the Official UK Singles Chart.

In 2011, Robson appeared in the film Anuvahood as K's mum Pauline. In 2012, Robson took part in the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, coming in 9th place. On 12 November 2016 Robson appeared on Tipping Point Lucky Stars on ITV.

Personal lifeEdit

Robson has lived in Islington, London, all her life.[13] She is married with three children.

Robson's father was a chain-smoker, who died of lung cancer when he was 57.[14] Her mother also died of cancer in August 2012. In October 2013, Robson voiced an interactive video campaign for the British Lung Foundation aiming to ban smoking in cars with children on board in the United Kingdom, in memory of her father.[15][16]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Junket 89 Daisy
1972 The Trouble with 2B Daisy
1972 Anoop and the Elephant[17] Linda
1976 The Likely Lads Marsha
1976 The Battle of Billy's Pond Sally
2011 Anuvahood Pauline
2012 Outside Bet Lil

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Against the Crowd Marilyn "We Are All Guilty"
1975 Within These Walls Gillie "Remand Wing"
1975–1980 Play for Today Various TV series
1976 Within These Walls Pip "On Trial"
1976 Couples Sonia "1.73", "1.74", "1.75"
1976 Survivors Barbara "Over the Hills"
1976 The Crezz Linda Smith / Jane Smith "Fire Down Below", "Gone to the Dogs"
1976 BBC2 Playhouse Linda "A Martyr to the System"
1976 Pauline's Quirkes Various TV series
1977 Premiere Val "There's No Place"
1978 Television Club Jackie "Freshwater Shark", "Push for Poem"
1978 The Law Centre Maureen "Winning Friends, Losing Lovers"
1978 Out Mo "Maybe He'll Bring Back a Geisha"
1979 Dick Turpin Lucy "The Hostages"
1979 Thomas & Sarah Nelly "The New Rich"
1979 Kids Linda Platt "Stephen"
1980 Cribb Bessie Hardicker "The Horizontal Witness"
1980 BBC2 Playhouse Elaine "Mary's Wife"
1980 The Gentle Touch Chris Adams "Something Blue"
1981 A Sharp Intake of Breath Maureen "Match of the Day"
1981 Agony Mary "Hospital Romances"
1981 The Other 'Arf Sharon "Holding the Baby"
1981 Going Out Gerry Henshaw TV series
1982 The Agatha Christie Hour Edna "The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife"
1982 BBC2 Playhouse Sandra "Chains"
1982 Harry's Game Theresa McCorrigan TV miniseries
1982 L for Lester Jenny TV series
1982–1985 Shine on Harvey Moon Maggie Moon Main role
1983 Up the Elephant and Round the Castle Cheryl "May the Best Man Win"
1987 Lizzie's Pictures Shirley TV miniseries
1987 Bad Boyes Miss King "The Slug", "The Slug Returns", "On the Run"
1988 Thin Air Pat TV miniseries
1988 The Bill Janet Simmons "Runaround"
1988 South of the Border Maureen "1.5"
1988 CivvyStreet Flo TV film
1989–1998 Birds of a Feather Tracey Stubbs Main role
1995 Shine on Harvey Moon Maggie Moon Main role
1996 Royal Variety Performance Tracy Stubbs TV film
2003 Crossroads Wanda Wise TV series
2003 The Bill Michelle Page "137"
2003, 2012– Loose Women Herself Guest Panellist (2003)
Regular Panellist (2012–)
2004 Monkey Trousers Various TV film
2006 The Slammer Sue "1.3"
2006 The Bill Christine Howarth "460"
2010 Casualty Louise Costello "Going Solo"
2013 Common Ground Michelle "Barry"
2014 Text Santa 2014 Tracey Stubbs TV film
2014–present Birds of a Feather Tracey Stubbs Main role
2017 Gone to Pot American Road Trip Herself, co-presenter
2018 Hollyoaks

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Linda Patricia Mary ROBSON - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (24 March 2004). "Simon Hattenstone meets Anna Scher". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ "History of the school - Highbury Fields School". www.highburyfields.islington.sch.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Junket 89 (1970)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ Shail, Robert (2016). The Children's Film Foundation: History and Legacy. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781844578603. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Linda Robson | Loose Women". ITV. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Birds of a Feather recommissioned for second ITV series – TV News". Digital Spy. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Birds of a Feather recommissioned for second series | presscentre". Itv.com. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ Eames, Tom. "Birds of a Feather renewed for 12th series by ITV – TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Living with Mother, Series 2, Told You I Was Ill". BBC. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Children in Need – Gareth Malone forms an all-star choir for the Official BBC Children in Need single". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  12. ^ Gareth Malone (25 September 2014). "Gareth Malone to form All-Star Choir for official BBC Children in Need single 2014 – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  13. ^ Loose Women, 29 January 2013
  14. ^ This Morning, 24 January 2012
  15. ^ "Smoking in cars – Linda Robson". Blf.org.uk. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Smoking in cars - Linda Robson". BritLungFoundation. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Anoop and the Elephant". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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