Melanie Hill

Melanie Jane Hill (born 11 January 1962) is an English actress, best known for playing Hazel Redfern in Auf Wiedersehen Pet (1985–1986), Aveline in Bread (1986–1991), Rita Dolan in Kay Mellor drama Playing the Field (1998–2002), Maggie Budgen in BBC school-based drama Waterloo Road (2012–2015), Julie Travers in popular BBC drama The Syndicate (2015) and Cathy Matthews in ITV soap opera Coronation Street (2015–present)

Melanie Hill
Melanie Jane Hill

(1962-01-11) 11 January 1962 (age 58)
Sunderland, Tyne and wear, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1984–present
Known forBread
Playing the Field
The Street
Waterloo Road
The Syndicate
Coronation Street
Sean Bean
(m. 1990; div. 1997)

Jimmy Daly
(m. 2017)

Acting careerEdit

Hill was educated at Monkwearmouth School before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she won the Vanbrugh award.


Hill replaced Gilly Coman as the character of Aveline in the last three series' of Carla Lane's BBC television sitcom Bread. She has also appeared in such programmes as The Bill playing Marie Carver (née Graham), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet playing Hazel Redfern, Hot Money playing Liz Hoodless, Juliet Bravo playing Jean Simpson, Emmerdale playing Avril Kent and Cape Wrath playing Brenda Ogilvie.

On 17 March 2009, she featured in an episode of Holby City, a medical drama broadcast weekly on BBC1 in the United Kingdom. This became a recurring role, as the actress appeared in subsequent episodes, following a story arc relating to the death of her on-screen husband. She also appeared in an episode of The Thick of It (series 3 episode 3).

In April 2011, she appeared in the BBC television comedy drama series Candy Cabs and in November, appeared in the fantasy series Merlin as Mary Howden. In April that year, she also appeared as Cissie Charlton, mother of footballers Jack and Bobby Charlton, in the BBC drama United, which was centred on the 1958 Munich air disaster involving Manchester United and in which Cissie's younger son Bobby was involved but survived.[1]

In 2012, she made her debut on long-running school drama Waterloo Road her character, Maggie Croft (now Budgen), is head of the canteen and house mistress of the building that is a home to many pupils and also married Grantly Budgen (Philip Martin Brown), making her Grantly's new wife. Also in 2012 she was in Coronation Street.

In August 2013, it was announced that Hill had joined the cast of the BBC Two sitcom Hebburn.[2]

In February 2015, it was announced that Hill would join the cast of Coronation Street as Cathy Matthews. She made her first appearance as Cathy on 20 April 2015. She was introduced as a potential love interest for Roy Cropper (David Neilson), which Hill was nervous about as Roy's deceased wife, Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh), was loved by the nation. Most recently (June 2015) and currently, Hill is starring in the third series of The Syndicate and Playing the Field.


Hill appeared in Brassed Off (1996) as Sandra. She appeared as the witch Ditchwater Sal in the 2007 film Stardust and the 2008 film White Girl.

Personal lifeEdit

Born to Anthony Hill and Sylvia (née Pratt) in Brighton, Hill was raised in her mother's native city of Sunderland. She married English actor Sean Bean in December 1990. The couple have two daughters, Lorna, born October 1987, and Molly, born September 1991.[3] They divorced in August 1997. She is a supporter of Sunderland A.F.C. She married writer and producer Jimmy Daly on 29 April 2017 at a pub in Muswell Hill, North London.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Hawk Norma
1994 Shopping Sarah
1996 When Saturday Comes Mary Muir
1996 Brassed Off Sandra
2001 From Hell Ann Crook's Mother
2007 Stardust Ditchwater Sal
2011 United Cissie Charlton
2012 Unconditional Mum
2012 Twenty8k Elizabeth Fitch


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Juliet Bravo Jean Simpson 2 episodes
1986 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Hazel Redfern 6 episodes
1989 Screenplay Pauline Episode: A Night on the Tyne
1989 Boon Susan Episode: The Relief of Matty King
1989 The Bill Polly Beacher Episode: The Mugging and the Gypsies
1989–1991 Bread Aveline Boswell Series regular
1992 Spender Sue Styles Episode: Fee
1993 Casualty Janice Hutchins Episode: Wild Card
1993 The Bill Lynda Chambers Episode: Living It Down
1994 Cardiac Arrest Sister Pamela Lockley 6 episodes
1994 Finney Lena Series regular
1994 Crocodile Shoes Emma Shepperd Series regular
1995 Performance Laura Episode: The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd
1995 Circles of Deceit Angie Norman Episode: Dark Secret
1996 Cruel Train Phyllis Pratt TV film
1996 Crocodile Shoes II Emma Shepperd Series regular
1998 The Broker's Man Tracey Smeeton Episode: Playback
1998–2002 Playing the Field Rita Dolan Series regular
1999 Silent Witness Liz Davies Episode: Gone Tomorrow
2000 Close and True Maureen Taylor Episode: Hurry Up and Wait
2001 Child in the Forest Mam TV film
2001 Hot Money Liz Hoodless Tv film
2001–2002 NCS: Manhunt DS Ruby Sparks Series regular
2003 The Bill Marie Carver Series regular
2005 The Afternoon Play Bonnie Reilly Episode: The Singing Cactus
2005 The Fugitives Glenda Banks Series regular
2005 Emmerdale Avril Kent 11 episodes
2005 The Brief Rennie Nicholson Episode: Blame
2007 Cape Wrath Brenda Ogilvie Series regular
2007 The Street Val Taylor 3 episodes
2008 White Girl Sonya TV film
2009 Holby City Kathy Hewitt 2 episodes
2009 The Thick of It Julie Price 1 episode
2010 Joe Maddison's War Selina Rutherford TV film
2011 Candy Cabs Stella Series regular
2011 The Body Farm Nicole Henderson 1 episode
2011 Merlin Mary Howden Episode: Lamia
2012–2015 Waterloo Road Maggie Croft/Maggie Budgen Series regular
2013 Hebburn Christine 2 episodes
2014 Cilla Big Cilla Series regular
2015 The Syndicate Julie Travers Series regular
2015 After Hours Liz Matthews Episode: Love Love Love
2015– Coronation Street Cathy Matthews Series regular


  1. ^ "United (2011)".
  2. ^ Dipper, Andrew (21 August 2013). "Hebburn series two: Melanie Hill joins the cast". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^ Roberts, Genevieve (11 March 2012). "Sean Bean: 'I got pretty good at walking in high heels'". The Independent.

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