Mary Paula Wilcox (born 13 December 1949) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Chrissy in the popular ITV sitcom Man About The House from 1973 to 1976, but has also had large roles in TV shows such as both Elaine Jones and Janice Langton in Coronation Street, Beryl Battersby in The Lovers, Elizabeth Jones in Miss Jones and Son, Audrey in The Queen’s Nose, Lilian in The Smoking Room, Hilary Potts in Emmerdale, Pauline Johnson in Mount Pleasant, Carol in Boomers, Mary Shakespeare in Upstart Crow and Carole Hardcastle in Girlfriends.
Mary Paula Wilcox 
13 December 1949
|Spouse(s)||Derek Seaton (1970–1979; his death)|
Nelson "Skip" Riddle (m. 1991)
Wilcox was born in 1949 to Joseph and Mary Wilcox (née Harland) in Manchester.
Wilcox first came to public attention whilst a member of the National Youth Theatre, which she joined aged seventeen. She appeared in Coronation Street in 1969 as Ray Langton's sister Janice. She was offered her first starring television role in The Lovers, a Granada sitcom produced for the ITV network, largely written by Jack Rosenthal and co-starring Richard Beckinsale. There were two series of The Lovers, plus a feature film. She appeared in an episode of The Benny Hill Show (Thames) broadcast on 23 February 1972.
Wilcox was cast in one of the lead roles of Man About the House (Thames, 1973–1976) as Chrissy Plummer, who was regularly in a flirtatious battle of wits with her male flatmate Robin, played by Richard O'Sullivan. The series ran for six series and the main cast also featured in the spin-off feature film. Her follow-up role was as the eponymous single mother in Miss Jones and Son (1977–1978).
In 1991, Wilcox returned to situation comedy as Ros West in a Yorkshire Television sitcom called Fiddlers Three opposite Peter Davison before playing the character of Ivy Sandford in the pilot of Frank Skinner's Blue Heaven on Channel 4 in 1992, the show then went on to become a series. She appeared in several series of The Queen's Nose (1995–2001), and also played small roles in the films The Higher Mortals (1993) and the Woody Allen movie Scoop (2006).
On 27 October 2006, Wilcox appeared in the Only Fools and Horses spin-off The Green Green Grass as Marlene's sister. She has also played another character in the Only Fools and Horses universe, appearing in 2 episodes of Rock and Chips, playing Edward "Grandad" Trotter's estranged wife Violet. In 2007, Wilcox joined the cast of Emmerdale as Hilary Potts, mother of the vicar's wife, Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy).
Wilcox's theatre credits include Chris Hannan's play What Shadows about Enoch Powell's famous "Rivers of Blood" speech on immigration. This was performed at the Birmingham Rep, Edinburgh Lyceum and the Park Theatre, London in 2016 and 2017.
Other theatrical work includes: Great Expectations (Vaudeville Theatre); Canary (Liverpool Everyman / Hampstead Theatre); Dreams of Violence (Soho Theatre) and La Cage aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre).
Wilcox was married to fellow actor Derek Seaton from 1969 until his death in 1979 at age 35.
|1973||The Lovers!||Beryl Battersby|
|1974||Man About the House||Chrissy Plummer|
|1993||The Higher Mortals||Miss Bird|
|2006||Scoop||Garden Party Guest|
|1969||The Wednesday Play||Linda||Episode: "The Apprentices"|
|Her Majesty's Pleasure||Jennifer Bottomley||Episode: "All God's Chillun"|
|Coronation Street||Janice Langton||5 episodes|
|Hadleigh||Lolly||Episode: "Patron of the Arts"|
|1969–1970||The Dustbinmen||Naomi||2 episodes|
|1970||Kate||Rosemary Phelps||Episode: "The Love of Two Women"|
|1970–1971||The Lovers||Beryl Battersby|
|1970||Biography||Hilde||Episode: "I Measured the Skies"|
|1971||ITV Sunday Night Drama||Julie||Episode: "The Girl Upstairs"|
|On the House||Beryl Bagley||Episode: "Will the Real Harvey |
Micklethwaite Please Stand Up?"
|The Onedin Line||Agnes Bascombe||Episode: "Salvage"|
|1971–1972||The Liver Birds||Gloria Titlark||3 episodes|
|1972||The Benny Hill Show||Carol Fox||Episode: "Show 12"|
|Scene||Trish||Episode: "Quiet Afternoon"|
|Z-Cars||Nancy Roberts||Episode: "Public Relations"|
|Thirty Minutes Worth||Various||Episode #1.1|
|1973||Full House||Alice||Episode #1.12|
|1973–1976||Man About the House||Chrissy Plummer||All 39 episodes|
|1977–1978||Miss Jones and Son||Elizabeth Jones||All 12 episodes|
|1977||The Cost of Loving||Thelma Baynes||Episode: "The Human Element"|
|1978||Play for Today||Miss Selby||Episode: "The After-Dinner Joke"|
|1980||Peter Cook & Co.||Various|
|1981||Crown Court||Leonora Davis||Episode: "Leonora: Part 1"|
|1985||The Bright Side||Cynthia Bright||All 6 episodes|
|Mrs. Capper's Birthday||Maureen|
|1988||Boon||Dorothy North||Episode: "Topspin"|
|1991||Fiddlers Three||Ros West||All 14 episodes|
|1992||Brookside||Angela Heery QC||Episode #1185|
|1993||Casualty||Rosalind Paynter||Episode: "Getting Involved"|
|1994||Smokescreen||Sara Bean||All 6 episodes|
|Blue Heaven||Ivy Sandford||All 6 episodes|
|1995–2001||The Queen's Nose||Audrey Parker||24 episodes|
|1996||Life After Birth||Sylv||All 6 episodes|
|It Must Be Love||Irene|
|1998||The Stalker's Apprentice||Mrs Walwyn|
|1999||Peak Practice||Amanda Blake||Episode: "Alone"|
|2002||Footballers' Wives||Marguerite Laslett||3 episodes|
|Holby City||Helen Johnson||Episode: "Touch and Go"|
|2004||Merseybeat||Sheila O'Brien||Episode: "Distant Vices"|
|The Afternoon Play||Kathy Hughes||Episode: "Viva Las Blackpool"|
|2004–2005||The Smoking Room||Lillian||All 17 episodes|
|2004||All About Me||Sheila||Episode: "The First Mrs Craddock"|
|2005||Down to Earth||Frank's Wife||Episode: "Trouble 'n' Strife"|
|Murder in Suburbia||Wendy Archer||Episode: "Estate Agents"|
|2006||Doctors||Selena McKinnon||Episode: "Running Time"|
|The Green Green Grass||Petunia Lane||Episode: "Brothers and Sisters"|
|2007||Blue Murder||Dr. Pamela Haliiwell||Episode: "Desperate Measures"|
|2007–2008||Emmerdale||Hilary Potts||Regular role; 71 episodes|
|2007–2010||The Large Family||Linda Large||Voice; All 52 episodes|
|2008||A Touch of Frost||Gloria Collingham||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|2010||Moving On||Gail||Episode: "Rules of the Game"|
|2010–2011||Rock & Chips||Violet Trotter||2 episodes|
|2011||Doctors||Sue Gillen||2 episodes|
|2011–2017||Mount Pleasant||Pauline||49 episodes|
|2014||Jonathan Creek||Hazel Prosser||Episode: "The Letters of Septimus Noone"|
|2014–2016||Boomers||Carol||All 13 episodes|
|2015||Still Open All Hours||Linda||Episode: #1.6|
|2016–2018||Upstart Crow||Mary Shakespeare||All 20 episodes|
|2017–2019||Living the Dream||Maureen||9 episodes|
|2018||Girlfriends||Carole Hardcastle||5 episodes|
|Moving On||Aggie||Episode: "Lost"|
|2020–||Coronation Street||Elaine Jones||19 episodes|
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