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Philippa "Pippa" Haywood (born 6 May 1961) is an English actress. She won the 2005 Rose d'Or Award for Best Female Comedy Performance for Green Wing (2004–06). Her other television credits include The Brittas Empire (1991–97), Prisoners' Wives (2012–13) and Scott & Bailey (2012–16). In 2018, she played the role of Lorraine Craddock in the BBC television series Bodyguard.

Pippa Haywood
Philippa J Haywood

(1961-05-06) 6 May 1961 (age 58)
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Malcolm Newberry


Early life and educationEdit

Haywood was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.



She has an extensive television career which includes portraying the much put-upon Helen Brittas in the BBC One comedy series The Brittas Empire (1991–1997), Julie Chadwick in the 2007 BBC Two comedy Fear, Stress & Anger and the hot-tempered, sex-mad human resources director Joanna Clore in Green Wing (2004–2006), for which she won the "best comedy female performance" award at the 2005 Rose d'Or television festival in Lucerne, Switzerland).

Though Haywood is credited as "Philippa Haywood" in her earliest acting appearances, since the second episode of series 2 of The Brittas Empire in 1992 she has always been credited as "Pippa Haywood".[1] She has also appeared in many dramatic roles, including Jenny Thorne in the 1988 ITV drama serial The One Game, and Mrs. Upjohn in the 2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot episode "Cat Among the Pigeons". In 2002 Haywood was a guest star in the last episode of the first series of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

In 2007 she played the role of Veronica Gray in the first episode of the second series of Lewis and also had a guest role in a 2009 episode of Kingdom,[2] and portrayed the disgraced Miss Bunting in several episodes of the first series of Mr Selfridge (2013).[3] Since 2012 she has played one of the lead roles, Harriet, on the BBC One drama Prisoners' Wives, and costarred as Detective Superintendent Julie Dodson on the ITV drama series Scott & Bailey. In 2014 she appeared in the BBC TV adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia, as Susan Wyse.[4]

In 2015, Haywood took over the role of Helen Golightly in the long-running BBC Radio 4 comedy Clare in the Community. The character was previously played by Liza Tarbuck.

In 2017, Haywood appeared in the 2017 version of the British TV sitcom Porridge as Governor Littlewood.

In 2018, Haywood appeared in Bodyguard as Chief Superintendent Lorraine Craddock and in Agatha and the Truth of Murder.

Film and theatreEdit

Haywood has also worked in film and theatre. Recent stage credits include: House & Garden, Private Lives, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Requiem and Landscape with Weapon at the National Theatre. She is currently playing the lead role in Wanderlust at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. On 18 December 2016 she starred in Midsomer Murders with Hugh Dennis.


  1. ^ Olding Curiosity Shop biography of Haywood. Retrieved on 2008-09-15
  2. ^ Last, Mike (2008-09-12). "Kingdom comes to South Lynn". Lynn News. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  3. ^ "Mr Selfridge production notes" (PDF). (ITV plc). Retrieved 18 June 2013.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Cast announced for BBC One's adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp And Lucia". BBC. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

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