Julia Deakin

Julia Deakin (born 1952) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in the sitcoms So Haunt Me (1992–94), Oh Doctor Beeching! (1996–97) and Spaced (1999–2001). Her film appearances include Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and High-Rise (2015).

Julia Deakin
Born1952 (age 6667)
Spouse(s)Michael Simkins

Career

Deakin was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. In theatre, she has played Mrs. Sowerberry in the West End cast of Oliver!, singing the song "That's Your Funeral" with David Delve on a recording.

On television, Deakin played Stella Tulley in Side by Side and Marsha, the ageing divorcée landlady, in the sitcom Spaced (1999).

Deakin earlier appeared in the television sitcom Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1996–1997), where she played the role of May Skinner, replacing Sherrie Hewson from the original pilot. She has also made many single television appearances, including playing Jill, the receptionist from Pear Tree Productions, in one episode of the first series of I'm Alan Partridge, a rural dominatrix in Doc Martin as well as roles in Midsomer Murders and Coronation Street. She appeared in the sketch comedy series Big Train alongside fellow Spaced cast members Simon Pegg and Mark Heap. She plays Dr. Jean in the Alan segments on Modern Toss.

She has appeared on radio, as Eva Tattle in The Maltby Collection. She also guest starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Terror Firma for Big Finish Productions.

She portrayed the role of Daphne Andrews in House of Anubis. Her character left in series two.

Film

Deakin had a cameo in the feature film Shaun of the Dead (2004) and played the pub landlady Mary Porter in the film Hot Fuzz (2007) by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. In 2009 she was cast as Maggie, a Brighton mother in Ben Wheatley's British crime film Down Terrace. She later appeared in Ben Wheatley's 2015 cinema adaptation of High-Rise as Jean, the assistant to protagonist Dr. Laing.

Personal life

She is married to actor and author Michael Simkins.

Television

YearTitleRole
1992So Haunt Me Carole Dawlish ("Carole with an E")
1994Mother's RuinBrucella Pashley
1996–1997Oh Doctor BeechingMay Skinner
1997SparkUrsula Craig
1997I'm Alan PartridgeJill
1999–2001SpacedMarsha Klein
1999–2000Hope and GloryJude Jakes
2005Doc MartinGloria Rix
2006–2011DoctorsVarious
2011–2012House of AnubisDaphne
2013Big Bad WorldShirley
2014The Midnight BeastSylvia
2015–Holby CityCarole Copeland
2017BackEllen
2019Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Genevieve

Film

YearTitleRole
1985Mr. LoveMelanie
1990Dancin' Thru the DarkBernadette King
1994StaggeredBrenda
2000LiamAuntie Aggie
2002PureMrs. Rawlings
2004Shaun of the DeadYvonne's Mum
2004Between Two WomenAlice
2007Hot FuzzMary Porter
2009Down TerraceMaggie
2012The SweeneyOlder Woman
2013The World's EndB&B Landlady
2015High-RiseJean


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