Lorraine Ashbourne

Lorraine Ashbourne (born on 7 January 1961) is an English stage, film and television actress.

Lorraine Ashbourne
Ashbourne at the 2013 Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards
Born (1961-01-07) 7 January 1961
Andy Serkis
(m. 2002)


Ashbourne has appeared on British series and television films, including: The Street, True Dare Kiss, Thin Ice, In a Land of Plenty, Boon, Playing the Field, City Central, Peak Practice, The Bill, Pie in the Sky, Casualty, In Suspicious Circumstances, Mr Wroe's Virgins, Rich Tea and Sympathy, and London's Burning. She narrated Happy Birthday BBC Two in 2004.

As a stage actress, Lorraine regularly appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, playing roles such as Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer and as Emilia in Othello both of which she acted alongside husband Andy Serkis.

Personal life

She has been married to actor Andy Serkis since 22 July 2002; they have 3 children, Ruby (b. 1998), Sonny (b. 2000) and actor Louis Ashbourne Serkis (b. 2004). The family resides in Crouch End, London.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives Maisie Davies
1988 The Dressmaker Factory Girl
1989 Resurrected Reeva
1995 Jack and Sarah Jackie
1997 Fever Pitch Mrs. Ashworth
2001 The Martins Lil
2005 King Kong Theatre Actor #3
2008 A Bunch of Amateurs Jane Jarvis
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Nicky
2010 Thorne: Scaredycat Ruth Brigstocke
2013 The Selfish Giant Mary
2015 Child 44 Anna
2016 Adult Life Skills Marion
2017 Breathe First Woman
2019 The Corrupted Pam Cullen Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Bill Tracy "Brownie Points"
1987 Casualty Sandy "Cry for Help"
1988 London's Burning Sue "1.2"
1989 Boon Judy "Big Game Hunt"
1990 The Bill Maria "Something Special"
1991 Rich Tea and Sympathy Karen Rudge TV series
1993 Mr. Wroe's Virgins Anne "Leah's Story"
1993 Fighting for Gemma Susan D'Arcy TV film
1994 The Bill Jenny Longden "He Who Waits"
1994 In Suspicious Circumstances Ann Bailey "Absence of Mercy"
1994 Casualty Teresa England "Relations"
1994 Three Seven Eleven Sylvia Powers "2.2", "2.3"
1995 Pie in the Sky Maeve Cormack "The Mild Bunch"
1995 Chiller Susan Taylor "Number Six"
1995 Peak Practice Tina Greaves "Life and Soul", "Other Lives"
1996 The Bill Shirley Briggs "Too Close for Comfort"
1998–2000 City Central Sgt. Yvonne Mackey Main role
1998–2002 Playing the Field Geraldine Powell Main role
2000 A Christmas Carol Sue Cratchett TV film
2001 In a Land of Plenty Edna TV series
2002 Clocking Off Sally Preston "Alan's Story"
2003 Love Again Betty Mackereth TV film
2003 The Eustace Bros. Anna Goodman "1.3"
2006 Thin Ice Eileen TV miniseries
2006 Jane Eyre Mrs. Fairfax TV miniseries
2006 Housewife, 49 Dot TV film
2007 True Dare Kiss Beth Sweeney Main role
2007 The Street Cath Hanley "Demolition", "Taxi"
2009 Lark Rise to Candleford Lilly Spicer "2.3"
2009 Law & Order: UK Maureen Walters "Care"
2009 Murderland Rachel TV miniseries
2009 Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas Catheter Finch TV film
2010 Moving On Treena "I am Darleen Fyles"
2010 Thorne Ruth Brigstocke "Sleepyhead", "Scaredycat"
2010 Little Crackers Miss Meadowcroft "Victoria Wood's Little Cracker: The Giddy Kipper"
2011 Coming Up Linda "Rough Skin"
2012 New Tricks Moira Wright "Body of Evidence"
2012 Public Enemies Marion Sharmer TV miniseries
2012 The Syndicate June Juniper "1.3"
2012 Homefront Cheryl Davies TV miniseries
2014 Silent Witness DI Rachel Klein "Coup De Grace: Parts 1 & 2"
2015 Inside No. 9 Carol "Nana's Party"
2015 The Interceptor Valerie Main role
2015 New Tricks Vicky Collins "The Crazy Gang"
2015 London Spy Mrs. Turner TV miniseries
2016 Jericho Lace Polly Main role
2017 Unforgotten DI Tessa Nixon Main role (series 2)
2017 Grantchester Cora Maguire "3.5"
2017 Maigret in Montmartre Rosa Alfonsi TV film
2018 Midsomer Murders Daniella Bellini "Send in the Clowns"
2019 The Crown Barbara Castle 6 episodes

Work in the theatre

Her roles in the theatre include[1][2]


  1. Murray, Braham (2007). The Worst It Can Be Is a Disaster. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 978-0-7136-8490-2.
  2. The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976-1998, 1998, ISBN 0-9512017-1-9

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