Caroline Quentin

BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL LIFE Caroline Quentin, 37, studied at an arts boarding school in Hertfordshire, aiming for a career in modern dance. With no formal training she found herself most comfortable on stage. She started in a pantomine in Luton at 18 a week, and then moved on to be a summer season chorus girl in a show on Lowestoft pier. She says she's lucky enough to have been able to 'show off for money' ever since, honing her skills in classical theatre as well as comedy and drama. However, Caroline has recently admitted that she would give up all her current career success in a second if she had the chance to dance professionally, as it has always been her greatest ambition. She has three older sisters, who she claims are much funnier than her. "All my family are dry, witty people. But I'm the one who ended up doing it for a living. Laughter was our way of communicating. It is a drug and I'm addicted to it. If you can make people laugh, they can't bully you. It's a fantastically powerful tool which I developed at boarding school... There's nothing nicer than making your classmates laugh when your teacher's writing on the blackboard and then making your face go completely straight." Caroline went to an all-girls school and so when she was young, men were 'alien beings'. "I was chronically shy as a girl and socially hopeless... I overcame it by being extrovert." Lives: Flat in Soho with her elderly dog Ollie On being single - " I have really taken to it. I think I would be happy to do it for the rest of my life."
WORK TV: Whose line is it anyway? - 1988-present An Evening With Gary Linekar - 1994 - Have I got news for you (guest) Paul Merton comedy series "Don't Tell Father" - 1992
Men Behaving Badly - - 6 series, at least 11 videos Written by Simon Nye and produced by Beryl Vertue, Men Behaving Badly is a sitcom about Gary and Tony, two lads who share an apartment below Leslie Ash's character, the blonde and attractive Deborah. Caroline Q plays Dorothy, the ever tolerant but nevertheless in control and assertive girlfriend (and sometimes flat-mate) of man behaving badly Gary. She definitely wears the trousers in their relationship, and as a result her character comes out with some hilarious one-liners, commonly used to insult Gary.
Dorothy (to Gary) - "Rearrange these words into a sentence; 'Tony and Gary are morons witless".
Dorothy - "Gary, Let me put it this way. Two people in car going down to countryside, relationship intact. One person in car going down to countryside, relationship over." Gary - "Right, we're off."
Kiss Me Kate - new for 1998, was the BBC's second most successful sitcom last year. A second series was recently produced by Carlton. Caroline Quentin plays Kate, an independent and happily single therapist who runs a counselling practice from home. She works with her partner Douglas (played by the show's writer Chris Langham), sassy secretary Mel and the nice -but-dim computer 'expert' Craig, who lives downstairs. Jonathon Creek - crime drama co-starring Alan Davies (won 1998 BAFTA for Best Drama Serial) "Up Line" - 1987
GUEST APPEARANCES: A Bit of Fry and Laurie - 1991 Paul Merton, the series - 1991 Mr Bean - "The Trouble with Mr Bean" 1992, traffic warden Harry Enfield - 1990 2 guest appearances "This is David Lander" - 1988 Room 101 RADIO The masterson Inheritance - improvisational show on Radio 4 - 4 series Much more (still to be researched) VIDEOS Women Exercising Madly - for Comic Relief 'Party, Party' - 1983 + 1996 comedy video also with Gary Olsen and Nick Berry An evening with Gary Lineker - Granada video, cast include Martin Clunes, Gary Lineker and Paul Merton. Men Behaving Badly - at least 11 videos are available
ADVERT VOICEOVERS Kodak Advantix Kotex Ultra Colgate Total Energy Centre Safeway Settlers Wind-eze SPOKEN WORD Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's "Love Lies" by Deborah McKinley 1997 "The Tennis Party" by Madeleine Wickham 1995
THEATRE/STAND-UP COMEDY Les Miserables - one of the original cast The Comedy Store - one of the 'players' The Improthon 1993 -in aid of charity at the london palladium with stars including Paul Merton An evening with Gary Lineker Live Bed Show - 1995; Paul Merton and CQ in Arthur Smith's comedy about sex, at the Garrick theatre, London. Low Level Panic (by Clare McIntyre) The London Cuckolds 1998 - 2 days before opening night she dislocated her knee when she gave the cast a party in her flat. "I slipped on a puddle of beer when dancing." Pictures of Caroline Quentin at the stage door at the London Cuckolds, Royal National Theatre, 2 July 1998 SINGS: Quentin and Ash - Tell Him 1996, Warner Records Music and singing in the London Cuckolds
QUENTIN MORRISSEY PRODUCTIONS - In 1998 Caroline Quentin set up a production company with Men Behaving Badly co-star Neil Morrissey. The company will be mainly concerned with TV, and Neil Morrissey has already directed some adverts promoting safety for Bonfire Night which feature his ex-wife and their son. "As a woman in the industry, it can be difficult to move your career beyond people's expectations. This will give me new opportunities, but also allow me to encourage other women to get involved in production." FUTURE Three Christmas specials of Men Behaving Badly Quentin Morrissey Productions Theatre Directing - "When I finish there [the National Theatre - London Cuckolds] in August I'm directing a play at Watford Palace - Terry Johnson's DEAD FUNNY. So that's scary! I've frightened myself actually!"
ON COMPUTERS Her internet knowledge is in her own words "on a scale of 1-10, way off the map". She leaves the emailing to her party Neil "He knows everything about it.. What I need is a Jonathon Creek. A lateral thinker, gentle, with endless patience who can help unravel the mysteries of the web and make me feel that it's oh-so-easy when you know how. Which I'm convinced it is. In the meantime I would be lost without my mobile phone and my fax machine - utterly indispensable". Although she admits to not being very computer or internet-literate, Caroline went on-line to chat with fans recently at the BBC's "Oi!" website to talk about her latest sitcom Kiss Me Kate. To view the transcript go to:
"... all the girls get the funnies in the shows I do. I'm just very lucky with the writers I work with, they seem to think women can be funny too." "I hope with the characters I play that they're not one dimensional" "If there's anything remotely grand thing about what I do, it's sharing what it's like to be human".
Do you prefer comedy or serious drama?
"Really, I think anything worth doing has both. I don't think any comedy not based in reality is funny and neither do I think any drama without humour is true, because I think that's the human condition."
Her perfect day:
"Get up at 7, do a bit of gardening, go for a swim, have lunch with a girlfriend, go back to bed for an hour, go to Marks and Spencer and something else I can't say in the category of entertainment for the evening - and I have to walk my dog too. I don't have many days like that in my schedule though!"

By the way; Her agent recently conned her out of almost half a million pounds!! It emerged that Caroline Quentin's agent of 16 years had been stealing from her wage packets!! Yet she never noticed because she was still receiving pleasantly fat cheques! " I had no idea what enormous sums of money I was earning... Because I never had never had the money, it was like a phantom sum. As the amount I was estimated to have lost got higher and higer, it became more and more ridiculous. It's like being told you won the lottery but someone burnt the ticket." She issued a writ against her theatrical agent Sharon Hamper and a few days later Sharon Hamper Management went bust, owing an estimated 750,00 to around 100 theatre and television stars. On an application by the Department of trade and Industry in 1997, she was banned from practising as an agent. However, Caroline still seems remarkably pleasant about the whole experience; "I'm not on the streets, am I? I haven't starved to death. I'm not saying it isn't nice to earn a good living - it's delightful - but I'm not going to lose sleep over cash. There are great tragedies in life and I wouldn't laugh through those. Being told I'd lost 421,000 was not one of them."
News The Men Behaving Badly team got together for a Comic Relief special edition of the programme, set several decades ago. It was broadcast on March 12 1999. Caroline is currently working on a new series of Jonathon Creek. The second series of Kiss Me Kate is being broadcast on BBC1. It was recently revealed that Caroline is now expecting her first child. She appeared on the cover of the Radio Times in May, with a full interview to supplement the new series of Kiss Me Kate.
LINKS The London Cuckolds Men Behaving Badly at the BBC's site Men Behaving Badly Jonathon Creek The Comedy Store and related sites Whose Line is it anyway?, Have I got News for you

Also by Caroline Marshall

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• Liza Tarbuck • Caroline Quentin • Lenny Henry • Pauline Quirke