Sarah Lancashire

English actress

Sarah-Jane Abigail Lancashire OBE (born 10 October 1964) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in Coronation Street (1991–1996, 2000), Where the Heart Is (1997–1999), Clocking Off (2000) and Seeing Red (2000). She has won two BAFTA Awards.

Sarah Lancashire

Sarah-Jane Abigail Lancashire

(1964-10-10) 10 October 1964 (age 59)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Years active1986–present
Known forList of credits
  • Gary Hargreaves
    (m. 1987; div. 1997)
  • Peter Salmon
    (m. 2001)
RelativesGeoffrey Lancashire (father)
AwardsFull list

Since the 2010s Lancashire has earned success and critical acclaim for her roles in the drama series Last Tango in Halifax (2012–2020) and Happy Valley (2014–2023).

In 2022, she played Julia Child in the HBO Max drama Julia.[1]

In 2024, she was announced to replace Blethyn as Vera[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Coronation Street Wendy Farmer 1 episode
1988 Dramarama Janice Dobbs 1 episode: "Forever Young"
1989 Bradley Wendy 1 episode
Watching Ms. Linden 1 episode: "Joking"
1991 About Face Rebecca 1 episode: "Monkey Business"


Coronation Street Raquel Watts 532 episodes
1992 Exam Conditions Secretary Television film
1997 Bloomin' Marvellous Liz Deacon 6 episodes
1997–1999 Where the Heart is Ruth Goddard 3 series
1998 Verdict Anne Cloves QC 1 episode: "Split Second"
1999 Murder Most Horrid Karen Sullivan 1 episode: "Going Solo"
2000 Clocking Off Yvonne Kolakowski Series 1
Seeing Red Coral Atkins Television film
Chambers Ruth Quirke 6 episodes
My Fragile Heart Trina Lavery Miniseries
2001 Gentleman's Relish Violet Askey Television film
The Glass Carol Parker 6 episodes
Back Home Peggy Dickinson Television film
2002 The Cry Meg Bartlett Miniseries
Birthday Girl Rachel Jones Television film
2002–2005 Rose and Maloney Rose Linden Pilot and 2 series
2003 Sons and Lovers Gertrude Morel Miniseries
2005 The Rotters' Club Barbara Chase Miniseries
Cherished Angela Cannings Television film
2006 Angel Cake Elaine Wilson Television film
2007 Skins Mary Miles 1 episode: "Chris"
Sex, The City and Me Ruth Gilbert Television film
Oliver Twist Mrs. Corney Miniseries
2008 Doctor Who Ms. Foster 1 episode: "Partners in Crime"
2008–2011 Lark Rise to Candleford Adult Laura Timmins 4 series;


2009 All the Small Things Esther Caddick 6 episodes
Wuthering Heights Nelly Dean Miniseries
2010 Five Daughters Rosemary Nicholls Miniseries
Inspector George Gently Mallory Brown 1 episode: "Peace and Love"
2012 Upstairs Downstairs Miss Whisset 2 episodes
2012–2013 The Paradise Miss Audrey 2 series
2012–2020 Last Tango in Halifax Caroline Dawson 5 series
2014–2016, 2023 Happy Valley Sgt. Catherine Cawood 3 series
2015 The Dresser Madge Television film
2017 School of Roars Mrs Twirlyhorn CBeebiesanimation;voiceover
2018 Kiri Miriam Grayson Channel 4miniseries
2019 MotherFatherSon Angela Howard Main role
2019 The Accident Polly Bevan Channel 4miniseries
2020 Talking Heads Gwen Episode: An Ordinary Woman
2022–2023 Julia Julia Child Main role
TBC Vera Vera Stanhope Main role


  1. "Sarah Lancashire becomes master — and teacher — of French cooking as Julia Child".
  2. Duke, by Simon (2024-04-26). "Sarah Lancashire leads 'contenders' to replace Brenda Blethyn in Vera". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2024-04-28.