- Made her TV debut in 1988 in ITV drama London's Burning.
- Narrated Happy Birthday BBC in 2004.
- Has made regular appearances at the Royal Exchange Theatre in her hometown of Manchester.
- Describes herself as a 'huge admirer' of the costume department of the film and TV industry.
- Has stated that if Manchester were how it is today when she had been growing up there, she'd have never moved to London.
- Faced ardent opposition from neighbours in 2016 when she announced plans to bulldoze her home in Hampstead Heath, London and replace it with a three-store modernist building.