- Born in post-war Germany to a British soldier and his wife, and raised in their native Wales until she was 13, when her family emigrated to New Zealand.
- Left school to become a full-time actress at age 16.
- One of her first professional jobs was as a dancer in an Auckland, New Zealand, production of John Osbourne's The Entertainer. Her costume consisted of three small, strategically placed Union Jack flags.
- Returned to England during her early 20s in order to push forward with acting.
- Among the jobs she supported herself with before her career took off were selling shoes and working in an antique store.
- A founding member of Actorum, the first actors' cooperative agency in Britain.
- Supports the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.