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Pauline Collins stars in "Albert Nobbs," opposite Glenn Close, as Mrs. Baker.

Born in Exmouth and raised in Liverpool, award-winning actress Pauline Collins, OBE trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She worked as a teacher until 1962, and then debuted on the stage at Windsor in "A Gazelle in Park Lane." Collins debuted in the West End in "Passion Flower Hotel" in 1965 and a long list of successful stage roles followed.

Collins first came to prominence portraying Sarah Moffat in the hugely successful TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" and its spin-off "Thomas and Sarah." She also played Samantha Briggs in the 1967 series of "Doctor Who." Other early TV credits include the UK's first medical soap "Emergency - Ward 10," and the first series of "The Liver Birds."

She later drew acclaim for playing the title role in the play "Shirley Valentine" for which she received Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actress. She reprised the role in the 1989 film adaptation, winning a BAFTA and garnering Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.

After "Shirley Valentine," Collins starred alongside her husband John Alderton in the popular ITV drama series "Forever Green" in which the couple escape the city with 12 their children to start a new life in the country. It ran from 1989 to 1992 over 18 episodes.

More recently, Collins played Miss Flite in the BBC production of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House." In 2006, she became only the third actor to have been in both the original and newest series of "Doctor Who," appearing in the episode "Tooth and Claw" as Queen Victoria. Later that year, Collins appeared in "Extinct," a program where eight celebrities campaigned on behalf of an animal to save it from extinction. She campaigned to save the Bengal tiger and won the public vote.

Most recently, Collins appeared as Alice in the popular BBC TV series "Merlin," and she will be seen next in the new comedy drama "Mount Pleasant" on Sky.


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Age: 76 years old
Birthday: September 3, 1940
Height: 5' 2"
Birthplace: Exmouth, Devon, England, UK
Husband: John Alderton

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