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Full Name  Janice Pearson
Role  Actress
Occupation  Actress
Partner  Richard Signy
Years active  1994 - present
Name  Jan Pearson

Jan Pearson as Kath Shaughnessy (a ward sister) from the BBC medical drama Holby City

Born  12 April 1959 (age 61) (1959-04-12)
Awards  The British Soap Award for Best Onscreen Partnership
Nominations  The British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance
Movies and TV shows  Doctors, Holby City, Martha - Meet Frank - Da, COPS, Terror! Robespierre and the F
Similar People  Adrian Lewis Morgan, Chris Walker, Lorna Laidlaw, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Ian Kelsey

Residence  Suffolk, United Kingdom

Jan Pearson and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh | 1st March 2017

Janice "Jan" Pearson (born 12 April 1959, Wollaston, Worcestershire) is an English actress known for playing Kath Shaughnessy in the BBC1 continuing drama Holby City and receptionist Karen Hollins in BBC1's daytime soap Doctors, which she joined in February 2009. In 2010, Pearson won the award of 'Best On-Screen Partnership' for her role as Karen Hollins with Chris Walker.


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Early life

Born and brought up in Wollaston near Stourbridge, Pearson always wanted to be a doctor. When she realised she did not have the qualifications to become a general practitioner she wanted to be an actress. When Pearson was younger she worked in the Royal Exchange pub on High Street in Stourbridge for many years.


Jan Pearson wearing a red shirt with three other women inside a room | Jan Pearson 140411 YouTube

Pearson has played Ann Davis in The Bill, Kath Shaughnessy in Holby City, Heather Deans in Silent Witness and she has also appeared in Wycliffe and now portrays receptionist Karen Hollins on Doctors. Pearson appeared as a Pandemonium Drummer in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and as a Marshall in the closing ceremony.

In 2001, she appeared on the BBC's Children in Need with two other Holby City cast members, one of them was Adrian Lewis Morgan who played Liam Evans in Holby City and now plays Dr. Jimmi Clay in Doctors with Pearson.

Jan Pearson as Kath Shaughnessy (a ward sister) from the BBC medical drama Holby City

Pearson is represented by Creative Artists Management.


Jan Pearson close-up photo wearing black shirt (a black and white image)

Pearson has appeared in films: Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence and Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution.

Career on Doctors

Jan Pearson wearing a black and white shirt inside a room with two men behind her holding a bag  | Jan Pearson 130611 YouTube

Since 23 February 2009, Pearson played the role of Black Country receptionist, Karen Hollins, in the BBC soap opera Doctors where she stars alongside her family: Rob Hollins (Chris Walker), Imogen Hollins (Charlie Clemmow) & Jack Hollins (Nicolas Woodman).

Soap Awards

In the 2010 Soap Awards Pearson & Chris Walker, who plays Jan's on-screen husband Rob Hollins, they were nominated for 'Best On-Screen Partnership', alongside EastEnders', Patsy Palmer & Sid Owen, from Coronation Street, Katherine Kelly & Simon Gregson and Emmerdale's Nick Miles & Nicola Wheeler. Pearson and Walker won the award adding the second win of the night for Doctors.

In 2012, Jan was nominated as Best Comedy Performance.


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