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Name  Paula Wilcox
Role  Actress
Movies  The Stalker's Apprentice

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Full Name  Mary Paula Wilcox
Born  13 December 1949 (age 71) (1949-12-13) Manchester, England
Spouse  Nelson Skip Riddle (m. 1991), Derek Seaton (m. 1969–1979)
TV shows  Man About The House, The Lovers, Boomers, Miss Jones and Son, Mount Pleasant
Similar People  Sally Thomsett, Richard O'Sullivan, Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Doug Fisher

Mary Paula Wilcox (born 13 December 1949) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Chrissy Plummer in the British comedy Man About the House (1973–1976) and later as Hilary Potts in Emmerdale.


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Acting career

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Wilcox first came to public attention whilst a member of the National Youth Theatre, which she joined aged seventeen. She appeared in Coronation Street in 1969 as Ray Langton's sister Janice. She was offered her first starring television role in The Lovers, a Granada sitcom produced for the ITV network largely written by Jack Rosenthal and co-starring Richard Beckinsale. There were two series of The Lovers, plus a feature film. She appeared in an episode of The Benny Hill Show (Thames) broadcast on 23 February 1972.

Wilcox was cast in one of the lead roles of Man About the House (Thames, 1973–76) as Chrissy Plummer, who was regularly in a flirtatious battle of wits with her male flatmate Robin, played by Richard O'Sullivan. The series ran for six series and the main cast also featured in the spin-off feature film. Her follow-up role was as the eponymous single mother in Miss Jones and Son (1977–78).

In 1991, Wilcox returned to situation comedy as Ros West in a Yorkshire Television sitcom called Fiddlers Three opposite Peter Davison before playing the character of Ivy Sandford in the pilot of Frank Skinner's Blue Heaven on Channel 4 in 1992 - the show then went on to become a series. She appeared in several series of The Queen's Nose (1995–2001), and also played small roles in the films The Higher Mortals (1993) and the Woody Allen movie Scoop (2006).

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On 27 October 2006, Wilcox appeared in the Only Fools and Horses spin-off The Green Green Grass as Marlene's sister. She has also played another character in the Only Fools and Horses universe, appearing in 2 episodes of Rock and Chips, playing Edward "Grandad" Trotter's estranged wife Violet. In 2007 Wilcox joined the cast of Emmerdale as Hilary Potts, mother of the vicar's wife, Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy).

In 2008, Wilcox portrayed Bette Davis in a theatrical play, Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?. In 2010, she portrayed a mother of a gay son in a theatrical play, Canary.

In November 2010, Wilcox took the leading role as a Liverpudlian private eye in Following from the Front, a BBC radio play first broadcast in November 2010 and again in January 2015

She has played Pauline Johnson in the Sky1 sitcom series Mount Pleasant since 2011.

In addition to her other work, Wilcox has made guest appearances in programmes such as Footballers' Wives, Holby City and Down to Earth. She was cast as Lilian in the BBC Three sitcom The Smoking Room.

In 2014, she had a starring role in the comedy series Boomers and the following year she had a role in an episode of Still Open All Hours.

Personal life

Wilcox was married to actor Derek Seaton from 1970 to 1979 (his death). She later married Nelson "Skip" Riddle, son of the bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle.


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