October 10, 1964 (59)
Sarah Lancashire is an English actress, recognized globally for her standout performances in British television and theatre. Her noteworthy talent has carved an indelible mark in the world of performing arts, showcasing an inimitable blend of emotional depth and comic flair.
Sarah’s performances are an eclectic mix, spanning several genres and mediums. From her breakout role as Raquel Watts in the long-running soap opera “Coronation Street,” her multi-faceted performances resonated with audiences. Following her departure from the show, Sarah expanded her range with leading roles in dramas such as “Clocking Off” and “Seeing Red.” Yet, it was her performance in the hit series “Happy Valley” as police sergeant Catherine Cawood that truly cemented her place among acting’s elite.
Throughout her career, Lancashire has had the privilege of working alongside some of the industry’s finest talents. Actors such as Sir Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, and Nicola Walker graced the screen alongside Sarah in the popular series “Last Tango in Halifax.” Her rapport with actors Siobhan Finneran and James Norton in “Happy Valley” was palpable, creating some of the most tense and engaging moments in the series. Directors like Juliet May, Sally Wainwright, and Euros Lyn have guided Sarah to bring her characters to life in shows like “MotherFatherSon” and “The Accident.” Even on stage, her collaboration with director Marianne Elliott for the National Theatre’s production of “Guys and Dolls” brought rave reviews.
Sarah Lancashire has won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress twice, first for her role in “Seeing Red” and then for “Happy Valley.” She also received the prestigious Royal Television Society Award for her role in “Last Tango in Halifax.” Lancashire’s contributions to the field of performing arts were recognized when she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2017.