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Pauline Collins (Cecily "Cissy" Robson)

Pauline Collins is best known for her work as the title character in Willy Russell's big-screen adaptation of his play SHIRLEY VALENTINE, which was directed by Lewis Gilbert. In the title role, starring alongside Tom Conti, Collins received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and won the BAFTA award for Best Actress. Collins originated the role on stage, for which she received Laurence Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards. Collins has been further nominated by BAFTA's TV branch, for her work in UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS and COUNTRY MATTERS.

In film, Collins's recent credits include starring opposite Glenn Close in ALBERT NOBBS and a critically acclaimed role in Woody Allen's 2010 movie YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER. Other credits include FROM TIME TO TIME, PARADISE ROAD and CITY OF JOY.

Her recent television roles include 2 series of Sky's comedy MOUNT PLEASANT, DOCTOR WHO, BLEAK HOUSE for BBC 1, WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS and MERLIN. She is best known on the small screen for playing opposite her husband John Alderton in UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS, and then spin-off series THOMAS AND SARAH.

One of the UK's best-loved actresses, Collins was awarded an OBE in 2001.

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