Siobhan Finneran is an English actress best known for her role in the drama series ‘Happy Valley’. She made her screen debut with the movie ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’ in the 1980s and later worked consistently on television, most notably in ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘The Amazing Mrs Pritchard’. In 2005, she played the lead role in the stage play ‘On the Shore of the Wide World,’ which earned her the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award. Born in Oldham, Lancashire, to Irish immigrant parents, Finneran was drawn to the performing arts as a child. Inspired by the English comedian Eric Morecambe, she studied theatre before making her debut in the show business. In the initial years of her career, she established herself as a television actress, appearing in numerous drama series and shows. She has also appeared in a handful of films over the years and has a few stage plays to her credit. A divorced mother of two, the actress currently lives in Saddleworth, Lancashire.
Childhood & Early Life
Siobhan Finneran was born on 27 April 1966, in Oldham, Lancashire, England, to Catherine and Seamus Finneran. Both of her parents were Irish immigrants.
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Siobhan Finneran made her screen debut in the 1987 movie ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’. During 1989 and 1990, she played factory employee Josie Phillips in ITV1’s sitcom ‘Coronation Street’.
She continued appearing on UK television throughout the 1990s, having roles in ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Out of the Blue’, ‘Where The Heart Is’, and ‘The Russ Abbot Show’.
The actress commended the 21st century with her role of Julie O'Neill in BBC1’s drama ‘Clocking Off’. Subsequent roles followed in ITV1’s ‘Bob & Rose’; ‘Sparkhouse’ –the modern re-telling of ‘Wuthering Heights’; and the TV film ‘Passer By,’ starring James Nesbitt.
In 2005, she played the female lead in the play ‘On the Shore of the Wide World’ that premiered at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Finneran’s performance was highly acclaimed and earned her a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award.
In 2006, she was cast in the drama series ‘The Amazing Mrs Pritchard’. This was followed by her appearance in ‘Boy A’, a British film adapted from Jonathan Trigell's novel of the same name.
Finneran featured in the sitcom ‘Benidorm,’ which depicted the experiences of holidaymakers and workers at a fictional hotel, in 2007. Her projects in 2008 included the supernatural thriller ‘Apparitions,’ in which she portrayed a nun who investigates a priest who performs exorcisms.
During 2009 and 2010, the actress starred in the drama series ‘Unforgiven’ as well as in the period drama ‘Downton Abbey’. Later in 2013, she starred in the season 2 of BBC1’s ‘The Syndicate,’ playing a hospital employee and domestic abuse victim who wins a lottery with her colleagues.
She garnered much appreciation for her performance in the independent film ‘The Selfish Giant’ in 2013. Finneran earned a British Independent Film Award nomination for the same.
She did an international project titled ‘Un Illustre Inconnu’ (English title -Nobody from Nowhere) in 2014. Between 2014 and 2015, she acted in a stage production of ‘3 Winters’ at London’s Royal National Theatre. During this time, the talented artiste also had a supporting role in the supernatural drama ‘Midwinter of the Spirit’.
The year 2017 saw her as the detective constable Christine Freeman in the series ‘The Moorside’ and as a detective chief inspector Lauren Quigley in ‘The Loch,’ a crime mystery show.
In 2018, she featured in an episode titled "The Witchfinders" of ‘Doctor Who’. In 2019, Finneran had a guest role in an episode of the popular series ‘The Widow’.
In 2014, Siobhan Finneran was cast as a recovering heroin addict named Clare in BBC 1’s ‘Happy Valley’. Also starring Catherine Cawood, the crime drama centers on the personal and professional struggles faced by Clare's cohabitant sister, played by Cawood. The drama won the British Academy Television Award for the Best Drama Series in 2015 and 2017. Finneran earned a British Academy Television Award nomination for her performance.
Family & Personal Life
Siobhan Finneran met actor Mark Jordon during the late 1980s. They became friends and eventually got married in 1997. They have two children, a son named Joseph and a daughter named Poppy. She and Jordon divorced in 2014.