MEET THE CAST
DEANA HEATON – Julie
Deana is a Manchester-based Actress known for playing archetypal strong female characters that typify the north of England. Most notably, a 4 year recurring stint as a resident 'lady of ill repute' on Channel 4's SHAMELESS, showing a naughty but comical edge to this five foot feisty female. Deana was thrilled to be reunited with "Madame Lillian" (Alice Barry) for VALENTINE’S DAY.
Further credited productions include CORONATION STREET, HOLLYOAKS, SCOTT & BAILEY (recurring) and the Ken Loach film ROUTE IRISH.
A former dancer, Deana spent the best part of two decades based in and touring Italy and Greece respectively. With regular stints on Italian TV variety shows and the Greek serial drama AN M'AGAPAS, she speaks both languages fluently. Deana's first claim to fame is performing weekly dance routines alongside Take That's Jason Orange on the Tv show HIT MAN & HER.
JEAN ROGERS - Angie
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jean is best known as Dolly Skilbeck in EMMERDALE, a part she played for nearly eleven years, with appearances in BBC, Thames and ATV dramas, including three months in CROSSROADS. Her early years were spent in repertory theatre, two seasons at Chichester with Sir Laurence Olivier, and as a founder member of his National Theatre Company.
In 2015, Jean toured with Freedom Studio’s HOME SWEET HOME as Barbra whose husband Ron has early-onset dementia.
In 2016 she wrote and performed MY DEAR MISS TERRY in 2016, a play centering around love letters between Bernard Shaw and Victorian actress Ellen Terry. It will tour this year, including a performance at Ellen Terry’s National Trust home Smallhythe in Kent.
Jean has appeared in over a thousand BBC radio broadcasts, presented LISTEN WITH MOTHER and POETRY CORNER, and played Cosette in LES MISERABLES on the World Service.
SOPHIE SHAD - Tracy
Sophie has worked in film, TV, theatre and Radio from a young age. After making her west end debut at the age of 8, she went onto play principal role of Shona West in BBC drama GRANGE HILL for two years. Sophie trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Most recently she worked opposite Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in feature film ALLIED.
ALICE BARRY – Bev
Alice grew up in Burnley as the eldest of four children and came to acting late in life, after her son had grown up and left home. Alice has appeared in many acclaimed television programmes such as: CORONATION STREET, HOLLYOAKS, DOCTORS, BENIDORM, PETER KAY’S PHOENIX NIGHTS and most famously as Lillian Tyler, Chatsworth’s local busy-body and brothel Madame, in SHAMELESS.
Alice's sense of humour has been evidenced in her appearances for BBC's COMIC RELIEF appeals when she spoofed the knickerless tennis player in the famous Athena poster and also parodied Mena Suvari's scene in AMERICAN BEAUTY.
DANNY THORNTON - Jim
Wayne "Danny" Thornton is best known for his acting roles these days, but it was in his time as a professional rugby league player with Castleford (1986–90), when he first became accustomed to the spotlight.
His extensive credits list includes films: DREAM’S ASHES (2005 film), THE MANCHESTER PASSION (2006), PLEASE HOLD (2007), FREIGHT (2009), ARTIFICIO CONCEAL (2014). He plays Frank “Bonehead” Benson in the hilarious new feature ROUGH AND READY (2017), due to hit the big screen in Summer 2017. He has also made appearances in soaps including HOLLYOAKS, CORONATION STREET, EMMERDALE, DOCTORS and a number of other popular TV programmes- MERSEYBEAT, FRESH MEAT, SECOND COMING and BOOZE CRUISE to name a few.