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Byline: Caroline Quentin

Image: Tough-talking independent woman Best known for: Playing Dorothy in 1990's sitcom Men Behaving Badly Early life: Born Caroline Jones in Reigate, Surrey, on July 11, 1960. She has three older sisters. She learnt her trade at the Tring Park School, a boarding school focusing on the performing arts, which would eventually give her the platform to forge a TV career. Her first proper job, however, came on stage in Lowestoft, where, at the age of 16, she was a member of a chorus line.

Career: During the 1980s, Quentin had small, supporting roles in a number of projects. In the early 1990s she made appearances in Harry Enfield and Chums before landing the role of Dorothy on Men Behaving Badly in 1992, which eventually ended in 1998. Jonathan Creek offered Quentin a chance to delve into slightly more serious territory. Acting projects since include Life Begins, Blue Murder, Life of Riley, Just William, Dead Boss, Switch and Dancing on the Edge. Quentin also presents Restoration Home and has begun a second TV career as a travelogue presenter thanks to series such as A Passage Through India and Caroline Quentin's Cornwall.

Love life: Married Have I Got News For You team captain Paul Merton in 1990, but they divorced in 1998. She wed Sam Farmer in 2006 and they have two children, Emily and William. Don't mention: Quentin & Ash: the actress embarked on a short-lived pop career with her Men Behaving Badly co-star, Leslie Ash, in 1996. Their single Tell Him reached number 25 and disappeared from the charts three weeks later.

Quote: "Reaching 50 is a reason for great celebration, if you ask me, because we all know people at this stage who haven't made it. In the end, it's so much better than the alternative."

Tonight: Caroline Quentin's National Parks, ITV, 8pm.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 4, 2013
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