She is best known for the role of Sandra Hutchinson in the enormously successful BBC TV series The Liver Birds which ran from 1969 to 1979 with a brief revival in 1996. Her main co-stars were Mollie Sugden and Polly James.
She later played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse, a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award.
In the theatre she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Stage Company at the Royal Court and The Theatre of Comedy.
She also guest starred in the Doctor Who story Kinda (1982) alongside notable actors Peter Davison, Richard Todd and Simon Rouse; and was also a producer on the Sky One drama Is Harry on the Boat? (2001).