Unforgotten – ITV’s hit crime drama – returns tonight with a brand new case. Who plays the suspicious Jenny?
The show, in which Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar appear as two police officers investigating cold cases, introduces a new six-part story.
In addition to Sheila Hancock, actress Janet also appears.
But who is Janet and what was she in before?
Who is Janet Dibley and who does she play in Unforgotten?
Actress Janet, 62, plays Jenny in the ITV crime drama somehow implicated in the new cold case – that of a dismembered corpse found in a 1990 junkyard freezer.
Before Unforgotten, however, Janet had a long and successful acting career, starring in some of the biggest shows on British television.
Born in Doncaster in 1958, she first became a national favorite when she starred alongside Nicholas Lyndhurst on the ITV sitcom The Two Of Us.
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Janet also starred in the dramas Band Of Gold, Fat Friends and The Chase, as well as the BBC daily soap Doctors from 2003 to 2012.
She also played three different characters in Casualty over the course of 16 years.
Unforgotten, who played Janet Dibley in EastEnders?
Janet played Lorna Cartwright in EastEnders between 1997 and 2016.
Lorna was an alcoholic who met Phil Mitchell at AA meetings and soon developed a sexual relationship with him.
Their relationship soon turned toxic when Phil tried to end the affair, but instead Lorna became obsessed and called Phil’s then-wife, Kathy Beale, to introduce herself.
Despite her attempts to restart the affair with Phil, he didn’t want to know and in a desperate state she tried to take her life.
They went their separate ways after Phil saved her, but 18 years later they met again at another addiction support group.
Was Janet on Coronation Street too?
In 2018, Janet landed a role on the UK’s other great soap, Coronation Street.
For two years she played Melinda Calvert on the cobblestones of Weatherfield.
Melinda was the headmistress of Bessie Street School and became involved in the story of Brian Packham.
Brian came over to report Deputy Chief Phil Gillespie for making his life miserable.
Is janet married?
Janet married actor Tyler Butterworth in 1998.
She said of their first meeting, “I played a single mom and Tyler played the guy next door, but off-screen we didn’t like each other at all.
“But then we met again when we were working with Sir Alan Ayckbourn in Scarborough on his play Absent Friends.
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“Until then, I was a single parent – in fact, we’d both left our previous relationships – and at first we were a little disappointed that we were in the same line-up.
“But I realized there was more to this guy than I thought and by the end of the run we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.”
They have a son, Todd, together.
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