Jacqueline Denise Welch DBE,BSc,MA (born 22 May 1958) is an English television presenter and actress. She is best known for her work on British television.
Welch was born in Ebchester, County Durham, to father Vin and mother Ann, nee Ridley. She attended Bygate School, Whitley Bay, La Sagesse, Newcastle, and Blackfyne Grammar School, Consett.. She developed a penchant for acting at the age of 14, after she was cast in a school production of Finnegans Rainbow At the age of 17, she contemplated going to teacher training college when her father and drama teacher suggested she apply for the Mountview Theatre School in London. She was successful in her application, and remained at the school from 1976 to 1979, gaining her Equity Card while teaching dance at Watford Theatre.
Her first TV appearance was in the Tyne Tees Television production Barriers in 1981. A few years later she appeared in ITV's hit drama, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986), and she followed this with roles in the children's television show Byker Grove (1990-1991); A Kind of Living (1988); the Catherine Cookson adaptation The Glass Virgin (1995); and she appeared opposite Jimmy Nail in BBC's Spender (1991-1993).
In 1993, Welch became a household name when she was cast as Marsha Stubbs in ITV's drama series Soldier Soldier. Due to her success in the series, she released a single in 1995, a double-A side "You Dont Have to Say You Love Me/Cry Me a River", which reached #23 and spent three weeks in the UK singles chart.
In 2002 she guest starred in ITV's Where The Heart Is and BBC's hospital drama Holby City, playing risk manager Pam McGrath who conducted an on-screen relationship with the character Mubbs Hussein (played by Ian Aspinall). She has guest-starred twice in ITV's long-running police drama The Bill (1997; 2006) and has also appeared in BBC's Doctors (2004); Down to Earth (2004-2005); Born and Bred (2002-2003); and Hollyoaks: In the City (2006), among others. Since 2006 she has appeared as French teacher Steph Haydock in BBC's successful drama series, Waterloo Road.
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