Joseph in Cardiff, Wales, May 2011
|Born||Lesley Diana Joseph
14 October 1945
Finsbury Park, Haringey, London, England
|Residence||Hampstead, North London|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Television||Birds of a Feather|
Lesley Diana Joseph (born 14 October 1945) is an English actress and broadcaster, known for playing Dorien Green in the television sitcom Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998, and again since 2014. Other television credits include Absurd Person Singular (1985) and Night and Day (2001-03). Her stage roles include UK touring productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie (2005), Calendar Girls (2011) and Annie (2015). In 2018, she was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, for the original West End production of Young Frankenstein.
In May 1973, Joseph appeared in Godspell at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth.
Joseph starred in Cinderella at Theatre Royal, Plymouth in 2008 and the Orchard Theatre in Dartford in 2009, and starred as Myra Wilson in the UK Tour of Hot Flush!. In 2014, Hot Flush! embarked on its third UK tour.
From 4 December 2010 to 22 January 2011, she appeared at The Grand Opera House, Belfast as the Wicked Queen in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In the summer of 2011, Joseph appeared as Chris in the stage show Calendar Girls, based on the film of the same name.
In 2014/15, she appeared at the Theatre Royal Nottingham as the Wicked Queen in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In 2015, she appeared as Miss Hannigan in the stage production of Annie at certain venues, sharing the role with Jodie Prenger and Elaine C Smith. In 2016/17, she starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Joseph portrays Frau Blucher in the West End production of Young Frankenstein.
In December 2011, it was confirmed that Joseph would reunite with fellow Birds of a Feather cast members, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke, for a theatre adaptation of the series. The trio toured the United Kingdom from May to July 2012.
A new series of Birds of a Feather was filmed after the rights had been acquired by ITV. The new series began airing on 2 January 2014 for eight episodes. In March, it was confirmed that a second series had been ordered which began airing in December. Following this, a third series was commissioned, and aired in early 2016.
Joseph starred in the ITV soap Night and Day from 2001 to 2003 playing the show's resident bitch, Rachel Culgrin. In 2002, Joseph appeared on a special edition of What Not to Wear, where she was given a makeover by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. In 2004, she starred in The Vagina Monologues opposite Linda Robson and Mica Paris.
Since 2009, she has been a regular newspaper reviewer on This Morning. She appeared in the 2014 series Secrets of the Asylum, a two-part series for ITV. In 2015, Joseph took part in ITV's celebrity sheep herding series Flockstars, beginning on 30 July.
On 22 August 2016, it was announced that Joseph would take part in the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Anton du Beke. In their first week, the couple scored 23 points for their waltz to "What'll I Do", in week two, 26 for their cha-cha-cha to "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps", in week three, 27 for their quickstep for "A Couple of Swells" from Easter Parade and in week four, 31 for their Charleston to "Won't You Charleston with Me?" from The Boy Friend. The couple left the series in week five, after scoring 24 for their tango to "Whatever Lola Wants".
Joseph began a radio show in 2008 on BBC London 94.9 with Christopher Biggins, airing every Sunday between 9am to 12noon. Biggins left the show after a few months, but Joseph has continued to host. She also stands in for Vanessa Feltz on her weekday morning talk when Feltz is on holiday.
|1969||The Bastard King||Catherine of Braganza|
|1974||Another Mother Makes Five||Gypsy woman|
|1975||Sadie, It's Cold Outside||Cashier|
|1983||Number 10||Rose Rosenburg|
|Absurd Person Singular||Lottie Potter|
|1988||Lea Girls||Shop assistant|
|1989||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Rose Farriner's neighbour|
|1989-1998, 2014--||Birds of a Feather||Dorien Green|
|2001-2003||Night and Day||Rachel Culgrin|
|2005||Lost Dogs||Maria-Carmen Todd|
|2006||The Secret of Eel Island||Green Beryl|
|2006-2009, 2014||Loose Women||Guest panellist|
|2007||Kings of 70s Romance||Narrator|
|2008||The Slammer||Erica, the critic|
|2009-2014||This Morning||Newspaper reviewer|
|2011||Little Crackers||Wardrobe mistress|
|2014||Secrets from the Asylum||Contributor|
|2016||Strictly Come Dancing||Participant|
|2017||Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming||Participant|
|1973||Godspell||Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth|
|2005||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Mrs Meers||UK Tour|
|2008||Cinderella||Theatre Royal, Plymouth|
|2009||Cinderella||Orchard Theatre, Dartford|
|2010-11||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Wicked Queen||The Grand Opera House|
|2011||Calendar Girls||Chris||UK tour|
|2014||Hot Flush!||Myra Wilson||UK tour|
|2014-15||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Wicked Queen||Theatre Royal, Nottingham|
|2015||Annie||Miss Hannigan||UK tour|
|2016-17||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Wicked Queen||Theatre Royal, Plymouth|
|2017||Young Frankenstein||Frau Blucher||Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Garrick Theatre|