Pauline Collins

Pauline Collins is a British actress best known for playing Sarah Moffat in the television series “Upstairs, Downstairs” (1971-1973) and its spin-off “Thomas & Sarah” (1979). She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1990 for her major role in “Shirley Valentine.” In 1965, she made her West End debut in a staging of “Passion Flower Hotel” in London.

Collins appeared in episodes of “Mount Pleasant,” “Bleak House,” and “The Ambassador” on television. In 1992, she published her memoirs, “Letter to Louise.” Pauline worked as a teacher until 1962 before embarking on her acting career. In 1962, she made her stage debut in Windsor’s “A Gazelle in Park Lane.” “Secrets of a Windmill Girl,” Paulins’ debut feature film, was released in 1966.

What is the Net Worth of Pauline Collins?

Pauline Collins is one of the few people with such a broad range of experience who stays loyal to herself no matter what she does. She has a net worth of $5 million as of 2022, and she also earns a substantial salary in the thousands of dollars every year. In 1981, Collins starred in a TV commercial for Maxwell House coffee. In addition, her acting job is her primary source of income.

Early Life and Education

On September 3, 1940, in Exmouth, Devon, England, Pauline Collins took her first step. She is of mixed race and British nationality, as she is of Irish heritage. Her race is Caucasian, and her religion is Roman Catholic. Pauline’s current age is 81, which she celebrated in September of 2021, and her zodiac sign is Virgo, according to her birth date. Mary Honora Collins (mother), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Collins (father), a school headmaster, are her parents.

Pauline attended Sacred Heart High School and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she received her schooling.

Pauline Collins’s Career Timeline

  • She conceived her acting career making her stage debut at Windsor in “A Gazelle in Park Lane” in 1962 and her West End debut in “Passion Flower Hotel” in 1965 after which she made her first film, “Secrets of a Windmill Girl”, released in 1966.
  • Then she played Samantha Briggs in the 1967 “Doctor Who” serial “The Faceless Ones” as well as she starred in the UK’s first medical soap “Emergency Ward 10” (1960), and the pilot episode and first series of “The Liver Birds”, both in 1969.
  • She gained much fame after she was seen as the maid Sarah in the 1970s ITV drama series “Upstairs, Downstairs”.
  • Likewise, she can be seen in numerous films and Tv series like “Thomas & Sarah” (1979), “Wodehouse Playhouse” (1975-1978), “Little Miss”, “No, Honestly”, and many others.
  • As well, Pauline recorded a 1973 single for “Decca: What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Arthur?”.

British Actress, Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins is a British Actress. (Source: @superstarsbio)
  • Later she appeared in the one-woman play “Shirley Valentine” in London in 1988, reprising the role on Broadway in 1989 and in the 1989 film version after which she starred in the drama series “Forever Green”.
  • Her film credits include 1992’s “City of Joy”, 1995’s “My Mother’s Courage”, 1997’s “Paradise Road”, and 2002’s “Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War” whereas her other television credits include “The Saint”, “The Wednesday Play”, “Armchair Theatre”, “Play for Today”, “Tales of the Unexpected”, “Country Matters”, and “The Black Tower”.
  • She played the lead role of the British ambassador to Ireland in the BBC television drama “Ambassador” in 1999 and 2000.
  • Also, Pauline became only the third actor to have been in both the original and new series of “Doctor Who” in 2006.
  • She was cast as part of Sky 1’s new comedy-drama “Mount Pleasant” in 2011 and she played the role of Sue, Lisa’s mum, in the first two series running into 2012. However, Collins did not return to the third series in 2013, and her character was killed off in the fourth.
  • She appeared as Mrs. Gamp in the BBC TV series “Dickensian” in late 2015 as well as she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

Awards and Achievements

  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress (winner)
  • Tony Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Play (winner)
  • Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (winner)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (winner)
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (nominee)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Comedy or Musical (nominee)
  • BAFTA for Best Film Actress (winner)

Personal Life

Pauline Collins is an actress who is married. She married actor John Alderton in 1969 and now lives with her husband and their three children, Nicholas, Kate, and Richard, in Hampstead, London. Pauline and actor Tony Rohr have an elder daughter, Louise, who was adopted. Louise and her mother were reconciled when she was 22 years old. She is straight when it comes to her sexual orientation.

Pauline Collins, and her husband John Alderton
Pauline Collins, and her husband, John Alderton. (Source; @wikimedia)

Body Measurement

Pauline Collins stands at a height of 5 ft 2 in (157.5 cm) and weighs roughly 62 kg (136.5 lbs). Her hair is dark brown, and her eyes are dark brown. Pauline’s body dimensions are 36-23-37 inches, and her body build type is ordinary. She has also preserved her body in good shape at her age, which is incredible.


  • Collins made her London West End debut in a 1965 production of Passion Flower Hotel.
  • She spent her childhood years growing up in Wallasey, Cheshire.
  • Before beginning with her acting pursuits, she was employed as a teacher until 1962.
  • Collins’s autobiography titled Letter to Louise was released in 1992.
  • Her zodiac sign is Virgo.

Quick Facts About Pauline Collins

Celebrated Name Pauline Collins
Age 81 Years
Nick Name Pauline Collins
Birth Name Pauline Collins
Birth Date 1940-09-03
Gender Female
Profession Actor
Nationality British
Birth Nation England
Ethnicity Mixed
Place Of Birth Exmouth, Devon, England
Religion Roman Catholic
Race White
Horoscope Virgo
Mother Mary Honora
Father William Henry Collins
High School Sacred Heart High School
Marital Status Married
Spouse John Alderton ​(m. 1969)
Children 4
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Acting career
Net Worth $5 million
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm tall
Weight 65 kg
Body Type Average
Body Measurement 36-23-37 inches
Hair Color Dark brown
Eye Color Dark brown
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