Maureen Lipman was born in Hull, Yorkshire. She studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and made her acting debut in The Knack in 1969. Since then, she has worked in film, TV, theatre and radio.
She has appeared in numerous productions at the National Theatre in the Old Vic days and as Celia in As You Like It at the RSC. As well as being in nineteen West End productions, including Wonderful Town, See How They Run, Candida, Lost in Yonkers, Oklahoma, Outside Edge, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Little Night Music, Daytona, Harvey’and her one-woman show Re Joyce – a homage to her heroine Joyce Grenfell. On the fringe, My Mother Said I Never Should at the St James' Theatre, Old Money at the Hampstead and this year, Lettice and Lovage at The Menier.
The Works of Alans - Plater, Ayckbourn and Bennett - together with those of her late husband Jack Rosenthal (The Evacuees, The Knowledge, Bag Lady) and her series About Face, Agony, Bull with Robert Lindsay and Ladies of Letters with Anne Reid and Lillian, the short-lived manager of the Rover’s Return (Coronation Street) make up some of her prolific TV work, alongside a memorable Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Her film work includes such iconic titles as Up The Junction, Educating Rita and the Oscar winning The Pianist. TV appearances include Jonathan Creek, Holby City, The Job Lot, Disappearing Britain, Bull and the next series of Plebs. A long-time lover of Radio 4, she is currently starring in Lucy Beaumont’s To Hull and Back and has just recorded four comedy dramas under the heading A Month of Maureen.
She has written ten bestselling, anecdotal books for Robson Publishers. After 14 years writing for Good Housekeeping and a year on the Guardian, she had a monthly column in Standpoint and a quarterly health column in The Spectator.
She has two writer children and two grandchildren,who are good with crayons, with whom she is very careful.
She has received Two Olivier awards, two Royal Variety awards and several nominations and was awarded the CBE in 1999 for her services to drama.