Lindsey Coulson

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Lindsey Coulson
Born Lindsey Coulson
1960 (age 58–59)
London, England
Spouse(s) Phillip Chard (1989–1996)
Harry Harris (2002–present)
Children 2
Family Patsy Palmer (Sister In-Law)

Lindsey Coulson (born 1960) is an English actress, best known for her role as Carol Jackson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. For this role, she won the 2000 British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance. She starred in the 2004 TV film Disappeared opposite Ray Winstone and the 2005 TV film The Stepfather opposite Philip Glenister. Her other TV credits include Clocking Off (2001) Murder Investigation Team (2003-2005) and The Street (2006).


Coulson was born in London. She was a hairdresser for six years, before studying acting at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts graduating in 1982. She went on to appear in such works as an experimental production of Hamlet, in which she played a 33-weeks pregnant Ophelia.[1]

Her TV debut was in A Bear Behind (1989), a children's series in which she and a puppet bear called Boz adventured round the country in their horse-drawn caravan and lived on a houseboat.

Her big television break came in 1993, when she became a household name after being cast in the part of Carol, the feisty battleaxe of the Jackson family, in the successful BBC serial drama EastEnders. She remained in the role for four years, but a desire to try her hand at other roles prompted her to quit the role in 1997. She returned to the show for six months in 1999 and won the 2000 British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance.

Coulson went on to star in Out of Hours alongside John McArdle, but after the medical drama failed to get commissioned for a second series, she rejoined EastEnders for a 3-month stint to help facilitate the exit of Patsy Palmer, who played her on-screen daughter Bianca Jackson. It was during this 3-month stint that Coulson received the best dramatic performance at the British Soap Awards.

Coulson went on to have roles in Clocking Off, Judge John Deed, Paradise Heights, Manchild, The Stretford Wives, Dalziel and Pascoe, Murder Investigation Team, The Last Detective, Urban Gothic and Where the Heart Is among others. She also appeared in a critically acclaimed film, AKA, which was shown at Robert Redford's Sundance film festival in 2003.

On stage, Coulson has appeared in Snake at the Hampstead Theatre and has played Ophelia in Hamlet. She also starred in Lucky Heather on BBC Radio 4.

In 2006, Coulson played Ann Peterson in the Jimmy McGovern drama The Street. Each episode of the drama focused on the stories of the people living in a particular house in the street. Coulson's on-screen husband Brian, a school teacher, was played by Neil Dudgeon.

She played the role of Hester Reed in the BBC police drama The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: The Chinese Walls (2006), and she also appeared in the Series Four Episode of Doctor Who entitled "Midnight", in June 2008. Along with this, she starred in Three more sleepless nights at the National Theatre in 2009. The show ended on 27 August 2009.

Despite saying in 2008 she would never return to EastEnders, it was announced on 25 October 2009 that Coulson would reprise her role as Carol Jackson in EastEnders in 2010 with her on screen family Natalie Cassidy who played Sonia Fowler, Dean Gaffney who played Robbie Jackson and the character of Billie Jackson played by Devon Anderson. The Jackson family have now reunited with Patsy Palmer who rejoined the soap in 2008 in her role of Bianca Jackson.[2] Coulson made her onscreen comeback in February 2010. In early 2012 Coulson announced that she would take a six-month break from EastEnders over the summer period.[3]

Personal life

Coulson has been married twice. Her first husband was the showbusiness agent Philip Chard and the couple have a daughter named Molly, who was born in 1993. In 1996, the Sunday Mirror ran a story claiming that Chard had uncovered an alleged affair between Coulson and her EastEnders co-star, Michael French, who played David Wicks.[4] Coulson has denied that she and French were romantically involved. In 1998 she commented, "Because our characters had an affair, they tried to make it a real life one and that was nonsense. He was a really good friend and we started on the show at the same time. Apparently two people of the opposite sex can't go out together without it being an affair, which is a shame".[5]

Following her split from Chard in 1996, Coulson began dating Harry Harris, the brother of Patsy Palmer, who plays her daughter Bianca in EastEnders.[6] Coulson and Harris married in 2002 and have a daughter together named Grace, who was born in 1999.


  1. "Small screen: All cried out", The Independent. URL last accessed on 2007-02-13.
  2. Green, Kris (25 October 2009). "The Jacksons return to 'EastEnders'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 October 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Sheridan, Emily (11 April 2012). "Patsy Palmer and Lindsey Coulson to a take break from EastEnders". Mail Online. Retrieved 16 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Who shall I bed first or your wife?", Sunday Mirror. URL last accessed on 2007-02-13.
  5. "Lindsey's new job on doctor's orders; EastEnders' Carol is now a feisty medic.", The Birmingham Post. URL last accessed on 2007-02-13.
  6. "EastEnder Carol's love life is more complicated than TV soap plot", Sunday Mirror. URL last accessed on 2007-02-13.

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