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Mary Paula Wilcox (born 13 December 1949 in Manchester) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Chrissy in the British comedy Man About the House (1973–1976) and more recently as Hilary Potts in Emmerdale.
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Paula Wilcox (born 13 December 1949, Manchester) is an English actress. Wilcox first came to public attention while a member of the National Youth Theatre when she was offered her first starring television role in The Lovers, a Granada produced, ITV sitcom written by Jack Rosenthal and co-starring the equally precocious and unknown Richard Beckinsale. Wilcox played Beryl Battersby, a flighty but principled young woman who would not allow her boyfriend Geoffrey (Beckinsale) to have a sexual relationship with her until marriage. There were two series of The Lovers, plus a feature film. In Man About The House (Thames), she played Chrissy Plummer, another flighty but principled woman who was regularly in a flirtatious battle of wits with her male flatmate Robin, played by Richard O`Sullivan. The show was a huge success and ended with Wilcox`s character marrying Robin`s brother Norman (Norman Eshley). She also starred in the feature film of the same show.
Wilcox returned to sitcom in 1992 to play the character of Ivy Sandford in the pilot of Frank Skinner`s Blue Heaven on Channel 4 - the show then went on to became a series. Skinner later admitted in his autobiography that he recruited Wilcox for the role not just because of her abilities, but because he fancied her when he was a teenager. As a guest on Skinner`s edition of This Is Your Life, Wilcox praised his decision to cast her in the role of a "hideous old bag", a departure from the sweet-natured girl-next-door TV roles she had previously been known for. Wilcox did attract a sizeable following of male fans during her 1970s heyday. She appeared in several series of The Queen`s Nose (1995 - 2001). In recent years, Wilcox has made guest appearances in programmes such as Footballers` Wives, Holby City and Down to Earth. These guest roles led her to be cast as Lilian in the BBC Three cult sitcom The Smoking Room. Wilcox has voiced numerous commercials (including Renault for many years) and has narrated documentaries and audio books. She also plays the role of Mary in the BBC 7 sitcom Knocker.
Wilcox was left widowed when her first husband, the actor Derek Seaton, to whom she was married 1969 - 1979, died. She has since married Nelson Skip Riddle, son of the bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle.
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