Pauline Quirke began her career in television at just eight years old, appearing in Dixon of Dock Green. She went on to host children's TV series in the 1970s, before taking a role in The Elephant Man. In 1989 Pauline was cast as loveable loudmouth Sharon Theodopolopodous in Birds of a Feather, which turned her into a household name. She remained with the series until its conclusion in 1998 after over 100 episodes, before gaining critical acclaim for performances in Down to Earth and The Sculptress. After recent roles in Skins, The Bill and Casualty, Pauline joined the cast of Emmerdale where she played the part of chirpy chatterbox Hazel Rhodes.