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Marjorie Yates

Marjorie Yates (born 13 April 1941) is a British actress best known for her role as Carol Fisher in the Channel 4 drama Shameless. Yates was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and studied at the Bournville College of Art. An early TV role was in Colin Welland's Play for Today ("'Kisses At Fifty", BBC, 1972) alongside Bill Maynard and she went on to feature in several BBC's single play strands, including other 'Plays for Today' Better Than The Movies (1972), The Bouncing Boy (1972), A Helping Hand (1975), Daft Mam Blues (1977), Marya (1979), The Other Side (1979)', Pasmore (1980), Alan Bennett's Marks (1982) and June (1990). Other roles followed with a part in Putting on the Agony (Granada, 1973) in which she had the lead role as Marilyn. The role was followed throughout the 1970s with minor parts in a number of television productions including Z-Cars and The Brothers in 1974 and The Sweeney in 1976. She continued her acting career on stage and television throughout the 1980s and 1990s including minor parts in Great Expectations, Boon, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Village Hall, Crown Court the BBC's 1984 series Morgan's Boy, Wycliffe, Underbelly (1990) and a leading role in A Very British Coup. Her film roles include the children's mother in The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973) with Peter Sellers; Vault Of Horror (1973); Legend of the Werewolf (1975); The Glitterball (1977); as the wife of Donald Neilson in the crime film The Black Panther (1977), Priest of Love (1981), Wetherby (1985) and Dead Man's Folly (1986). She also featured alongside David Swift in Couples, a long running, twice weekly day time drama on UK ITV about a marriage guidance counselling service. Yates appeared in the Terence Davies film The Long Day Closes (1992). Yates has had parts in Where the Heart Is in 1997 and Heartbeat in 2000. She has also appeared in The Bill in 1990, 1996 and twice in 2002. In 2001, Yates appeared on stage in London's West End in Noël Coward's "Star Quality", playing opposite Penelope Keith and Una Stubbs. Yates was initially cast in a small role for the Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless playing the role of Carol Fisher, mother of Veronica Ball (Maxine Peake) in 2004, originally for one episode. After a minor role in No Angels Yates was invited back to Shameless on a permanent basis.

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