We are very excited to introduce you to our newest Patron Pauline Daniels. Pauline is celebrating 40 years in show business in 2020 and what better way to do it than to become a Patron of WHCS!
Pauline hopes that with her help we can put WHCS well and truly on the map and is proud to be a big part.
Get to know Pauline and her life’s work by reading her short bio below.
Pauline is now in her 40th year in the business and has just about done it all, not only here, but all over the world. Pauline started as a singer doing the working mens clubs then she progressed into the world of stand up comedy and was the only woman to appear on Granada TV’s The Comedians, many TV shows followed including Central TV Saturday Royal and the chat show which was Wogan, with Bob Hope.
In 1986 she ventured on to the “legitimate” stage and then she became one of merseyside’s favourite theatrical daughters and has played some amazing characters from “Helen Forrester” in “Twopence to Cross the Mersey” to “Annie Wilkes” in “Misery” , from “Mama Morton” in “Chicago” to “Mama Rose” in “Gypsy” and is one of Willy Russell’s favourites having played “Betty” in “Breezeblock Park”, “Mrs Kay” in “Our Day Out” and she remains Willy’s favourite as housewife “Shirley Valentine”. One of the most iconic women ever, took her to London when she played “Mae West” in the West End.
Pauline was in the cast who reopened the new Everyman with Matthew Kelly in Twelfth Night. and was part of the Everyman Rep in 2017, her acting TV Credits include, Bread, Brookside, The Street, DOA and Blue Murder. She has sung with the Liverpool Philharmonic and she even appeared on Songs of Praise singing How Great Thou Art at Goodison Park. She has starred in Pantos galore, usually playing the baddie but last year she was Mimi the Mermaid in Peter Pan in Llandudno. She has helped and nurtured actors, directors, light and sound technicians in her small theatre which she ran in Liverpool for nearly 10 years.
In 2011 she was commissioned by Trinity Mirror to write her autobiography “Stand Up and Be Counted” the foreword of which was written by “the governor” Sir Ken Dodd and at the back of the book an amazing tribute to her talent by Willy Russell.
Her work now is different as the clubland circuit has gone but she is much sought after as an Awards Host, a compère and a speaker at many lunches and dinners. She is also a favourite with CMV cruises as she performs her own one woman show for the guests which combines all her talents as an actress, a singer and a very funny lady.
She was a radio presenter on BBC Radio Merseyside and has just starred in a radio spectacular to celebrate 50 years of the station and their receiving the Freedom of The City of Liverpool, a truly amazing honour. Pauline still presents radio programmes on several local stations.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and in her own inimitable way has made it acceptable to smile about in her act. She’s hailed as an inspiration, and has just completed an 18th month tour in the new musical of Calendar Girls written by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow, which starred Fern Britten, Denise Welsh, and Sarah Crowe to name a few of her fellow cast members.