Who is actress Caroline Quentin? Age, husband and career of Bake Off star revealed

24 March 2020, 16:50 | Updated: 25 March 2020, 10:22

Actress Caroline Quentin
Actress Caroline Quentin. Picture: Channel 4

By Rory O'Connor

Caroline Quentin stars in the Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off special in 2020, but who is Caroline, and where have we seen her before?

Caroline was one of four sisters born in Reigate, Surrey and is an English actress and TV presenter.

  1. What is Caroline Quentin best known for?

    Caroline played several on-screen TV roles, but rose to prominence in 1990s sitcom Men Behaving Badly where she played Dorothy from 1992 to 1998.

    Her other notable characters where Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek from 1997 to 2000, and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder from 2003 to 2009.

    Caroline also now presents television shows, such as The World's Most Extraordinary Homes.

    Caroline Quentin played Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly
    Caroline Quentin played Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly. Picture: PA
  2. How old is Caroline Quentin?

    Caroline is 59 years old and will turn 60 in July 2020.

  3. Is Caroline Quentin married and does she have any children?

    Actress Caroline Quentin and Sam Farmer in 1999
    Actress Caroline Quentin and Sam Farmer in 1999. Picture: PA

    Yes, Caroline was married to comic Paul Merton from 1990 until their 1998 divorce.

    In 1998, Caroline met Sam Farmer who was working as a runner on the set of Men Behaving Badly.

    They have two children, Emily Rose and William and married in Devon in 2006.

    Amanda Holden and Caroline Quentin starred in Kiss Me Kate together
    Amanda Holden and Caroline Quentin starred in Kiss Me Kate together. Picture: PA
  4. Has Caroline Quentin won any awards for her work?

    Yes, Caroline has won several awards over the years.

    Caroline has two gongs from the British Comedy Awards, one in 1995 for Best TV Comedy Actress after staring as Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly.

    Caroline Quentin won a Specsavers National Book Awards for Audiobook of the Year in 2012
    Caroline Quentin won a Specsavers National Book Awards for Audiobook of the Year in 2012. Picture: PA

    Her second British Comedy Award came in 2004 where Caroline won Top TV Comedy Actress for her roles as Maria Moogan in Von Trapped and Maggie Mee in Life Begins.

    Caroline picked up a National Television Award in 2004 as part of the Special Recognition Award.

    In 2012, Caroline won a Specsavers National Book Awards for Audiobook of the Year. The actress had narrated The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend.