Birds star Linda to fly in for panto

Derby LIVE and pantomime producers Paul Holman Associates have announced that Linda Robson, star of the smash hit BBC comedy Birds of Feather, will be joining the cast of Dick Whittington, to be staged at Derby’s Assembly Rooms later in the year.

Linda is celebrating her 43rd year in show business and has numerous TV, theatre, film and presenting credits to her name.

These include Jackanory, The Likely Lads, Within these Walls, Softly Softly, The Gentle Touch, Going Out and Shine On Harvey Moon, to name just a few.

But it’s for her long-running role, starring alongside school pal, Pauline Quirke, that most us know and love her for, as one of the jailbird widows in the household favourite, Birds of A Feather, which became the highest rated comedy

series on BBC television of its time.

With Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson co-presented the hugely successful Jobs for the Girls, which challenged her to tackle some of the most unlikely occupations.

These included being taught by Lesley Garrett to be an opera singer and sing Rule Britannia at Kenwood Festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, becoming a photographer with a national newspaper and standing outside Number 10 with the press pack, showing a prize-winning dog at Crufts, and organising a charity party for Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

She has presented many TV programmes including BBC’s Inside Out, Loose Talk, The London Programme, Feather Your Nest and Renovation Street.

Linda Robson’s stage work has seen her tour Australia in Kay Mellor’s Passionate Woman. In the UK, she appeared in Food Chain at the Royal Court. In 2005, Linda toured and made her West End debut at the New Ambassador’s Theatre as Joe Meek’s landlady, Violet Shenton, in Telstar with Con O’Neill.

Linda joined some other cast members including Paul Nicholas (Just Good Friends), Mike ‘Squeaky’ McClean (Big Breakfast, Richard & Judy), Derby’s favourite dame Ian Good and Hi-5’s Luke Roberts at the Dick Whittington Launch, which took place on Derby’s Market Place on Tuesday (July 26).

You can catch Linda and co in a performance of Dick Whittington, which will run at the Assembly Rooms from Wed, December 7 until Sunday, January 8.

Tickets for Dick Whittington costing £8-£24, are available from the box office on 01332 255800.