Gwen is one of Britain's leading actresses, well known for her many popular television roles. Most recently she has been seen playing Ann Foster in CORONATION STREET. Her numeous roles include Peg in HEARTBEAT for Yorkshire Television; the title role in three series of BARBARA for Carlton TV; Rita Simcock in two series of the BAFTA-nominated A BIT OF A DO ; Margaret in three series of the BBC Wales drama BELONGING; Gen in two series of CONJUGAL RITES; DUTY FREE; CLASS ACT with Joanna Lumley; PILGRIM'S REST; A PERFECT STATE; INSPECTOR MORSE (guest role); MURDER MOST HORRID (guest role); MOVING STORY; WYCLIFFE; SHARP END; HOLBY CITY (guest role); SCREAMING; SOME KIND OF LIFE; TIES OF BLOOD, THE BILLY PLAYS with Kenneth Branagh; KEEPING TOM NICE; HAPPY CHRISTMAS, I LOVE YOU; SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE for HTV; SOB SISTERS for Central; COLIN'S SANDWICH; YES PRIME MINISTER; ANTIGONE; FOREVER YOUNG; DING BRASS and RIPPING YARNS. Recently Gwen has had guest roles on DOC MARTIN, MIDSOMER MURDERS, TABLE 12, BORN AND BRED, and FAT FRIENDS.
Her wealth of theatrical experience includes: DRIVING MISS DAISY (UK Tour); THE BUTTERFLY LION (Leicester Curve and Derby Theatre); CALENDAR GIRLS (UK Tour); PRICK UP YOUR EARS (Comedy Theatre and UK Tour); ABOUT ALICE on national tour; Catherine in ARMS AND THE MAN on national tour; MOMENT OF WEAKNESS on national tour; PICASSO’S WOMEN on national tour, starring with Jerry Hall; LETTICE AND LOVAGE (Theatre Royal, Bath and tour); the title role in the national tour of SHIRLEY VALENTINE; HERITAGE (Hampstead Theatre and national tour); THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Derby Playhouse); MOTHER TONGUE (Greenwich Theatre); CLOUDS and RIPEN OUR DARKNESS (Royal Court); DEAD SHEEP (Bush Theatre), SKIRMISHES and SPOOKHOUSE (Hampstead Theatre); TRUMPETS AND RASPBERRIES (Phoenix Theatre); THE BIG KNIFE and CONJUGAL RITES (Watford Palace Theatre); LIGHT UP THE SKY (Windsor Theatre Royal and Globe Theatre); TOP GIRLS (Royal Court and New York); THE MAINTENANCE MAN (Comedy Theatre); WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and TIME OF MY LIFE (Vaudeville Theatre and national tour). Gwen also played Gertrude in Sir Peter Hall’s HAMLET (Gielgud Theatre and national tour), Mo in LOVE (West Yorkshire Playhouse), a play written by her husband, Graham Reid.
Gwen’s film appearances include: MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN and RICHARD’S THINGS.