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Who is Maxine Peake? Shameless star who played Sara Rowbotham in BBC drama Three Girls

MAXINE Peake has appeared in several gritty dramas over the years – including Shameless, Silk and most recently the BBC’s Three Girls. But who is the star, how old is she, what was Thre…

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MAXINE Peake has appeared in several gritty dramas over the years – including Shameless, Silk and most recently the BBC's Three Girls.

But who is the star, how old is she, what was Three Girls about and what is she working on next?

 Maxine Peake, the star of BBC show Three GirlsPA:Press Association Maxine Peake, the star of BBC show Three Girls

Who is Maxine Peake?

Maxine Peake is a 43-year-old actress who works on stage as well as on screen.

Raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester, she joined the area's Octagon Youth Theatre at the age of thirteen before spending time at the Royal Exchange Youth Theatre.

She then completed a course in performing arts in Salford.

However, she was rejected by several theatre education companies and failed to get into Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She eventually landed a placed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and with help of the school, landed a scholarship there.

What has Maxine Peake starred in?

As an actress, Maxine has become one of the most popular faces of British TV – though you may not know her name.

The star first came to prominence as the hapless but lovable Twinkle in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies.

In 2006, she played Myra Hindley in the dark retelling of the real-life Moors Murders.

Maxine has since appeared in long-running parts in some of the UK's most-loved TV shows – including Martha Costello in Silk, Miss Wade in Little Dorrit and Veronica in Shameless.

She has also appeared on the silver screen alongside Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything as Elaine Mason.

 

 Maxine Peake starring in The Theory Of Everything Maxine Peake starring in The Theory Of Everything

Who did Maxine play in Three Girls?

In the BBC drama Three Girls, Maxine plays Sara Rowbotham – a sexual health worker involved in the case.

She looked over the girls and helped them come forward and tell their stories on the back of their harrowing ordeal.

Speaking of her part, Maxine said that it was a "story that needed to be told".

What is Three Girls about?

Three Girls tells the story of three of the victims of the child sex grooming ring that was active in Rochdale between 2008 and 2012.

The series, which was made in full co-operation of the people involved in the case, aims to tell the victims’ stories, how they were failed by authorities directly responsible for their protection and how the abuse impacted on their lives.

Maxine led a cast of newcomers including Molly Windsor and Liv Hill, as well as more established actors including Lisa Riley.

What is Maxine Peake working on now?

The actress is to star in Peterloo, a feature film directed and written by Mike Leigh and based around the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester.

She is also to appear in season four of Netflix hit Black Mirror, which is scheduled to be released on the streaming service either late in 2017 or early in 2018.

Maxine is also reading a book on CBeebies Bedtime Stories on November 8. The actress will read Five Minutes' Peace by Jill Murphy at 6.50pm on Wednesday evening.

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Mel B’s Christmas plans are left in tatters after bitter divorce with Stephen Belafonte

MEL B’s Christmas plans have been left in tatters by bitter ex STEPHEN BELAFONTE. The former Spice Girl – who saw her divorce from the film ­producer finalised last week – was hoping to spend the f…

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MEL B’s Christmas plans have been left in tatters by bitter ex STEPHEN BELAFONTE.

The former Spice Girl – who saw her divorce from the film ­producer finalised last week – was hoping to spend the festive season in Leeds with her family and three daughters.

 Mel B will not be able to celebrate Christmas this year with her six-year-old daughterGetty – Contributor Mel B will not be able to celebrate Christmas this year with her six-year-old daughter

But the plan was scuppered after Stephen, who shares custody of daughter Madison, refused permission for the six-year-old to leave the US. And my sources claim this also dashed her plans to meet with the other Spice Girls on December 21 to discuss their reunion.

One said: “The divorce may be done, but the bad blood is still there. Stephen is refusing to give her permission to take Madison to Leeds for Christmas, with her other kids, Phoenix and Angel.

“There’s no way Mel would go without Madison.

"And she can’t fly her family out to LA as many have other commitments over the festive period.

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"It has also caused problems because she was planning to meet the other Spice Girls in London before going to Leeds.”

The source went on to claim Stephen, who will earn millions from his divorce, is “hell-bent” on making Mel’s life a misery.

They revealed he has even threatened to haul her into court again after an accounting issue delayed payments from her.

Mel is clearly well shot of him.

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ITV and Channel 5 are both keen on signing the couple for an At Home With The Vardys-style show.

 Rebekah and Jamie Vardy are trying to get their own reality showSplash News Rebekah and Jamie Vardy are trying to get their own reality show

My source told me: “Rebekah got the nation talking with her no-nonsense attitude on I’m A Celeb, and bosses think she’d be great for a fly-on-the-wall series.

“And while she appeals to female viewers, Jamie would get guys tuning in.

"They are big personalities and aren’t shy about saying what they think. And with two channels interested, the money could be considerable.”

But TV chiefs may have their work cut out in ­signing Rebekah.

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"It’s made her extra cautious about doing reality TV. So it will have to be a ­fantastic deal to tempt her.”

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She stole the spotlight by performing in a festive outfit of red corset and braces, white shirt and black hotpants for the concert in Atlanta, US.

 Camila Cabello performed at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta, Georgia in the USGetty Images – Getty Camila Cabello performed at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta, Georgia in the US  Camila's ex-bandmates congratulated her backstageGetty Images – Getty Camila's ex-bandmates congratulated her backstage

And if she was bothered by the not-at-all-awkward decision to schedule her former bandmates Fifth Harmony on the same bill, she didn’t show it. Her show came little more than a year after the girls performed as a five-piece at the Jingle Ball in Dallas.

But that probably feels like a lifetime ago to Camila, who has since managed to rack up one of the best singles of the year with smash hit Havana.

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Rocco, whose dad is filmmaker GUY RITCHIE, was given the elbow by singer and model CHANTELLE LEE recently. And sources say he has been “in pieces” since the split.

But while Rocco was licking his wounds, Chantelle didn’t hang around. She was spotted on a date with Roman – the son of SPANDAU BALLET star ­MARTIN KEMP – at London’s Soho House on Friday.

A pal told me: “Chantelle was fed up with Rocco’s reluctance to commit, and despite him being older than her she found him immature.”

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I revealed in September that the British actor was dating actress and model SABRINA DHOWRE, who was crowned Miss Vancouver in 2014.

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Now TV presenter MAYA JAMA has posted a photo on Instagram of her and boyfriend STORMZY with the couple – and referred to Idris’s girlfriend of ten months as his “wife”.

A source said: “It could just be a slip of the tongue but it’s possible that they could have got wed in secret.”

After revealing their romance I warned Sabrina not to book a church after twice-divorced Idris was quizzed about the chances of going down on one knee again.

He said: “Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so.

 Stormzy's girlfriend posted a photo referring to Idris's girlfriend of ten months as a 'wife'PA:Press Association Stormzy's girlfriend posted a photo referring to Idris's girlfriend of ten months as a 'wife'

“Marriage is an institution of sorts, and I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”

If they have wed, hopefully it’s third time lucky for Idris. His first marriage to make-up artist Hanne Norgaard – mother of his teenage daughter Isan – ended after four years in 2003.

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X Factor’s Jay Cutkelvin cosies up to Larissa Eddie during night out in Surrey

X Factor’s Jay Cutkelvin was spotted getting cosy with socialite Larissa Eddie during night out at Tulleys Farm. The pair were spotted joking around with some mistletoe at the celebrity hotspot on …

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X Factor’s Jay Cutkelvin was spotted getting cosy with socialite Larissa Eddie during night out at Tulleys Farm.

The pair were spotted joking around with some mistletoe at the celebrity hotspot on Friday night.

Tulleys Farm Tulleys Farm

Jay was visiting the Farm’s Bavarian nights with his siblings Shereen and Kyle when he caught Larissa’s eye.

The group enjoyed some time on the ice rink before mucking around on the fairground attractions.

A passerby said the band were bombarded by fans when they arrived and that the group stopped to talk to everyone.

Earlier this month the Scottish super-group hit the town with this year’s X Factor winners Rak-Su.

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Since leaving the show, Jay, Kyle and Shereen have been readying themselves to take on the charts – this time with their younger brother in tow.

Shereen exclusively told The Sun Online that Brandon, 16, is already “in rehearsals” so he can join the group as soon as their time in the competition comes to an end.

She said: “He's in training right now…he came to live shows and we asked him what he thought and if he'd be able to do it and he said yes.

“So he's willing to do it and we want him here as well.

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Susanna Constantine’s had nits for three years and is having them hoovered out as a last ditch resort

SUSANNA Constantine has revealed she’s had nits for three years and claims she can’t get rid of them because they’re “immune” to treatment. The TV star has now resorted to having a £200 hoover trea…

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SUSANNA Constantine has revealed she’s had nits for three years and claims she can’t get rid of them because they’re “immune” to treatment.

The TV star has now resorted to having a £200 hoover treatment to suck up the “super-nits”.

 Susanna Constantine has revealed she has had nits for three yearsRex Features Susanna Constantine has revealed she has had nits for three years

Writing in the Mail On Sunday, 55-year-old Susanna explained: “My head lice, and the nits – or eggs – they produce have been immoveable, immune to lotions, potions and good advice, driving me to an itchy distraction, not to mention social Siberia.”

The treatment will see Susanna having the lice and eggs sucked off her scalp with a large suction tube.

Susanna revealed her problem with nits would horrify her What Not What Wear co-star Trinny Woodall, who would scream: “Ugh! Have you got nits again?”

Her problem with the mites has seen Susanna shamed by hairdressers, one who refused to colour her hair because of an infestation.

 She forked out £200 to have them hoovered off of her scalpBrian Roberts – The Sun She forked out £200 to have them hoovered off of her scalp

She explained: “It has been all the more humiliating as people still imagine that nits belong to children and the great unwashed. Neither is the case.

“Nits have no preference for clean hair or dirty hair.”

After having the costly treatment, Susanna revealed she’d finally managed to get rid of the lice.

But there’s no guarantee they won’t come back.

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