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Tessa Peake-Jones
Born (1957-05-09) 9 May 1957 (age 66)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Television Only Fools and Horses (1988–2003), Grantchester (2014-2022).
Partner(s) Douglas Hodge (1984–2013)
Children 2

Tessa Peake-Jones (born 9 May 1957) is an English actress having appeared in The Danedyke Mystery (1979), Pride and Prejudice (1980), When We Are Married (1987), Up the Garden Path (1990–1993), So Haunt Me (1992–1994), Demon Headmaster, TheThe Demon Headmaster (1996–1998), History of Tom Jones: a Foundling, TheThe History of Tom Jones: a Foundling (1997), Summer in the Suburbs (2000), Poppy Shakespeare (2008), Doctors (2009–2011), Unforgotten (2015).

However, she was best known for her role as Raquel in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, between 1988 and 2003, and as Mrs. Maguire in Grantchester (2014-2022).

Early life and education

Peake-Jones was born on May 9, 1957, in London, to her mother: Mary, and raised in Hammersmith and educated at Kenmore Park Junior School, Harrow and Downer Grammar School,(now known as Canons High School), leaving in 1973. before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Peake-Jones is best known for playing Raquel Turner, the long-time partner of the main character Derek "Del Boy" Trotter (played by David Jason) in the television comedy Only Fools and Horses from 1988–1993, 1996 and 2001–2003.

She had a co-starring role in the 1999 TV series Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Her other television appearances include The Demon Headmaster, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Holby City, The Bill, Up the Garden Path and So Haunt Me.

She appeared in the BBC adaptation of Iris Murdoch's The Bell (1982). She also played the role of the bookish sister Mary Bennet in the BBC serial adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (1980). In March 2008 she appeared as a member of staff in the Channel 4 psychiatric hospital drama Poppy Shakespeare.

In both 2009 and 2011, Peake-Jones played Sue Bond in the BBC daytime soap opera, Doctors. In 2013 she appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode "The Time of the Doctor", playing a character called Marta. Since 2014 she has appeared in Grantchester as Mrs Sylvia Maguire, the vicar's religious and cantankerous housekeeper.

In 2019, Peake-Jones appeared on the ITV show All Star Musicals, singing "Mamma Mia" from Mamma Mia! the musical;

Personal life

Peake-Jones' former partner and father to her 2 children was actor Douglas Hodge, they separated in February 2013 after 27 years together. They have two children, Charlie and Molly-Rose.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Undertaker, TheThe Undertaker Widow Short
2010 1st Night Mrs. Hammond
2010 Long Lonely Walk, TheThe Long Lonely Walk Nurse Short
2014 Bonobo Judith
2019 Devil Went Down to Islington, TheThe Devil Went Down to Islington Mrs. Robertson Completed
2019 After Louise Bryony Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Fallen Hero Sonia Jackson Episode: "1.4"
1979 Telford's Change Elizabeth Cowley TV series
1979 The Danedyke Mystery Angela Horton TV series, 6 episodes
1980 Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet TV miniseries
1982 Bell, TheThe Bell Dora Greenfield TV series, 4 episodes
1983 Two Gentlemen of Verona, TheThe Two Gentlemen of Verona Julia TV film
1983 Bergerac Reporter TV Series, Episode: “Come Out Fighting”
1984 Cockles Annette Smith Episode: "Flotsam and Jetsam"
1984 Strangers and Brothers Irene Eliot Episodes: "1.8", "1.9"
1985 Charters & Caldicott Jenny TV miniseries
1986 Oldest Goose in the Business, TheThe Oldest Goose in the Business Lorna TV film
1987 Tickets for the Titanic Penelope Episode: "Keeping Score"
1987 Screen Two Anita Episode: "Quartermaine's Terms"
1987 When We Are Married Nancy Holmes TV film
1987 Theatre Night Geraldine Barclay Episode: "What the Butler Saw"
1988 Rockliffe Mrs. Cunningham Episode: "Lie of the Land"
1988 Bill, TheThe Bill S.O.C.O Sue Episode: “Digging up the Past”, “A Fair Appraisal”
1988–1993, 1996, 2001–2003 Only Fools and Horses Raquel Turner Guest "Dates", "The Jolly Boys Outing", "Rodney Come Home". Regular role Series 7 onwards
1989 Hard Cases Mary Milverton Episodes: "2.1", "2.4"
1989 Anything More Would Be Greedy Jonquil Vickery TV miniseries
1990, 1995, 2010 Casualty Esther Macauley, Jenny Hodges, Tina Flannery Episodes: "Big Boys Don't Cry", "Trials & Tribulations", "A Better Past"
1990–1993 Up the Garden Path Maria Shadwell Main role
1992–1994 So Haunt Me Sally Rokeby Main role
1996–1998 Demon Headmaster, TheThe Demon Headmaster Mrs. Hunter Regular role
1997 History of Tom Jones: a Foundling, TheThe History of Tom Jones: a Foundling Bridget Allworthy TV miniseries
1998, 2016 Midsomer Murders Sarah Lawton, Mary Appleton Episodes: "Faithful unto Death", "Breaking the Chain"
1999 Births, Marriages and Deaths Molly TV series
2000 Summer in the Suburbs Sandra Lyle TV film
2000 Fish Catherine Manby Episode: "Another Shade of White"
2001 Bill, TheThe Bill Sharon Munson Episode: "Happy and Glorious"
2001 Waking the Dead Fiona Maitland Episodes: "Every Breath You Take: Parts 1 & 2"
2001 Lost World, TheThe Lost World Hilda Summerlee TV film
2001 Holby City Maggie Latham Episodes: "Runaway", "Winner Takes All"
2005 Dalziel and Pascoe Emma Collins Episodes: "Dust Thou Art: Parts 1 & 2"
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Rhona TV film
2008 Heartbeat Jocelyn Middleton Episode: "Hey Hey LBJ"
2009 Agatha Christie's Poirot Val Bland Episode: "The Clocks"
2009–2011 Doctors Sue Bond Recurring role
2010 Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, TheThe Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Mrs. Rawson TV film
2011 Marchlands Evelyn Bowen TV miniseries
2012, 2016 Holby City Imelda Cousins Recurring role (series 15), guest (series 19), 9 episodes
2013 Legacy Joyce Thoroughgood TV film
2013 Doctor Who Marta Episode: "The Time of the Doctor"
2014–present Grantchester Mrs. Maguire Main role
2015 Unforgotten Sheila Episodes: "1.1", "1.2", "1.4", "1.5"
2019 Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Cynthia Sly Episode: "No More Cakes and Ale"
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