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Wendy Richard, MBE was born Wendy Emerton on July 20, 1943, in Middlesbrough, England. She is a British actress.
A student at the Italia Conti Academy stage school, she first became familiar to TV audiences playing Joyce Harker, a regular in the BBC's 1960s soap opera, ''The Newcomers.'' She found fame in the 1970s sitcom ''Are You Being Served?'' as ''Miss Shirley Brahms'', a slow-witted sales representative with a heavy Cockney accent. After that series ended Richard found continued success as Pauline Fowler on the BBC soap opera ''EastEnders'', a role she has played since the first episode in 1985. Richard also appeared in the ''Are You Being Served?'' sequel ''Grace & Favour'' in 1992 and 1993.
She has also appeared in ''Dad's Army'', ''The Likely Lads'' and some ''Carry On films''. In 1962 her distinct cockney vocals helped get her to #1 on the UK singles chart - uncredited, on the single, ''Come Outside'', by Mike Sarne.
She endured a long battle with breast cancer in the early 1990s; her cancer went into remission after years of treatment, but has since returned.
Wendy Richard was awarded an MBE in 1999.