Carolyn Pickles was born on February 8, 1952 in Yorkshire, England. She is the great-niece of Wilfred Pickles, a popular TV and radio personality in the 1940s-1960s. She studied drama at the University of Manchester, where she performed in many productions, and landed in first on-screen role in 1979’s Agatha, a film that explored writer Agatha Christie’s mysterious death. She has performed steadily on stage and in television and films since that time, appearing in over 70 productions.
Carolyn portrays Professor of Muggle Studies Charity Burbage in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Though she appeared only briefly, Carolyn’s performance greatly contributed to the film and its depiction of the horrors Lord Voldemort committed.
Carolyn has appeared in a number of productions, including the television shows Where the Heart Is, M.I.High, Midsomer Murders, and others.
Two of her most successful projects have been the BBC series Land Girls,
which ran from 2009-2011, and Broadchurch, another BBC series which premiered in 2013. Land Girls told the story of women working with the Women’s Land Army during WWII, and Carolyn portrayed the character of Mrs Gulliver, a somewhat curmudgeonly neighbor. Broadchurch, a crime drama, stars David Tennant, who appeared as Barty Crouch, Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In this series, Carolyn portrays the character of journalist Maggie Radcliffe.