After 11 happy years represented by Curtis Brown, Denise has moved to Cole Kitchenn. She has a history with CK - when she was in Corrie, David Cole general managed a musical Denise produced at the Lyric Hammersmith called 'Mad And Her Dad'. Now years later and hot off the back of a number one tour of Sister Act the musical (nearly 400 shows!) she has started life as a Oliver Thomson's client.
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Denise is probably best known as siren hairdresser Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street, a role she played from ‘92 to ‘96, with a comeback in ‘07 to keep Ken on his toes. Also as Denny’s mad, bad mum in Bad Girls and as Hazel, the mum all gay men wanted in Russell T Davies’ Queer as Folk.
Denise has a passionate interest in stage and music. She recently toured around GB playing the Mother Superior in Sister Act the musical. Also in Calendar Girls and Grumpy Old Women with Britt Eckland and Dillie Keane. She also won the Manchester Evening News Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Mrs Bryant in Roots (Wesker) at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Denise was born in Portsmouth and inherited a dose of wanderlust from her Dad and a love of music from her Mum. She got her equity card with the Actor's Touring Company in the early ‘80s performing plays around the globe, including the South American continent, Israel, Greece, Yugoslavia, and the Orkney Isles. Later in England, she landed her first acting break in the title role of a Pam Gems’ premiere of La Pasionaria at the Newcastle Playhouse. There she met Josie Lawrence and Kate McKenzie and their love of late night carousing led to the formation of Denise Black and the Kray Sisters, a 3 girl harmony trio who went on to become Edinburgh festival darlings of the late ‘80s.
In 1990 Denise made her television debut in Casualty as a street hooker with a bite on her thigh and has since made appearances in Robin Hood, Doc Martin, Small Island, Sensitive Skin, To The Ends Of The Earth, Dalziel and Pascoe, New Tricks, No Angels, Holby City, Midsummer Murders, A Touch of Frost, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Where The Heart Is, Peak Practice, The Vice, and The Bill to name but a few. Also Fred Schepesi’s great film Last Orders.
Denise’s theatre credits include: Sisters (a vertabim play about muslim women) at the Sheffield Crucible; Bedroom Farce (Ackbourn) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Long Road (Stephenson) at the Soho Theatre; Aristo (Sherman) at Chichester Festival Theatre; The Seagull (Chekhov) at the Royal Court; Martha in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Albee) at the Liverpool Playhouse; The Retirement of Tom Stevens (Ivory) at the Lakeside; title roles in Yerma (Lorca) and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Shaw) at the Manchester Royal Exchange; The Mistress (Wesker) at the Sherman in Cardiff; The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband at the Nottingham Playhouse and Plymouth Theatre Royal and Goneril in King Lear at the Ludlow Festival. Denise currently lives in Brighton with husband Paul and dog. She loves gardening and sailing. Her son Sam is a removals man and builds computers, and her daughter Dandy makes clothes and jewellery and lives in Wimbledon.
Denise writes songs with guitarist Graeme Taylor and gigs with her band The Loose Screw. Their album ‘Kiss The Joy’ is available on iTunes and at the Dress Circle, Covent Garden.