Linda Patricia Mary Robson was born on 13 March 1958 in Islington, North London, England, is an English actress. She played Tracey in the BBC comedy, Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998.
Robson was educated at Ecclesbourne Primary School, and at the private, fee-paying Anna Scher Theatre School, both in her native Islington.
Robson’s father was a chain-smoker who died of lung cancer when he was 57.
She continues to reside in Islington, North London with her husband and three children Lauren , Louis and Bobbie. Robson is a supporter of the Conservative Party.
Linda Robson had a non-speaking role as a young girl amidst a group of roaming ‘survivors’ in the second series of the original BBC Survivors drama screened in 1976, and then appeared in Pauline’s Quirkes in 1976 (her first regular appearance with Pauline Quirke), the comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon in 1982 and the IRA drama Harry’s Game.
She is best known for playing Tracey in the hit BBC comedy Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998 alongside Pauline Quirke.
She has been a regular guest panellist on Loose Women in 2003, 2010 and 2011.
She subsequently appeared in programmes such as The Bill and Crossroads. Robson appeared alongside Jenny Eclair and Dillie Keane in the original cast of Grumpy Old Women Live, a spin-off from the television series Grumpy Old Women (2004-07), written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder.
Robson also appeared in the Channel 4 series Come Dine With Me in 2006, in which she came last, and she is an occasional guest presenter for BBC London 94.9.
On 9 August 2007, she narrated a show for ITV called Britain’s Youngest Brides. Linda joined friend and cast member Pauline Quirke on The Paul O’Grady Show on 1 November 2007. In July 2008, Robson entered Celebrity MasterChef and reached the semi-finals.
In July 2010, Robson made a guest appearance in the BBC drama series Casualty, playing the mother of a young man with bipolar disorder.
She has also appeared in numerous reality TV and game shows, including Dick Turpin, I’m Famous and Frightened!, Celebrity Blind Man’s Bluff, Come Dine With Me, Celebrities Under Pressure, The Weakest Link, and Comic Relief does Fame Academy but was evicted on the third show. In January 2010 she was one of five celebrities to appear in Celebrity Quitters, a factual show about giving up smoking, on Five.