Jacqueline Boatswain


Jacqueline Boatswain (sometimes credited as Jacqui Boatswain) [1][failed verification] is an English actress.

Jacqueline Boatswain


She is best known for playing headmistress Mrs Bassinger in the long-running BBC school drama, Grange Hill, from 2003–2006. The character's first name has never been revealed, but according to the sign outside her head teacher's office it starts with "S". Mrs Bassinger was not seen during the 2007 series, her function in the programme taken over by Cathy Tyson as deputy head, Miss Gayle. It was not known if Boatswain would return to Grange Hill, however the show has now been cancelled. In addition to Grange Hill, Boatswain has appeared in Casualty, and as a police custody sergeant in the BBC daytime drama Doctors. She also has extensive stage experience. In October 2013, she appeared in Sarah Rutherford's Adult Supervision at Park Theatre (London).[2]

She has also appeared in Life on Mars and The Royal. In 2013, she joined the cast of popular Channel 4 comedy drama series, Shameless, for the final ever series playing Patreesha St. Rose. She also played Eileen the Crow in the 2015 video game Bloodborne. Boatswain joined the cast of Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks as regular cast member, Simone Loveday on 20 February 2015. Hollyoaks aired a Come Dine with Me special week to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, with Boatswain as one of the cast members hosting. Boatswain left Hollyoaks in late 2018 with her exit airing on 23 January 2019. In 2018, she also played a role as Monique in the BBC Drama Collateral. In 2020, Boatswain appeared in the BBC TV series Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators in episode 3.6 "Reputation, Reputation, Reputation!" as Odette Dixon.[3] Then in October 2021, she appeared in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors as Heather Derby.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 London Voodoo Ruth
2014 Coriolanus Valeria, Fourth Citizen
2019 National Theatre Live: Small Island Miss Ma
2022 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Ida Webb (British Witch)


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Red Dwarf Dancer Episode: "Parallel Universe"
1989 Goldeneye Dancer in gambling club Television film
1990 A Bit of Fry & Laurie Dancer Episode #2.1
2001, 2003–2004, 2014, 2021 Doctors Celeste Baptiste / Custody Sergeant / Sergeant Bevan / Heather Derby 6 episodes
2002–2005 Casualty Karen Blythe / Diamond Cusack 4 episodes
2003–2005 Grange Hill Mrs. Bassinger 50 episodes
2007 Life on Mars Officer 1 Episode #2.8
2007 The Royal Safi 2 episodes
2007 Little Devil Bernie Episode #1.3
2008 Mistresses Jenny Episode: "Men Behaving Badly"
2008 Torchwood Plummer Episode: "Reset"
2011 Silk Turley's Solicitor Episode #1.5
2011 The Importance of Being Whatever Kathy 2 episodes
2013 Shameless Patreesha St Rose 9 episodes
2014 In the Club Louise 3 episodes
2014 Bad Education Governor Episode: "Strike"
2014–2016 Wolfblood Victoria 10 episodes
2014–2018 Cuckoo Jane 6 episodes
2015 Banana Pamela Scott Episode #1.2
2015 River Ursula Episode #1.1
2015–2019 Hollyoaks Simone Loveday 246 episodes
2017 Hospital People Doctor 3 episodes
2018 Collateral Monique
2019 Carnival Row Mima Blodwen 4 episodes
2020 Bancroft Chief Constable Frances Holland 3 episodes
2020 Vera Sarah Ashers Episode: "Dirty"
2020 Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Odette Dixon Episode: "Reputation, Reputation, Reputation!"
2020 Miracle Workers Queen Gamillagoor Episode: "Dark Ages: Holiday"
2020 Alex Rider Immigration Officer Powell Episode: "Episode One"
2020 Strike Claire Morbury Episode: "Lethal White: Part 1"
2020 Agatha and the Midnight Murders Audrey Evans Television film
2021 Finding Alice Administrator Episode #1.5
2022 Midsomer Murders Rachel Taylor Episode: "The Scarecrow Murders"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Additional Multiplayer Voices
2015 Bloodborne Eileen the Crow / Yharnamite (F1)
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Additional Voices
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Voice


  1. ^ Jacqueline Boatswain: Tackling the Barriers | Ben Mirza Archived 8 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Huffingtonpost.co.uk. Retrieved on 19 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Adult Supervision, Park Theatre, review".
  3. ^ 2.15pm-3.00pm (1 January 1970). "Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  4. ^ Timblick, Simon. "'Doctors' spoilers: Ex-Hollyoaks star Jacqueline Boatswain guests". What to Watch. (Future plc). Retrieved 27 October 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Jacqueline Boatswain at IMDb