Extract from The Guardian:
“I grew up doing little plays with my sister – acting was just what I always wanted to do”. Penelope took herself off to the Drama Centre, London “as soon as I could at 18” (1965-68). After which she soon landed a stage management job in Nottingham, then the part of Cordelia in Jonathan Miller’s King Lear.
Since then she has had an incredibly varied career taking in theatre, film and TV roles. Her roles have included everything from Shakespeare, Ibsen, Pinter, the ever put-upon Ann in Ever Decreasing Circles, a woman who falls in love with a murderess in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Iris from Calendar Girls to Shaun of the Dead.
It is clear in all the chosen roles that she immerses herself in characters and disappears into their lives. She erases herself and becomes the character: “The thing about being an actor is that you turn into other people. You have to hide yourself a bit in order to let that other person come out.”