Why did Pauline Collins give her daughter up for adoption?
Pauline Collins is a British actress who first came to prominence portraying Sarah Moffat in Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1973) and its spin-off, Thomas & Sarah (1979). In 1992, she published her autobiography, titled Letter to Louise.
Collins played the title role in the play, Shirley Valentine, for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Pauline had an older daughter, Louise, with actor Tony Rohr. She gave her up for adoption when she was penniless and single at the age of 23. The pair were reunited 22 years later. Pauline’s book, Letter To Louise, documented these events.
Collins first became well known for her role as the maid Sarah in the 1970s ITV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs.
The character appeared regularly throughout the first two series, the second of which also starred her actor husband, John Alderton, with whom she later starred in a spin-off, Thomas & Sarah (1979), and the sitcom No, Honestly written by Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham