My first professional job was with Brian Way's Theatre Centre, touring schools all over the country, then 2 years in weekly rep. before going to East 15 Acting School for 3 years. After that, it was back to repertory in many regional theatres before settling in Manchester for a bit and starting to work in radio and television.


  • "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" UK tour, 2022-23

  • Richard Eyre's feature film adaptation of Alan Bennett's stage play, "Allelujah", in cinemas worldwide this year.

  • Three series of Stefan Golaszewski's award winning television comedy Mum.

  • Marlene has recorded over 100 Audio Books (including 27 by best-selling author, Ruth Hamilton).
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'Muriel' in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - Touring 2022-23. Director, Lucy Bailey
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'Doris' in "A Cream Cracker Under the Settee" in 'Talking Heads: Susan, Doris & Irene' - West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 2018. Directors: James Brining, Amy Leach & John R Wilkinson
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'Marina' in "Uncle Vanya" (with Charlotte Emmerson and Iain Glen) - Print Room, London 2012. Director, Lucy Bailey