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Caroline Quentin says putting her acting work before her children has left a ‘hole’ in her after missing valuable moments with her two youngsters


She was one of the most recognisable faces on British television in the 1990s and noughties. 

But Caroline Quentin has said she now regrets taking on so many acting roles, as leaving her young children to go to work has left a ‘hole’ in her. 

The actress, 63, said she believed she had to work as much as she could as she was the ‘breadwinner’ but missed valuable moments with her two youngsters. 

Ms Quentin was hot property when she met now husband Sam Farmer, who was working as runner on the set of Men Behaving Badly, in 1998. 

They had daughter Emily, now 24, a year later and son William, 20, in 2003. 

She said she ‘mourned them terribly’ while she was away filming programmes such as Jonathan Creek, Blue Murder and Life Begins. 

Caroline Quentin - She was one of the most recognisable faces on British television in the 1990s and noughties

Caroline Quentin – She was one of the most recognisable faces on British television in the 1990s and noughties

Caroline with husband Sam Farmer and little Emily in 2000 at the christening of actor Martin Clunes's daughter

Caroline with husband Sam Farmer and little Emily in 2000 at the christening of actor Martin Clunes’s daughter

‘God, I missed them. I mourned them terribly when I was away. I think that’s probably why I feel so bad about it, because it left a hole in me,’ she told Good Housekeeping. 

‘People said, ‘Oh, they’re young for such a short period of time,’ and I didn’t listen. I thought I knew better, and I didn’t.’ 

Ms Quentin, who married Farmer in 2006, said she now regrets not turning down jobs that were offered to her and has to ‘live’ with it. 

Caroline Quentin featured on the front cover of April's edition of Good Housekeeping magazine

Caroline Quentin featured on the front cover of April’s edition of Good Housekeeping magazine

‘I should have said no to work and yes to them, but because I was the breadwinner, I thought I had to do it,’ she said. ‘Well, I didn’t, did I? But you can’t turn back the clock, you have to live with these things.’ 

Despite missing out on time with her in her early years, Ms Quentin and her daughter are now extremely close, with Ms Farmer following her mother into acting. 

Ms Quentin, who was previously married to Paul Merton from 1990 to 1998, said the secret to her successful marriage to Farmer is constant communication. 

‘You have to speak, speak, speak. I’ve nagged Sam from day one to do that because I can’t bear sulking or silence,’ she said.



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