Patricia "Tricia" Penrose (born 9 April 1970, Kirkby, Lancashire) is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Gina Ward in ITV1's long-running 1960s drama Heartbeat, a role she played continuously from 1993 to 2010. She has also appeared in The Royal, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Boon, Justice and Dancin' Thru the Dark.
|Other names||Trisha Penrose|
|Occupation||Actress, television presenter,singer|
|Spouse(s)||Mark Simpkin (2003—)|
Although Penrose has primarily focused on her acting career, she has also had an interest in the music industry, releasing two singles – "Where Did Our Love Go?" (1996, UK #71) and "Don't Wanna Be Alone" (2000, UK #44). In 2002, she reached the final of A Song for Europe (the competition to select the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry) but did not win. In 2004, however, she won a Christmas edition of the ITV show Stars in Their Eyes, performing as Brenda Lee and singing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree". She has also sung a number of times onHeartbeat. In 2006 she signed a new contract with the show, thought to be worth £100,000. The final series of Heartbeat aired in 2009–2010.
As of November 2011, Penrose has become a client of Urban Associates, a UK independent personal management and PR agency.
She is married to TV presenter Mark Simpkin, with two sons, Jake (born 10 September 2003), and Freddy Jay (born 8 August 2008). She has an older brother called Paul and a long-lost sister Julie, whom she met for the first time only in 2001.
In January 2013, she appeared as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother 11. As part of Big Brother's task, she was initially chosen to enter the main luxury house instead of the basement. Penrose was evicted in a semi-final double eviction, alongside Frankie Dettori on Day 21.