Ruth Sheen was born in 1952 is an English actress. Sheen began her career training at the East 15 Acting School, and has appeared regularly on British television and in British films since 1988. On television she played Maureen Tacy in the series Doc Martin (2002), she had recurring roles as Nanny Simmons in Berkeley Square (1998),and as Nurse Ethel Carr in the series Bramwell (1995–98). She also appeared as four different characters in six episodes of The Bill between 1989 and 2004.
She has also appeared in six Mike Leigh films: most recently in Mr. Turner (2014 film), in the female lead role of Shirley in High Hopes (1988); as Laughing Woman in Secrets & Lies (1996); as Maureen in All or Nothing (2002), as Lily in Vera Drake (2004) and as Gerri in Another Year (2010). Her role in High Hopes won her the Best Actress award at the 1989 European Film Awards.