Maxine Peake is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Twinkle in Dinnerladies and Veronica Ball in Shameless, barrister Martha Costello in the BBC legal drama Silk, and Grace Middleton in the BBC drama series The Village, as well as starring in Black Mirror episode Metalhead. She is also an accomplished stage actress, having played the title role in Hamlet.Early lifePeake was born in Westhoughton, Greater Manchester on 14 July 1974, the second of two daughters born to Glenys and Brian Peake. Her father was a lorry driver before working in the electrical industry, and her mother was a part-time careworker. Her older sister, Lisa , is a police officer. Peake's parents separated when she was nine and she lived with her mother until the age of 15.