Patricia Brooker grew up in East London, where she married husband Charlie and had five children. After working in various East End factories, she became landlady of the Rising Sun before moving to Essex and working as a newsagent and then a dinner lady. She was catapulted to fame in ITV's The Only Way is Essex, where as matriarch of the Wright clan she quickly became one of the most popular characters. She has fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
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