Born in Leeds. After leaving school she went to the Royal College of Music in Manchester where she achieved her ARMCM, stayed an extra 18 months and studied opera. During this time she took leads in two college productions and did concert and oratorio work. Jean entered for the first Kathleen Ferrier competition, winning the Blackpool heat against 97 other competitors. At the final she was heard by D'Oyly Carte and asked to audition, joining the company in March 1956. During the four years that she was with the company she played Princess Ida, Mabel, Josephine, Elsie Maynard, Patience and Gianetta, and recorded Mabel, Josephine, Yum Yum and Rose Maybud. During this time she married and left the company when expecting her first child.

She rejoined the company for a short period in 1961, appearing as guest artiste in two London seasons in addition to one provincial tour and an American one .

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