Dorcas Lane

Dorcas runs Candleford's Post Office and owns the town's forge.

 Julia Sawalha as Dorcas Lane

Julia Sawalha as Dorcas Lane

Dorcas runs Candleford's Post Office and owns the town's forge. Her father was a journeyman, the son of a master-smith. His travels came to an end when he stopped off to work at the Candleford forge and met the blacksmith's daughter. After her father died, she took on his two businesses, the Post Office and forge, much to the surprise of many.

Julia Sawalha plays Dorcas Lane

One of Britian's most popular actresses, Julia is best known for playing Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous. No stranger to period drama, she has also appeared in Pride and Prejudice, Martin Chuzzlewit and Cranford. Other roles include Carla Borrego in Jonathan Creek and the voice of Ginger in Chicken Run.