In our continuing retrospective on Twin Peaks we look back at the women of Twin Peaks who helped make the series great.

Despite Dale Cooper being the central protagonist in Twin Peaks, crucial to success of the series is the ensemble cast which is dominated by a collection of strong female characters.

Probably the most iconic female character, helped by a particularly memorable twisted cherry stalk scene, is Audrey Horne played by Sherilyn Fenn. Despite actually being 26 at the time Fenn played high school student Audrey Horne, the daughter of the powerful Benjamin Horne, owner of The Great Northern. Audrey is incredibly strong willed and independent and is indicative of the kind of women that can be found in Twin Peaks.

This really is the case across the board in Twin Peaks as many of the female characters are either already strong and independent or become so as the series progresses. Shelly (Madchen Amick) and Norma (Peggy Lipton) both battle against abusive spouses and become stronger, Catherine (Piper Laurie) runs rings around Ben Horne in business matters and at the centre of the story is Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), a woman who seemed to have had everyone in the town wrapped around her little finger.

Embedded below is a short video report made whilst the series was on air that touches on some of the women of Twin Peaks.

Who were your favourite female characters in Twin Peaks and what are your thoughts on the female characters in general?