At the National Television Awards in February 2012
26 September 1991 (1991-09-26) (age 25)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
|Relatives||Jill Halfpenny (aunt)|
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Halfpenny attended St Augustine’s Primary School in Leam Lane, Gateshead and then went on to attend St Edmund Campion School in Wrekenton, both of which her aunt, actress Jill Halfpenny, attended. She also attended Saturday fame school classes at the Reavley Theatre School, Gateshead. Halfpenny also lived on the Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead.
TV & Film
In the same year she booked a role as Lucy Summerbee in popular children’s television series Byker Grove. Halfpenny secured the role after answering an advertisement in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. She remained with the show until 2006.
Halfpenny featured in 2010 in a short film directed by Andy McVicar, called Compulsion. Halfpenny played the female lead Kelly, in a story of young adolescent love. The film was funded by Northern Film and Media’s Digital Nation initiative fund. Made for £20,000, Compulsion won the British Council award for “Best New Short Film’” at the London Film Festival.
On 8 October 2010, Halfpenny made her first appearance on Yorkshire-based soap opera Emmerdale as runaway teenager Amy Wyatt, who became a regular character. On 11 October 2013, Halfpenny confirmed that she was to leave Emmerdale. Her last episode was shown on 14 November 2013.
Halfpenny joined the cast of BBC One medical drama, Casualty in early 2015. She plays Alicia Munroe, a year 1 foundation officer doctor. Halfpenny’s first episode aired on 19 September 2015. Halfpenny had signed for eight episodes and departed the show on 14 November 2015. In May 2016, it was announced that Halfpenny would return to Casualty, with her return episode airing on 30 July 2016.
In 2009 she progressed to the Open Mic UK national finals, with Newcastle-based girl group Vivo.
In 2011 Halfpenny also featured on a DVD release by MWM Records, called Big River Big Songs. Halfpenny sang a solo of “I Still Love Him” and sang a duet, “The Shoe Makker” with fellow Emmerdale cast member Charlie Hardwick.
In 2012 Halfpenny also took part in Sunday for Sammy a biannual charity concert held in aid of the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund, which benefits young performers in the Newcastle area. Starring alongside Angela Lonsdale and Denise Welch, Halfpenny played Lambrini a young Newcastle woman on community service. In 2014 she appeared in a variety of roles in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Maxine Peake‘s Beryl – celebrating the extraordinary sporting achievements of Morley cyclist Beryl Burton. 
- British Council Award – “Best Film Short” for Compulsion
- National Television Awards 2012 – “Best Newcomer” for Emmerdale (Nominated)
- British Soap Awards 2012 – “Best Actress” for Emmerdale (Longlisted)
|2004||Casualty||Karine||Series 18, Episode 26; “What Parents Do“|
|2004–06||Byker Grove||Lucy Summerbee|
|2010–13||Emmerdale||Amy Wyatt||Regular role|
|2015||Casualty||Alicia Munroe||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2010||Compulsion||Kelly||Short film funded by Northern Film and Media|
|2013||Lilium||Sarah||Short film made by Teesside University students|