|Born||(1975-07-15) 15 July 1975
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Craig Conway (m. 2007–10) (divorced)|
|Awards||TV Quick Award – Best Actress
2007 Waterloo Road – Izzie Redpath
Jill Halfpenny (born 15 July 1975) is an English actress, best known for her roles as Rebecca Hopkins in the British soap opera Coronation Street (1999–2000); as Kate Mitchell (née Morton) in rival soap EastEnders, (2002–2005), Izzie Redpath in Waterloo Road (2006–2007) and Diane Manning in In The Club (2014–present) she also won the second series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her career began in 1989 with a regular role in the BBC children’s drama serial Byker Grove. She subsequently appeared in numerous television roles including Wild at Heart, Peak Practice and Waterloo Road, for which she won a Best Actress prize at the TV Quick Awards.
Halfpenny also enjoys a successful theatre career with roles ranging from pantomime to high-profile West End productions such as Abigail’s Party, Calendar Girls and musicals like Chicago. In 2011, she won the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her performance in Legally Blonde. She is the aunt of ex-Emmerdale actress Chelsea Halfpenny.
She was born to parents Maureen (née Mitchelson) and Colin Halfpenny, and has two elder sisters, Nicola and Paula; the latter is the mother of actress Chelsea Halfpenny. Colin Halfpenny died in 1979, when Halfpenny was only four; n 1981, Maureen re-married to Colin’s brother, Derek.
A native of Leam Lane, Gateshead, she attended St Edmund Campion RC school (now Cardinal Hume RC School) in Wrekenton. She is a former student of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (1994–1996) and she also went to drama school First Act Theatre in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and to the Reavley Theatre School in Felling, Gateshead, despite claiming on Strictly Come Dancing that she had received no previous training.
She began her acting career at age 14 in the BBC television children’s drama series Byker Grove, filmed in the Benwell area of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her other work has included appearances in Dalziel and Pascoe, Barbara and Coronation Street for television and theatre with the acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre Company. She took the major role of Kate Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 2002. The character was introduced as a police officer sent to spy on Phil Mitchell, but after her cover was blown she quit the police force, married Phil and opened a nail salon. Her final scenes were broadcast in January 2005 after her character was axed.
In 2004, Halfpenny participated in the BBC One pro-celebrity ballroom dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing, dancing with professional Darren Bennett. The couple won the competition after receiving the full 40 marks from the judges in the final. On 14 December 2004, Halfpenny and Darren Bennett made an appearance on stage at the Royal Variety Performance which took place at the London Coliseum. In a special one-off Christmas programme which pitted the Strictly Come Dancing champions (and other top performing couples) from series one and two against each other, Jill and Darren were crowned as Champion of Champions. In December, it was announced that she would take the role of Roxie Hart in the West End musical, Chicago, starting in January 2005.
In 2005, Halfpenny appeared in The Bodies, a new play adapted from an Émile Zola novel by Peter Flannery at the Live Theatre, Newcastle, opposite her real-life husband, actor Craig Conway. In 2005 and 2006, Halfpenny appeared in hit pantomimes at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Halfpenny was the guest presenter for and performed in the first show of the BBC four-part series The Sound of Musicals in January 2006 and played Roxy Ball in Shameless in an episode broadcast on 31 January 2006. In 2006, Halfpenny made a guest appearance in an episode of The Catherine Tate Show.
From spring 2006, Halfpenny appeared in the BBC One series Waterloo Road as teacher Izzie Redpath, a role for which she won the TV Quick Award for Best Actress. The character was killed off at the end of the second series. In 2007 Halfpenny appeared as the narrator of Freaky Eaters for BBC Three and Fat Man’s Warning for Channel 4. She narrated a short film advertising how the National Lottery helps the North East, created by students at the Lord Lawson of Beamish School as part of a competition. The film they created won the competition.
From the beginning of February 2008, a pregnant Halfpenny played Spike Milligan‘s long-suffering manager, Norma Farnes, alongside Michael Barrymore in Surviving Spike at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Halfpenny starred in the West End production of Calendar Girls from 28 July to 31 October 2009 and then played the part of Paulette Bonafonté in the West End company of Legally Blonde, which opened January 2010 with previews beginning December 2009. She played the part until late October 2010 and she was subsequently replaced by Denise van Outen. For this role Halfpenny won the whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
In March 2012 she starred in a revival of Mike Leigh‘s 1977 play Abigail’s Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. In April the show played at the Theatre Royal, Bath before transferring to the West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre where it ran from May to September. In 2014 she starred in BBC drama In the Club, which returned for a second series in 2016, and Channel 4’s Babylon. In 2015 she starred in Way Upstream by Alan Ayckbourn at Chichester Festival Theatre. In September 2014, along with Tim Healy, Halfpenny narrated the history of the North East of England as part of the ceremony for the Great North Run.
|2000||Command Approved||Chopper Pilot|
|2011||How to Stop Being a Loser||Christina|
|2013||Turn Your Bloody Phone Off: The Second Batch||Mummy||Segment: “Shush Mummy”|
|1989-1992||Byker Grove||Nicola Dobson||Recurring role|
|1997||Bill, TheThe Bill||Lisa Collett||“Man Trap”|
|1997||Birds of a Feather||Brittany||“Rising Damp”|
|1997||Lakes, TheThe Lakes||Tina||“1.1”|
|1998||Round Tower, TheThe Round Tower||Rosie Cotton||TV film|
|1998||Heartbeat||Mitzi Wyler||“Local Knowledge”|
|1998||Touching Evil||Annie Jordan||“What Price a Child: Parts 1 & 2”|
|1999||Dangerfield||Shelley||“Tying the Knot”|
|1999||Peak Practice||Kelly||Recurring role|
|1999-2000||Coronation Street||Rebecca Hopkins||Regular role|
|2001||Dalziel and Pascoe||Tara Connolly||“Home Truths”|
|2002||Breeze Block||TV series|
|2002-05||EastEnders||Kate Mitchell||Regular role|
|2005||Catherine Tate Show, TheThe Catherine Tate Show||Gina||“Dog Obedience”|
|2006-07||Waterloo Road||Izzie Redpath||Regular role|
|2007||Blue Murder||Jackie Holroyd||“Crisis Management”|
|2009||Inspector George Gently||Cora Davidson||“Gently with the Innocents”|
|2011||Mount Pleasant||Emma||“1.5”, “1.6”, “1.7”|
|2011||Walk Like a Panther||Lara Anderson||“1.1”|
|2012||Murdoch Mysteries||Elizabeth Bryant||“Murdoch of the Klondike”|
|2012||Wild at Heart||Fiona||“7.8”, “7.9”, “7.10”|
|2013||Lightfields||Martha Felwood||TV miniseries|
|2013||Vera||Maggie Warnock||“Prodigal Son”|
|2014||Beautality||Pam St. Clair||TV film|
|2014–present||In the Club||Diane Manning||Main role|
|2015||Humans||Jill Drummond||Main role|
|2016||Death in Paradise||Naomi Walker||“5.7”|
|2016||Ordinary Lies||Belinda Brierly||Supporting cast|
Reddy at IIFA, 2012
|Born||14 December 1980 (1980-12-14) (age 36)
mumbai, maharastra, India
|Spouse(s)||Akshai Varde (2014–present)|
|Relatives||Meghna Reddy (sister)
Sushma Reddy (sister)
Sameera was born on 14 December 1980 in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh to a Telugu Reddy family. Her father Chinta Poli (C. P.) Reddy is a businessman, while her mother Nakshatra, referred to as Niki by her daughters and in the media, was a microbiologist and worked with an NGO. She has two siblings, Meghna Reddy, a former VJ and supermodel, and Sushma Reddy, a Bollywood actress and model, both elder to her. She did her schooling at Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, Mumbai and graduated from Sydenham College.
Reddy first appeared in ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas‘s “Aur Aahista” music video in 1997, when she was a graduate. Sameera was meant to make her debut as an actress in Saravana Subbiah‘s Tamil film, Citizen, during late 2000, but eventually did not feature. She caught the attention of Bollywood and was cast in a pivotal role in the 2002 Hindi film Maine Dil Tujhko Diya. In 2004, she appeared in Musafir opposite Anil Kapoor, Aditya Pancholi and Koena Mitra.
Reddy appeared in the Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon, opposite Surya Sivakumar, which was a blockbuster. Reddy’s acting and modest portrayal of a confident and down-to-earth girl earned her rave reviews. She was signed for two films of Gautham Menon: Yohan Adhyayam Ondru and Dhruva Natchathiram. They were eventually dropped.
Reddy is a big fan of American talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. She met Oprah during the former’s visit to India at the welcome party hosted by Parmeshwar Godrej. As the television celebrity was reportedly impressed by Sameera’s saree, she was presented a similar saree as a gift by the actress before she left India.
|2002||Maine Dil Tujhko Diya||Ayesha Verma||Hindi||Hindi debut|
|2003||Darna Mana Hai||Shruti||Hindi|
|2005||No Entry||(Beach Girl)||Hindi||cameo appearance|
|2006||Taxi Number 9211||Rupali||Hindi|
|2007||Fool & Final||Payal||Hindi|
|2007||Ami, Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala||Rekha||Bengali||Bengali debut|
|2008||One Two Three||Laila||Hindi|
|2008||Surya s/o Krishna||Meghana||Telugu|
|2008||Varanam Aayiram||Meghna||Tamil||Tamil debut,
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
|2009||De Dana Dan||Manpreet||Hindi|
|2010||Oru Naal Varum||Meera||Malayalam||Malayalam debut|
|2010||Red Alert: The War Within||Lakshmi||Hindi|
|2012||Chakravyuh||Herself||Hindi||Special appearance in the song “Kunda Khola”|
|2012||Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum||Herself||Telugu||Special appearance in the song “Sai Andri Nanu”|
|Born||(1982-09-23) 23 September 1982
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Hair color||Strawberry blonde|
|Manager||Chic Management, Next Model Management|
Alyssa Sutherland (born 23 September 1982) is an Australian actress and model.
Sutherland was born in Brisbane. Her modeling career began when she won the 1997 annual Bonne Belle model search of Girlfriend, a teen magazine in Australia. Following her win, she was signed to a contract with Vogue Australia.
She has had an extensive runway, print and television modeling career, appearing in campaigns for Bulgari, Ralph Lauren, Garnier, Calvin Klein, Chanel, John Frieda, Kerastase, Hugo Boss, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Sutherland has graced the cover of magazines including Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and Japan, Elle Germany, Australian Style, Glamour Italy and Black and White. Sutherland has also shot extensive editorial for Vogue Germany, Australia, Italy, Greece as well as American, Elle (Australia and US), Marie-Claire (UK), Harper’s Bazaar (Australia), Glamour Italy, I.D., Wallpaper*, and The Face and Scene. Sutherland has worked with renowned fashion photographers including Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Ellen von Unwerth and Steven Meisel.
In 2007, Sutherland became the newest Flake Girl when Cadbury revived its iconic TV advertisements after a 5-year hiatus. The advertisement shows her, in reverse time, eating a Flake bar in a convertible during a rain shower. She is one of several former Cadbury advert actors to speak out in favour of the “Keep Cadbury British” campaign in opposition to the sale of Cadbury to a non-British owner.
Her acting career has included roles in the films The Devil Wears Prada, Day on Fire, Don’t Look Up, and the television series New Amsterdam. Sutherland first appears as Princess Aslaug in the last episode of the first season, continuing into the second, third, and fourth seasons, on the History Channel series Vikings.
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Clacker|
|2006||Day on Fire||Model|
|2008||New Amsterdam||Alice||Episode: “Legacy”|
|2008||Huge||Izzy||Unsold TV pilot|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kate||Episode: “Bang”|
|2015||Australia’s Next Top Model||Herself||Episode: “Finale”|
|2017||The Mist||Eve Copeland||5 episodes|