Lesley-Ann Brandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt

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Born (1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 36)
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Known for Naevia in Spartacus, Mazikeen in Lucifer
Spouse(s)
Children 1
Website www.lesley-annbrandt.com

Lesley-Ann Brandt (born 2 December 1981) is a South African-born actress (of Cape Coloured descent) who is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and Los Angeles, United States. Brandt has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since January 2016, she plays the role of Maze (Mazikeen) on the television series Lucifer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Brandt is of East Indian, German, Dutch, and Spanish descent.[1] She is a fluent Afrikaans speaker[2] and lists yoga, hockey and baseball amongst her interests.[3] In South Africa, she played competitive field hockey.[4]

In 1999, Brandt immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her parents and her younger brother. Brandt started work in retail sales in Auckland[5] before securing work as an information technology recruitment consultant. She also worked as a promo-girl for Red Bull.[4][6] Following some modelling work, she was cast in a number of New Zealand television advertisements.[7] She studied acting and was trained in the Meisner technique in 2008.[3]

Career[edit]

Brandt’s first significant acting role was in the New Zealand television series Diplomatic Immunity. Brandt has appeared in guest roles on the New Zealand hospital soap opera, Shortland Street, and This Is Not My Life, a science fiction series set in the 2020s in the fictional town of Waimoana.[8]

Brandt had a role as slave girl Naevia in the first season Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. She originally auditioned for the role of Sura but the casting director suggested she audition for the role of Naevia instead.[3] Brandt did not return for the subsequent seasons of Spartacus due to production delays following the death of Andy Whitfield.[9] Her manager Steven Jensen stated to TheWrap, “She’d like to go back, but they really haven’t gotten the number we’re looking for.” He said she would reconsider “if they step up”. STARZ had no comment. Cynthia Addai-Robinson ultimately replaced Brandt as Naevia.[10]

Brandt had a role in the New Zealand coming-of-age feature film The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell. The film, about the victim of a kart racing accident, was filmed in Howick, a suburb of East Auckland.[6][11]

Brandt guest starred in the CSI: NY episodes “Smooth Criminal” and “Food for Thought”. Brandt was featured in the film InSight in which she plays nurse Valerie Khoury. In May 2010, Brandt guest starred on Legend of the Seeker, another Rob Tapert/Sam Raimi production filmed in New Zealand. She appeared in the Season 2 season finale “Tears” in the role of Sister Thea.[3] In 2011, she guest appeared in TNT’s Memphis Beat, which was followed by a lead role as Cassie in Syfy‘s highest rated original feature for 2011, Zombie Apocalypse, which also starred Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning. She appeared in the feature film Drift with Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel, and Duke starring CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo.

In 2013, she had a recurring role in the third season of Single Ladies as Naomi Cox.[12] In 2014, she guest starred as Larissa Diaz/Copperhead on Gotham,[13] and appeared as the recurring character Lamia in The Librarians.[14]

In 2015, she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer. She replaced actress Lina Esco who was released after the first table read. Brandt had reportedly tested for the role and was reconsidered after Esco was released.[15]

Brandt is based in Los Angeles.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Brandt married her boyfriend of three years, actor Chris Payne Gilbert, in 2015.[17] The couple’s first child, son Kingston Payne Brandt-Gilbert, was born in July 2017.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Brandt at the 2017 WonderCon, to promote Lucifer.

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Shortland Street Sonia Episode: “16.178”
2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leilani Fa’auigaese Main role, 13 episodes
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Naevia Main role, 13 episodes
2010 Legend of the Seeker Sister Thea Episode: “Tears”
2010 The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell Sharon
2010 This Is Not My Life WAI Field Reporter / Hine Episode: “1.7”
Episode: “1.10”
2011 Chuck Fatima Tazi Episode: “Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Naevia Main role, 6 episodes
2011 CSI: NY Camille Jordanson Episode: “Smooth Criminal”
Episode: “Food for Thought”
2011 InSight Valerie Khoury
2011 Memphis Beat Adriana Episode: “The Things We Carry
2011 Duke Violet
2011 Zombie Apocalypse Cassie TV film
2012 A Beautiful Soul Angela Barry
2013 Drift Lani
2014 The Librarians Lamia Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Single Ladies Naomi Cox Recurring role, 11 episodes
2014 Gotham Larissa Diaz/Copperhead Episode: “Lovecraft”
2015 Painkillers Guts
2015 Heartlock Tara Sharpe
2016–present Lucifer Mazikeen Main role
Music videos
Year Band Title Character Director
2007 Battle Circus “Love in a Fallout Shelter”[19] Lead Female Anton Steel
2007 Nesian Mystik “R.S.V.P.”[19] Lead Female Luke Sharpe
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STEPHANIE BENNETT

Stephanie Bennett is an actress, known for The Romeo Section (2015), Big Eyes (2014) and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016).
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 2019 Project Blue Book (TV Series) (post-production)
Leigh Ann

Episode #1.3 … Leigh Ann
 2018 The Christmas Pact (TV Movie)
Hannah
 2018 Scorched Earth
Melena
 2017 Travelers (TV Series)
Jenny

U235 (2017) … Jenny
Jenny (2017) … Jenny
11:27 (2017) … Jenny
Protocol 4 (2017) … Jenny
 2017 Lucifer (TV Series)
Muffy Beauregard

Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith (2017) … Muffy Beauregard
 2017 21 Thunder (TV Series)
Christy Cook

Episode #1.8 (2017) … Christy Cook
Episode #1.7 (2017) … Christy Cook
Episode #1.6 (2017) … Christy Cook
Episode #1.5 (2017) … Christy Cook
Episode #1.4 (2017) … Christy Cook
 2017 Same Time Next Week (TV Movie)
Maggie
 2017 Imposters (TV Series)
Kelly

Always Forward, Never Back (2017) … Kelly
 2016-2017 Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (TV Series)
Lydia Branwell

Day of Wrath (2017) … Lydia Branwell
A Door Into the Dark (2017) … Lydia Branwell
This Guilty Blood (2017) … Lydia Branwell
Morning Star (2016) … Lydia Branwell (uncredited)
Malec (2016) … Lydia Branwell
 2016 The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (TV Movie)
Charity Julius
 2016 Motive (TV Series)
Miranda Hurst

The Scorpion and the Frog (2016) … Miranda Hurst
 2015 The Romeo Section (TV Series)
Dee

A String of Pearls (2015) … Dee
Dragon Fruit (2015) … Dee
Elephant Faces East (2015) … Dee
Whiskey Jack (2015) … Dee
Mandate of Heaven (2015) … Dee
 2015 Are You My Daughter? (TV Movie)
Rebecca
 2015 The Unauthorized Full House Story (TV Movie)
Lori Loughlin
 2015 Descendants (TV Movie)
Snow White
 2015 UnREAL (TV Series)
Pepper

Truth (2015) … Pepper
Wife (2015) … Pepper
Mother (2015) … Pepper
Relapse (2015) … Pepper
Return (2015) … Pepper
 2015 iZombie (TV Series)
Kimber Cooper

Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat (2015) … Kimber Cooper
 2015 Truth & Lies (TV Movie)
Hannah
 2014/I Big Eyes
Coed #1
 2014 The Nine Lives of Christmas (TV Movie)
Jaclyn
 2014 Leprechaun: Origins
Sophie
 2014 Desertion (Short)
Beth
 2014 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (TV Series)
Abby

Dark of Night (2014) … Abby
 2013 King & Maxwell (TV Series)
Angela Miller

Stealing Secrets (2013) … Angela Miller
 2013 Supernatural (TV Series)
Shelly

Clip Show (2013) … Shelly
 2012 Grave Encounters 2
Tessa Hamill
 2011 Hiccups (TV Series)
Double Parked Woman

Flirt Locker (2011) … Double Parked Woman
 2010/II In the Dark (Short)
Carrie
 2010 Good Morning (Short)

Nicola Stephenson

 

Nicola Stephenson

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Born (1971-07-05) 5 July 1971 (age 47)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Paul Stephenson
Children 2

Nicola Stephenson (born 5 July 1971)[1] is an English actress. She played the roles of Margaret Clemence in Brookside, Julie Fitzjohn in Holby City, Sarah Williams in The Chase and Tess Harris in Emmerdale.

Life and career[edit]

Career[edit]

She is known mainly for her roles in television, which include Margaret Clemence in Channel 4‘s Brookside; Stephenson’s on-air kiss with Anna Friel (Beth Jordache) was the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss to be broadcast on British television.[2][3] In 2012 the kiss was broadcast to over 5 billion people when it was included as part of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony directed by Danny Boyle. The opening ceremony was broadcast uncensored in 76 countries where homosexuality is illegal and therefore became the first homosexual kiss to be broadcast in these countries.[4] Other roles have included Julie Fitzjohn/Bradford in Holby City, Suzie Davidson in Clocking Off, Jackie Armstrong in ITV’s Christmas Lights/Northern Lights/City Lights, Sarah Williams in BBC’s The Chase and All at Sea. In 2012, Nicola played Louise, a series lead in the ITV drama Homefront. In 2014 she joined the regular cast of Waterloo Road as art teacher Allie Westbrook for 11 episodes.

Her theatre roles include A Patriot for Me at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Peter Gill, His Girl Friday and Edmund at the National Theatre, directed by Ed Hall, and War Horse at the New London Theatre in London’s West End, directed by Marianne Elliot.

In 2007, she had a lead role in the BBC TV 3 part series Superstorm directed by Julian Simpson. In 2014 she worked with Simpson again when he directed her as a guest lead in the BBC TV series New Tricks.

She appeared in the ITV drama Safe House in early 2015.[5]

From 2015 to 2016, she played the part of Tess Harris in the soap-opera Emmerdale. Her five-month stint on the serial came to a sudden end when her character was unexpectedly killed off in a hit-and-run incident. Stephenson’s role in the soap also reunited her with her The Chase co-star Gaynor Faye, who played the character of Megan Macey since 2012.

She was born in Oldham, Lancashire[6] and attended North Chadderton School for her secondary education.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Coronation Street Priscilla Millbanks 3 episodes
1989 The Rainbow Ethel
1990 Children’s Ward Amanda Recurring Role
1990 Medics Suzie Guest Role
1990–1993 Brookside Margaret Clemence Series Regular
1994 Nice Day at the Office Lizzie Kershaw Lead Role
1996 My Wonderful Life Gail
1996 Out of The Blue Lucy Shaw Main Cast
1997 Wokenwell Fran Rainford Main Cast
1997 The Bill Julie Hicks Reccrring Role
1998–1999 Casualty Julie Fitzjohn Series Regular
1999–2001 Holby City
2002–2003 Clocking Off Suzie Davidson Lead Role
2004 Christmas Lights Jackie Lead Role
2005 The Afternoon Play Nicola Passmore
2005 Dead Man Weds Donna Havercroft Main Cast
2005 The Walk Christine
2005 Waking The Dead Julia Henderson Guest Role
2006 Northern Lights Jackie Lead Role
2006–2007 The Chase Sarah Williams Series Regular
2007 Superstorm Sara Hughes Main Cast
2007 City Lights Jackie Lead Role
2008 Hotel Babylon Justine Guest Role
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Susan Braby Guest Role
2008 Clash of The Santas Jackie Lead Role
2009 Law & Order: UK Mandy Jackson
2010 Strike Back Diane Porter Guest Role
2010 Moving On Lindsay
2012 Life Stories Megan’s Mum
2012 Homefront Louise Mancetta Lead Role
2013–2015 All at Sea Helen Enright/mum Series Regular
2014 New Tricks Emily Fraser
2014 Waterloo Road Allie Westbrook Series Regular
2015 Safe House Ali Main Cast
2015–2016 Emmerdale Tess Harris Series Regular
2017–present The Worst Witch Julie Hubble Series regular

Personal life[edit]

Stephenson was in a relationship with actor Kieran O’Brien for eight years. The relationship ended in 1999.[8] Nicola has two daughters named Esme, born in 2008 and Iris, born in 2010. She is married to the artist Paul Stephenson.

Janel Parrish

Janel Parrish

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Born Janel Meilani Parrish
(1988-10-30) October 30, 1988 (age 30)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s)
Chris Long (m. 2018)
Website Official website

Janel Meilani Parrish (born October 30, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the Freeform mystery drama series Pretty Little Liars. She is also known for portraying Young Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Misérables (1996), and Jade in the teen comedy film Bratz (2007). In 2014, Parrish participated in the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars, taking third place. She also appeared in the 2018 Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Early life[edit]

Parrish was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Joanne (née Mew),[1] who is of Han Chinese descent, and Mark Phillip Parrish, who is of European descent.[2] She has one sister, Melissa Nohelani, who is eight years older and served in the U.S. Army.[3] Her parents are former bodybuilders,[4] and her mother worked for a Honolulu health club.[5]

At age six, Parrish saw a production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center and fell in love with the idea of performing.[6] She began playing the piano, and within a year was also studying acting, singing, tap and jazz dance.[7] She entered several talent contests, and became well known to local Oahu residents.[8] At age 14, she appeared in the 2003 remake of Star Search, performing the song “On My Own” from Les Misérables.[9] She attended Moanalua Elementary School,[2] and Moanalua High School for her freshman year.[7] Parrish lived in Kaneohe, Hawaii until the age of 14, when she and her family moved to Burbank, Los Angeles so she could pursue a career in the entertainment industry.[7][10] Parrish was then homeschooled in order to accommodate her work schedule.[11]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Parrish in July 2007

Parrish began her acting career when she was cast as Young Cosette in the National Touring Company of Les Misérables, and later portrayed the role for two months in the Broadway production at the Imperial Theatre.[12] She subsequently appeared in several community theatre productions in Hawaii – most notably as Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in Manoa Valley Theatre’s revival of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1998.[5][13] In 1999, Parrish landed her first substantial television role in NBC‘s action series Baywatch, appearing in two episodes as Hina, a young girl whom Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff) saves from drowning.

In 2000, Parrish was featured in Disney‘s live-action television film based on the Pinocchio story, Geppetto, portraying the role of Natalie.[14] She then went on to appear as Vanessa in The WB‘s short-lived sitcom The O’Keefes. Parrish also appeared in shows and made-for-television films on the Disney Channel, and also guest starred in Fox‘s sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, Nickelodeon‘s children’s comedy-drama series Zoey 101,[15] and Fox’s teen drama series The O.C..[2] Parrish then portrayed Bratz member Jade in the 2007 live-action film Bratz. The role was her first in a motion picture, as well as her first starring role.[16] In May 2007, shortly before the release of Bratz, she was signed to the William Morris Agency.[17] She then landed a recurring role in the NBC supernatural drama series Heroes.[18]

Parrish played Mona Vanderwaal for the duration of the Freeform teen drama series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[19] Mona is introduced in the first season as a teenage outsider who uses her intelligence and resources to torment others anonymously. In March 2012, Parrish was promoted to a series regular for the third season, and stayed a regular for the remainder of the series.[20] For her performance as Mona, she won Choice TV – Villain at the Teen Choice Awards four times from five nominations.[21]

In February 2012, Parrish returned to her stage roots in a production of the musical Spring Awakening. She portrayed Anna, while also understudying the lead female role of Wendla Bergmann.[22] That same year, she had a supporting role in the romantic comedy-drama film Celeste and Jesse Forever. She subsequently guest starred in the CBS drama series Hawaii Five-0, playing the role of Rebecca Fine, an ambitious and strong-willed chemistry student,[23] and made a guest appearance in Lifetime‘s fantasy legal drama series Drop Dead Diva as cheerleader Chelsea Putnam.[24] Also in 2014, Parrish led the cast of the Lifetime thriller film High School Possession as Lauren Brady.[25] The following year, she had a guest role as villainess Jillian Havemeyer in NBC’s comedy-drama series The Mysteries of Laura.[26] In 2017, she guest starred in Fox’s procedural drama series Rosewood, playing Selena Monet, a young popstar. In November 2017, Parrish began portraying Sandy Dumbrowski in a Toronto production of Grease, alongside Katie Findlay.[27] She then portrayed Lisa Wagner in the romance film Until We Meet Again, alongside Jackson Rathbone.[28]

Parrish co-starred as Margot Covey in the film adaptation of Jenny Han‘s young adult romance novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, with Lana Condor and John Corbett,[29] and appearred alongside Angela Trimbur and Fairuza Balk in the home-invasion thriller Hell Is Where the Home Is.[30] Parrish will co-star with Mickey Rourke in the upcoming boxing drama Tiger.[31] She is set to reprise her role as Mona Vanderwaal in the Pretty Little Liars spin-off/sequel drama series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.[32]

Music[edit]

At age eight, Parrish won a statewide singing competition in Hawaii.[33] She began writing her own music as a teenager and eventually became the lead singer of the three-piece girl group, Impulse.[34] In 2007, Parrish was signed to Geffen Records as a solo artist to produce her first album.[35] Her first single, “Rainy Day”, which she wrote herself, and its music video, was released on July 7, 2007. The song also featured on the Bratz soundtrack.[36] Parrish made appearances in Prima J‘s music video for “Rock Star” and NLT‘s music video for “She Said, I Said”, which were both featured on the Bratz soundtrack. She also provided background vocals for the latter.[37] In April 2015, she released two songs, “Heart Made of Stone” and “Senseless”, both of which she co-wrote with Vince Pizzinga.[38][39]

Other ventures[edit]

In August 2014, Parrish was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.[40] During week three, “Movie Night”, the couple became the first to earn a perfect score with their Jazz dance, and held the record for earliest perfect score on the show (the record was later matched by Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Hough on the same night). Parrish and Chmerkovskiy reached the final but ended up in third place, behind Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson, who took first and second place respectively.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Parrish began dating chemical engineer Chris Long in September 2016,[42][43] and became engaged to him on October 23, 2017.[44][45] They married on September 8, 2018 at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bratz Jade
2009 Fired Up! Lana
April Showers Vicki
2010 Triple Dog Cecily Gerber
2011 One Kine Day Leilani
4 Wedding Planners Hoku Wolf
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Savannah
2013 To Those Nights Audrey Short film
Something Wicked Ronnie Short film
2017 Until We Meet Again Lisa Wagner
2018 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Margot Covey
Hell Is Where the Home Is Estelle
Tiger Charlotte

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Baywatch Hina 2 episodes
2000 Geppetto Natalie Television film
2003 Star Search Herself (Junior Singer) Episode: “The One with Guest Judge Jack Osbourne”
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Laura Episode: “Being Bernie Mac”
2006 Zoey 101 Sara Episode: “The Silver Hammer Society”
The O.C. Leah Episode: “The Summer Bummer”
2007–2008 Heroes May 4 episodes
2009 True Jackson, VP Kyla Episode: “Flirting with Fame”
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Mona Vanderwaal Recurring role (seasons 12)
Main role (seasons 37); 138 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Rebecca Fine Episode: “Kapu”
2014 Drop Dead Diva Chelsea Putnam Episode: “Cheers & Jeers”
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 19
High School Possession Lauren Brady Television film
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Jillian Havemeyer Episode: “The Mystery of the Crooked Clubber”
2016 Rush Hour Nina Taylor Episode: “Wind Beneath My Wingman”
2017 Rosewood Selena Monet Episode: “Mummies & Meltdowns”
2018 I’ll Be Watching Kate Riley Television film
2019 Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Mona Vanderwaal Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2007 “Rainy Day” Herself [47]
2007 “She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)” NLT Ex Girlfriend [48]
2015 “Come On Get Happy” The Coca-Cola Artists Herself [49]
2015 “Lay Me Down” Brian Justin Crum & Janel Parrish [50]
2015 “When It’s Over” Herself [51]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Location(s) Ref
1996 Les Misérables Young Cosette National tour and Imperial Theatre [12]
1998 To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Finch Manoa Valley Theatre [52]
1999 Here’s Love Susan Walker Diamond Head Theatre [53]
2000 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Beth Bradley Diamond Head Theatre [54]
2001 On Dragonfly Wings Wendy Waterbug Leeward Community College Theater [55]
2012 Spring Awakening Anna Theatre of Arts Arena Stage [56]
2015 Cruel Intentions: The Musical Kathryn Merteuil Rockwell Table & Stage
2017 A Walk to Remember: The Musical Jamie Sullivan Prospect Theatre [57]
Cruel Intentions: The Musical Cecile Caldwell (Le) Poisson Rouge [58]
2017–2018 Grease Sandy Dumbrowski Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres [59]

Soundtrack[edit]

Year Title Song Notes
2007 Bratz “Rainy Day” Writer and performer
2008 Guiding Light “Won’t Let You Go” Writer and performer
2009 April Showers “I Won’t Cry” Performer
The Kings of Appletown “I’m Changing” Performer
2010 Triple Dog “Rush” Performer
2014 Pretty Little Liars Gravity Performer
2017 Rosewood “Dance for Me” Performer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1999 Po’okela Awards Leading Female in a Play To Kill a Mockingbird Nominated [60]
2000 Po’okela Awards Leading Female in a Musical Here’s Love Nominated [61]
2002 Po’okela Awards Leading Female in a Musical On Dragonfly Wings Nominated [62]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Villain Pretty Little Liars Won [63]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Villain Pretty Little Liars Won [64]
2013 TV Guide Awards Favorite Villain (with Keegan Allen) Pretty Little Liars Nominated [65]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Villain Pretty Little Liars Nominated [66]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Villain Pretty Little Liars Won [67]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Villain Pretty Little Liars Won [68]

Adjoa Andoh

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Adjoa Andoh

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Adjoa Andoh
Born Adjoa Aiboom Helen Andoh
(1963-01-14) 14 January 1963 (age 55)
Bristol, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present

Adjoa Andoh (born 14 January 1963) is a British film, television, stage and radio actress. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre, and is a familiar face on British television, notably in two series of Doctor Who as companion Martha’s mother Francine Jones, 90 episodes of the BBC’s long-running medical drama Casualty as Staff Nurse (later Sister) Colette Griffiths (née Kierney) and a year in the BBC’s EastEnders. Andoh is the voice of Alexander McCall Smith‘s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; she won “Audio Book of the Year” for Tea Time for the Traditionally Built.

She made her Hollywood debut in autumn 2009 starring as Nelson Mandela‘s Chief of Staff Brenda Mazibuko alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood‘s Invictus.

Career[edit]

Andoh was a member of the BBC‘s Radio Drama Company.[1] Her television credits include Casualty (she played Colette Griffiths (née Kierney) from 2000 until 2003), Jonathan Creek, EastEnders (where she played jazz singer Karen, the lodger of Rachel Kominski in 1991), and The Tomorrow People (where she played Amanda James in the story The Rameses Connection in 1995).

She has appeared in Doctor Who a number of times: in 2006 as Sister Jatt in series 2 episode “New Earth” and as Nurse Albertine in the audio drama Year of the Pig. In 2007, she appeared in several episodes of the third series (“Smith and Jones“, “The Lazarus Experiment“, “42“, “The Sound of Drums“, and “Last of the Time Lords“) as Francine Jones, the mother of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). She reprised her role in the finale of series 4 (“The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End“).

Andoh’s other television work includes playing the head of M.I.9 in Series 3 to Series 5 of M.I. High and D.C.I. Ford in Missing.

She is also known for narrating the audio book versions of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series of detective novels and Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Series trilogy (although not all of the US editions), as well as Julia Jarman‘s children’s books, The Jessame Stories and More Jessame Stories. She is also known for narrating the audio book version of Nnedi Okorafor‘s Lagoon (novel) with Ben Onwukwe.[2], and [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]’s “[Americanah (novel)]. Her career in audio dramas has included the Voice of Planet B in Planet B on BBC Radio 7. In 2004, she was cast in the video game Fable.

Andoh also appeared in Noel Clarke‘s 2008 film Adulthood as the mother of Clarke’s character, Sam Peel.

She can be seen in cinemas as Chief of Staff Brenda Maziubo opposite Morgan Freeman’s Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.[3] The film tells of how Mandela brought the Afrikaner population on side for Project Rainbow Nation through his support and inspiration for the 1995 World Cup-winning South African Springbok rugby union team, and his moving relationship with team captain Francois Pienaar, played by Matt Damon. Andoh describes the filming experience as extremely positive, saying that it was unlike any set she had ever filmed on.[4]

Theatrical work[edit]

Andoh has worked extensively in the theatre. Her credits include His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens and The Revenger’s Tragedy at the National Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire (National Theatre Studio); Tamburlaine and The Odyssey (RSC); Sugar Mummies and Breath Boom (Royal Court); Blood Wedding (Almeida); Nights at the Circus, The Dispute and Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith); Purgatorio (Arcola); The Vagina Monologues (Criterion); Starstruck (Tricycle) and In The Red and Brown Water (Young Vic).

Personal life[edit]

In October 2009 Andoh was licensed as a Reader (a lay preacher) in the Church of England.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1991 London South West Marion
1995 What My Mother Told Me Jesse
2004 Every Time You Look at Me Mrs. Berry
2007 The Shadow in the North Jessie Saxon
2008 Adulthood Mrs Peel
2009 Invictus Brenda Mazibuko
2016 Brotherhood Mrs Peel

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 EastEnders Karen 1 episode, dated 14 November 1991
19922004 The Bill Mrs. Hughes, Diana Holt, Mrs. Baptiste 3 episodes: “A Blind Eye”, “Grey Area”, “236”
1992 Waiting for God Dr. Angela Avery 1 episode: “Sleeping Pills”
1993, 20002003 Casualty Maggie (1 episode, 1993), Colette Kierney/Griffiths 73 episodes
1994 The Brittas Empire Reporter 1 episode: “High Noon”
1995 Health and Efficiency Sister Beth Williams 2 episodes: “The Old Dope Peddler”, “Five Have Plenty of Fun”
The Tomorrow People Amanda Jones 3 episodes
1996 Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson’s… Defence Counsel 1 episode: “Twelve Angry Men”
Testament: The Bible in Animation Ruth 1 episode (Voice)
1997 Peak Practice Dr. Nixon 2 episodes: “Letting Go”, “The Price”
1998 Close Relations April Mini-Series
A Rather English Marriage Mandy Hulme TV movie
1999 Jonathan Creek Anthea Spacey 1 episode: “The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish”
2006 Doctor Who Sister Jatt 1 episode: “New Earth
20072008 Doctor Who Francine Jones 7 episodes: “Smith and Jones“, “The Lazarus Experiment“, “42“, “The Sound of Drums“, “Last of the Time Lords“, “The Stolen Earth“, “Journey’s End
2007 Wire in the Blood Celeste Davies 1 episode: “The Colour of Amber”
20092011 M.I. High Head of MI9 Recurring character
2009 Missing DCI Lauren Ford Recurring character, 3 episodes
2011 Scott & Bailey Janice Guest star
Law & Order: UK Pathologist Recurring character, 3 episode
2012 Julius Caesar Portia TV movie. Made by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the BBC.
2014 Wizards vs. Aliens Old Bethesta The two-part story “Daughters of Stone”.
2015 Broadchurch Julie Recurring character, 1 episode (to date)
2015 Cucumber Marie Recurring character, 2 episodes (to date)
2015-present Thunderbirds Are Go Colonel Casey Recurring character, 7 episodes
2016 Line of Duty Prosecutor 2 episodes: “The Process”, “Snake Pit”
2018 Death in Paradise Celeste Jones 1 episode: “Series 7: Episode 7”

Selected radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Blade of the Poisoner Dorina Carver’s target
2009 Planet B Voice of Planet B Narrator of the series

Victoria Yeates

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Victoria Yeates

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Victoria Yeates
Born Victoria Natalie Yeates
(1983-04-19) April 19, 1983 (age 35)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Occupation Actress

Victoria Natalie Yeates (born April 19, 1983)[1] is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Sister Winifred in the period drama series Call the Midwife. She will appear in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.[2]

Yeates was born and raised in Bournemouth, Dorset and practised ballet dancing as a child. In 2006, she earned a degree in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She began her career on the stage, earning critical praise for her roles in Noël Coward‘s Private Lives, in the Rookery Nook and in Michael McClure‘s The Beard. In 2017, she began touring in a production of Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible.[3][4]

In 2014, she joined the cast of the BBC period drama Call the Midwife as Sister Winifred, a midwife who moves to Poplar, London in the late 1950s to work at Nonnatus House.[3]

She is engaged to musician Paul Housden, with whom she lives in London.[5]

Actress (8 credits)
  Multiplex (Short) (post-production)
Miriam
 2014-2018 Call the Midwife (TV Series)
Sister Winifred

Episode #7.8 (2018) … Sister Winifred
Episode #7.7 (2018) … Sister Winifred
Episode #7.6 (2018) … Sister Winifred
Episode #7.5 (2018) … Sister Winifred
Episode #7.4 (2018) … Sister Winifred
 2017 Magic Hour 4
Charmaine
 2017 The Alarm (Short)
Charmaine
 2011 Scarecrow (Short)
Aida
 2010 Holby City (TV Series)
Sheena Clore

My No.1 Fan (2010) … Sheena Clore
Skipping a Beat (2010) … Sheena Clore
 2010 Lip Service (TV Series)
Janet

Episode #1.3 (2010) … Janet
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 2017 Call the Midwife: The Casebook (TV Movie documentary)
Sister Winifred

 

Kate Fleetwood

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Kate Fleetwood
Born (1972-09-24) 24 September 1972 (age 46)
Cirencester, England
Spouse(s) Rupert Goold
(m. 2001)
Children 2

Kate Fleetwood (born 24 September 1972) is an English actress. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Lady Macbeth in Chichester Festival Theatre‘s Macbeth, which transferred to the West End and Broadway.[1] She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as Julie in London Road at the National Theatre. She is patron of En Masse Theatre,[2] and joint patron of Escape Insight Arts, Stratford-upon-Avon with her husband Rupert.[3]

Fleetwood was raised near Stratford-upon-Avon and is a graduate of Exeter University.[citation needed] She is married to Rupert Goold with whom she has one son and one daughter. She began her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company during her childhood.[4]

Selected credits[edit]

Bryony Hannah

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Bryony Hannah
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Occupation Actress
Television Call the Midwife
Dead Boss

Bryony Hannah (born 1984) is an Olivier Award-nominated English actress, best known as Cynthia Miller in BBC One‘s Call the Midwife.

Personal life[edit]

The daughter of a teacher and a retired Royal Navy lieutenant-commander, Hannah comes from Portsmouth, and after leaving school worked in a pub in Southampton. She was then accepted to RADA, having won a Laurence Olivier Bursary.[1]

In 2014, Hannah gave birth to her first child.[2]

Career[edit]

Hannah has starred in Dead Boss as Christine.[3] She is perhaps best known for her work on Call the Midwife. Her character was introduced as Nurse Cynthia Miller.[4] During the course of the show, Cynthia decided she was being called to a religious life, and she became a nun. Her character currently lives as a nun at Nonnatus house, the same place she worked as a nurse.[5]

She received an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her role as Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour.[6] Her other stage roles include performances in Earthquakes in London, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Pillowman and War Horse.

She provides the voice of Padget, Pando’s carer, in the CBeebies TV series, Bing.

In June 2017, Hannah announced that she was to leave Call The Midwife, and would not participate in Series 7.[citation needed]. Shortly afterwards it was announced that she would star in the posthumous premiere of Olivier Award winner Kevin Elyot‘s final play Twilight Song, alongside Adam Garcia and Paul Higgins.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Cemetery Junction Louise the Waitress Minor role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Unforgotten Cath 4 Episodes
2012 Dead Boss Christine 6 Episodes
2012–2017 Call the Midwife Cynthia Miller / Sister Mary Cynthia 40 Episodes
2012 Above Suspicion: Silent Scream Felicity Turner TV mini-series
2011 Life’s Too Short Brenda Episode 5
2003 Reversals Female Student Minor role, TV movie
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Children’s Hour Mary Tilford[7][8] Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role[6]

Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell

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Emerald Fennell
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Fennell reading from one of her books in 2013
Born Emerald Lilly Fennell
(1985-10-01) 1 October 1985 (age 33)[1]
London, England, UK
Residence London
Occupation Actress, Author
Years active 2008–present
Parent(s) Theo Fennell (jewellery designer) and Louise (née MacGregor), an author[2]

Emerald Lilly Fennell (born 1 October 1985)[3] is a British actress and author. She is best known for her role as Nurse Patsy Mount in the BBC drama series, Call the Midwife.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, Fennell went to Marlborough College. She then studied English at Oxford University where she acted in university plays. There she was spotted by Lindy King of United Agents, who also represents Keira Knightley.[4]

Her sister is Coco Fennell, who is a fashion designer.[5][6]

Actress[edit]

She starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Chickens with Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet. Then she joined the cast of the BBC One series Call the Midwife as Patsy Mount,[7] after dyeing her blonde hair red.[8] She is also known for her film roles in Anna Karenina (2012) and Albert Nobbs (2011).

On 23 October 2018, TVLine revealed that Fennell will play Camilla Parker Bowles on the Netflix series The Crown.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2006 Trial & Retribution Sheena TV series
2010 Mr. Nice Rachel British-Spanish crime-drama film
2010 New Tricks Vicky (Receptionist) TV series
2010 Any Human Heart Lottie TV series; 2 episodes
2011 Albert Nobbs Mrs. Smythe-Willard Film
2011-2013 Chickens Agnes TV series
2012 Anna Karenina Princess Merkalova Film
2013 Blandings Monica Simmons TV series
2013 The Lady Vanishes Odette TV film
2013 Murder on the Home Front Issy Quennell TV film[10]
2013–2017 Call the Midwife Nurse Patsy Mount TV series
2015 The Danish Girl Elsa Film
2015 Pan Commander film
2016 Drifters Lizzie TV Series, she also wrote 2 episodes in Series 4 in 2016 with Jessica Knappett.[11][6]
2017 Victoria Ada Lovelace TV series
2019 The Crown Camilla Parker Bowles TV series

Writer[edit]

In 2008, Fennell was commissioned to write a film script (co-produced by Madeleine Lloyd Webber). Called Chukka, it’s a romantic comedy about a group of teenagers who fight the closure of their school by taking on the rich kids at polo.[4]

Her first novel was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in January 2013: Shiverton Hall, a children’s fantasy.[2][12][13] In December 2012, it was released as an ebook by Bloomsbury USA.[13]

The Creeper, a sequel, was published mid-2014. ISFDB catalogues them as the Shiverton Hall series.[13] It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014. She then released Monsters in September 2015,[14] her first adult horror book.
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Charlotte Ritchie

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Charlotte Ritchie

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Charlotte Ritchie
Born (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 29)
Clapham, London, England, UK
Nationality English
Education University of Bristol
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter
Years active 2004–present

Charlotte Ritchie (born 29 August 1989) is a British actress and singer-songwriter. She is a member of the classical crossover band All Angels.[1][2] She has been a main cast member in Channel 4‘s Fresh Meat and the BBC‘s Siblings. From 2015 to 2018 she was a cast member of the BBC’s Call the Midwife, playing Barbara Gilbert (later Hereward).[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Charlotte Ritchie was educated at James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich, South London and she joined Youth Music Theatre UK and its production of Red Hunter in 2005.[4] She finished a degree in English and Drama at the University of Bristol whilst filming Fresh Meat.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Ritchie played a lead in a short film entitled The Open Doors with Michael Sheen. She appeared as an uncredited extra in the 2005 film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.[8][9] She also featured in The Pierglass at the Young Pleasance Theatre in August 2006 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ritchie was a presenter on Boomerang and performed with All Angels in an episode of Emmerdale.[10] She also played Emily Owen, a neighbour in the BBC’s Life of Riley.

From 2011 to 2016, Ritchie portrayed Oregon in the Channel 4 comedy series Fresh Meat.

She stars alongside Tom Stourton in the BBC Three sitcom Siblings, which was first broadcast in summer 2014 and she appeared as a guest panellist in the same year on 8 Out of 10 Cats.

In 2015 Ritchie joined the cast of popular period drama Call The Midwife. She played Nurse Barbara Gilbert (Hereward) until March 2018 when she decided to leave the show.

She was in the 2016 UK tour of Noel Coward’s Private Lives playing the role of Sibyl Chase in a production that included Tom Chambers.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Open Doors Vera[11]
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Student in Defence Against the Dark Arts Class[8][9] Uncredited extra
2009 Life of Riley Emily Owen[12][13]
2011–2016 Fresh Meat Melissa “Oregon” Shawcross[14] Main cast
30 episodes
2012 Doctors Becky Foley 2 episodes
2013 Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny and Jolene) Jolene[15]
2014 The Portrait Eva Burrell[16]
2014–2016 Siblings Hannah Main cast
2014–2016 Dreamfall Chapters Zoë Castillo Main cast
Episodic video game
2014 This Thing Called Love Alice Barber[17]
2015–2018 Call the Midwife Nurse Barbara Gilbert Main Cast (Series 4-7)
2016 Raised by Wolves Ruby 3 episodes
2016 Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man for Sport Relief Narrator
2016 Time Traveller’s Support Group Lina