Fitzgerald in 2016
|Born||Lorna Katie Fitzgerald
(1996-04-17) 17 April 1996
In November 2009, Fitzgerald was involved in a charity project in Northampton called Talking With Hands, a charity for people with hearing impairments and deafness. The project featured on ITV’s Anglia News, alongside deaf actor Alex Nowak, and Fitzgerald helped with this project.
Fitzgerald has appeared in the Casualty episode “Animals“, and a short film called Big Girl, Little Girl. She also appeared in the ITV drama The Golden Hour, as well as playing Sarah Lancashire‘s daughter Jade Cannings in Cherished, and Young Bex in According to Bex. She has appeared in adverts for Childline and Nescafe.
After attending acting classes, Fitzgerald joined the Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in Stony Stratford, and Derngate Theatre School. Her agent put her forward for a role in BBC One soap opera EastEnders, and after attending three auditions she was cast as Abi Branning. She made her first appearance as Abi in July 2006. On 10 September 2017, it was announced that Fitzgerald would be leaving the role after almost 12 years, with her exit airing on 19 January 2018.
Fitzgerald made her professional stage debut in February 2018, starring as Jackie Dimmock in the world premiere of Howard Brenton‘s The Shadow Factory in Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. She won acclaim for her debut performance and was shortlisted in the nominations for ‘Best actress in a Play’ at The Stage Debut Awards.  Fitzgerald has been cast in the role of Eve Douglas in the regional premiere of Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz at Salisbury Playhouse in October 2018.
|2018||The Shadow Factory||Jackie Dimmock||Nuffield Southampton Theatre|
|2018||Her Naked Skin||Eve Douglas||Salisbury Playhouse|
Awards and Nominations
|2010||Inside Soap Awards||Best Young Actor||EastEnders||Shortlisted|
|2012||British Soap Awards||Best Young Performance||Won|
|2014||Radio 1 Teen Awards||Best British Actor||Won|
|2015||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bad Girl||Longlisted|
|2017||Inside Soap Awards||Best Partnership (with Aaron Sidwell)||Longlisted|
|2017||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bad Girl ||Shortlisted|
|2018||Inside Soap Awards||Best Exit ||Longlisted|
|2018||The Stage Debut Awards||Best Actress in a Play ||The Shadow Factory||Shortlisted|