FREEMA AGYEMAN

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Sense8 (2015) and Law & Order: UK (2009).
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Actress (20 credits)
 2018 Bellevue (TV Movie) (pre-production)
Dr. Hana Sharpe
 2015-2018 Sense8 (TV Series)
Amanita Caplan

Sense8 Finale Special (2018) … Amanita Caplan
You Want a War? (2017) … Amanita Caplan
What Family Actually Means (2017) … Amanita Caplan
All I Want Right Now Is One More Bullet (2017) … Amanita Caplan
Self (29 credits)
 2017 Panorama (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Narrator

When Kids Abuse Kids (2017) … Herself – Narrator (voice)
 2017 #HappyBirthdaySense8 (Short)
Herself
 2008-2017 Breakfast (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 11 July 2017 (2017) … Herself
Episode dated 4 July 2008 (2008) … Herself
Episode dated 2 May 2008 (2008) … Herself
 2015 Sense8: Creating the World (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2013 Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (TV Special documentary)
Herself (uncredited)
 2013 Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herself

The Tenth Doctor (2013) … Herself
 2013 Doctor Who: The Companions (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2012 Doctor Who in America (Documentary)
Herself
 2008-2010 Bizarre E.R. (TV Series)
Herself – Narrator

Episode #3.12 (2010) … Herself – Narrator (voice)
Episode #3.11 (2010) … Herself – Narrator (voice)
Episode #3.10 (2010) … Herself – Narrator (voice)
Episode #3.9 (2010) … Herself – Narrator (voice)
Episode #3.8 (2010) … Herself – Narrator (voice)
 2010 The British Academy Television Awards (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2009 Doctor Who Greatest Moments (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herself / Herself – Martha Jones

Martha (2009) … Herself
The Enemies (2009) … Herself
The Companions (2009) … Herself
The Doctor (2009) … Herself – Martha Jones
 2009 The New Paul O’Grady Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #10.24 (2009) … Herself
 2009 This Morning (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 2 March 2009 (2009) … Herself
 2009 Little Dorrit: An Insight (Video documentary short)
Herself – ‘Tattycoram’
 2009 Doctor Who at the Proms (TV Movie)
Herself – Presenter
 2007-2008 Doctor Who Confidential (TV Series documentary)
Herself

End of an Era (2008) … Herself
Sins of the Fathers (2008) … Herself
Send in the Clones (2008) … Herself
The Valiant Quest (2007) … Herself
The Saxon Mystery (2007) … Herself
 2008 BBC Six O’Clock News (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 4 July 2008 (2008) … Herself
 2008 GMTV (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 27 June 2008 (2008) … Herself
 2008 Blue Peter (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 24 June 2008 (2008) … Herself
 2008 The Friday Night Project (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #6.2 (2008) … Herself
 2008 Torchwood Declassified (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Death Defying (2008) … Herself
Animal Pharm (2008) … Herself
 2007 The Omid Djalili Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.3 (2007) … Herself
 2007 The National Television Awards 2007 (TV Special)
Herself
 2007 Totally Doctor Who (TV Series documentary)
Martha Jones / Herself

Episode #2.12 (2007) … Martha Jones (voice)
Episode #2.11 (2007) … Herself / Martha Jones (voice)
Episode #2.10 (2007) … Martha Jones (voice)
Episode #2.9 (2007) … Herself / Martha Jones (voice)
Episode #2.8 (2007) … Herself / Martha Jones
 2007 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #12.9 (2007) … Herself
 2006 Children in Need (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.27 (2006) … Herself
 2006 MOBO Awards 2006 (TV Special)
Herself
 2006 The One Show (TV Series)
Herself – Interviewee

Episode #1.1 (2006) … Herself – Interviewee
 2017 Eat Locals
Angel
 2015 North v South
Penny
 2013-2015 Old Jack’s Boat (TV Series)
Shelly Periwinkle

Storm in a Teacup (2015) … Shelly Periwinkle
The Christmas Quest (2013) … Shelly Periwinkle
The Lucky Dip (2013) … Shelly Periwinkle
The Delivery (2013) … Shelly Periwinkle
The Viking’s Helmet (2013) … Shelly Periwinkle
 2013-2014 The Carrie Diaries (TV Series)
Larissa Loughlin

Run to You (2014) … Larissa Loughlin
This Is the Time (2014) … Larissa Loughlin
Hungry Like the Wolf (2014) … Larissa Loughlin
Date Expectations (2014) … Larissa Loughlin
Under Pressure (2014) … Larissa Loughlin
 2013 Rubenesque (TV Movie)
Trudy
 2009-2011 Law & Order: UK (TV Series)
Alesha Phillips

Fault Lines (2011) … Alesha Phillips
Dawn Till Dusk (2011) … Alesha Phillips
Line Up (2011) … Alesha Phillips
Trial (2011) … Alesha Phillips
Haunted (2011) … Alesha Phillips
 2006-2010 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Martha Jones / Martha Smith-Jones / Adeola

The End of Time: Part Two (2010) … Martha Smith-Jones
Journey’s End (2008) … Martha Jones
The Stolen Earth (2008) … Martha Jones
The Doctor’s Daughter (2008) … Martha Jones
The Poison Sky (2008) … Martha Jones
 2008 Survivors (TV Series)
Jenny Walsh

Episode #1.5 (2008) … Jenny Walsh
Episode #1.1 (2008) … Jenny Walsh
 2008 Little Dorrit (TV Mini-Series)
Tattycoram

Episode #1.14 (2008) … Tattycoram
Episode #1.13 (2008) … Tattycoram
Episode #1.10 (2008) … Tattycoram
Episode #1.8 (2008) … Tattycoram
Episode #1.6 (2008) … Tattycoram
 2008 Torchwood (TV Series)
Martha Jones

A Day in the Death (2008) … Martha Jones
Dead Man Walking (2008) … Martha Jones
Reset (2008) … Martha Jones
 2007 Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (TV Movie)
Martha Jones (voice)
 2006 Rulers and Dealers
Nana
 2004-2006 The Bill (TV Series)
Shakira Washington / Jenna Carter

389: Condiction: Critical – Part 2 (2006) … Shakira Washington
388: Condition: Critical – Part 1 (2006) … Shakira Washington
232: Bite the Bullet – Part 1 (2004) … Jenna Carter (as Freema Ageyman)
 2005 Silent Witness (TV Series)
Mary Ogden

Choices: Part 1 (2005) … Mary Ogden
 2005 Mile High (TV Series)
Girl 1

Episode #2.26 (2005) … Girl 1
 2004 Casualty (TV Series)
Kate Hindley

Casualty @ Holby City: Part One (2004) … Kate Hindley
 2004 Aisha the American (Short)
Shaheen
 2001 Crossroads (TV Series)
Lola Wise (2003)
Archive footage (12 credits)
 2017 Happy Pride! Sexy LGBT Stars (Video short)
#27 – Sense8
 2007-2017 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Martha Jones

The Doctor Falls (2017) … Martha Jones (uncredited)
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013) … Martha Jones (uncredited)
Let’s Kill Hitler (2011) … Martha Jones (uncredited)
The End of Time: Part One (2009) … Martha Jones (uncredited)
Time Crash (2007) … Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2014 Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (TV Movie)
Martha Smith-Jones
 2012 Doctor Who in the U.S. (TV Movie documentary)
Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2012 The Destinations of Doctor Who (TV Movie documentary)
Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2012 The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who (TV Movie documentary)
Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2012 The Women of Doctor Who (TV Movie documentary)
Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2010 Meanwhile, in the TARDIS: Part 2 (Video)
Martha Jones
 2009-2010 Doctor Who Confidential (TV Series documentary)
Martha Jones

Allons-y! (2010) … Martha Jones
Is There Life on Mars? (2009) … Martha Jones
The Eleventh Doctor (2009) … Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2009 Almost Famous II (TV Movie documentary)
 2007 The Big Finish (TV Movie)
Martha Jones (uncredited)
 2007 Parkinson (TV Series)
Martha Jones

Episode dated 5 May 2007 (2007) … Martha Jones (uncredited
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Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman
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Agyeman in September 2012
Born Frema Agyeman
(1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 38)[1]
London, England
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present

Freema Agyeman (/ˈfrmə ˈɑːəmən/;[2] born Frema Agyeman; 20 March 1979) is an English actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood, and Amanita Caplan in the Netflix science fiction drama Sense8.

Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in the BBC programme Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW‘s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine. Other television appearances include Old Jack’s Boat, Silent Witness, and Survivors. Agyeman also appeared as Penny in the 2015 film North v South.

Early life[edit]

Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was a child. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic.[3] Although her mother is Muslim and her father Methodist, Agyeman grew up to be a practising Roman Catholic.[4] Agyeman attended Our Lady’s Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University, graduating in 2000.[3]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

When Agyeman began her professional acting career, she chose to use a different spelling of her birth name, Frema, as her professional name, to avoid pronunciation problems.[5]

Before securing the part of Martha Jones, Agyeman’s most famous television role was playing Lola Wise in the revived series of ITV soap opera Crossroads. She also had small guest roles in other TV series such as Casualty, Mile High and The Bill, in which she appeared on two occasions as two separate characters. In 2005, Agyeman played Mary Ogden, a scene of crime officer, in an episode of Silent Witness.

Agyeman starred as Nana in the independent film Rulers and Dealers, written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson.[6]

Doctor Who (2006–2010)[edit]

Agyeman auditioned for three roles in the 2006 series of Doctor Who. On 24 June 2005, she auditioned for the part of Sally Jacobs in “The Christmas Invasion“, but the role went to Anita Briem, who better fitted the production team’s concept of the character as an “ice cool blonde”.[7] Agyeman later auditioned for the roles of Esme and Adeola Oshodi, in the “Rise of the Cybermen“/”The Age of Steel” and “Army of Ghosts“, respectively. Esme was ultimately cut from the final script,[8] but Agyeman was successful in her audition for Adeola. She filmed her role in the series in December 2005[citation needed] and appeared on screen as Adeola on 1 July 2006. Agyeman studied dance and practiced horseback riding, martial arts and gymnastics, a fact that the producers exploited in order to provide her with more physically arduous action scenes.[9]

“When we cast the character of Adeola, I met Freema [Agyeman] for this part—actually, I met her for two parts—and when I met her, as soon as she walked through the door, I knew she was going to be quite exceptional. When she walked in, I thought I was looking at Halle Berry English-style…”

Graeme Harper[10]

The production team were impressed by the versatility shown by Agyeman across her three auditions and called her back as a serious candidate for the new companion. She attended another audition (ostensibly for an episode of Torchwood)[7] before a final screen-test with Tenth Doctor actor, David Tennant. Tennant left a reassuring note under the door of Agyeman’s hotel room, and this helped calm any nerves the actress had.[11] Following extensive speculation on who would replace Billie Piper, Agyeman was confirmed to the press as new companion Martha Jones on 5 July 2006.[12]

“I’d like to think that there will be more for Martha Jones, because Doctor Who has been one of the biggest experiences of my life, both in terms of my career and in terms of how it has changed my life over the last two years. I dare say a great number of people will always associate me with Martha, and that really makes me smile. It means that she lives on. That’s so flattering. It’s an honour. I’d love to do more with her, definitely…”

—Freema Agyeman, July 2008[13]

Agyeman began filming for the third series in August 2006 and finished in March 2007. She made her screen debut as Martha on 31 March 2007 in the episode “Smith and Jones“.[14] A line of dialogue explains that Adeola was Martha’s cousin. Agyeman continued to portray the character Martha throughout every episode of the 2007 series. Agyeman returned as Martha in series 4 for five episodes. Following the final episode of the fourth series, Agyeman stated that she would be open to reprising the role.[13] She later returned to the series along with several other former cast members to mark David Tennant’s final appearance in The End of Time. Concurrent with her appearance on the show, Agyeman read abridged audiobook adaptations of five of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels featuring Martha, namely The Last Dodo,[15] Wetworld,[16] The Pirate Loop,[17] Martha in the Mirror[18] and The Story of Martha.[19]

In between series three and series four of Doctor Who, Agyeman appeared in three episodes of series 2 of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood,[20] namely “Reset“, “Dead Man Walking” and “A Day in the Death“. She also had a starring role in the Torchwood radio play, Lost Souls, broadcast on BBC Radio Four on 10 September 2008 to promote the turning on of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility.[21] It was later revealed by Torchwood: Children of Earth director Euros Lyn that the production team had intended for Agyeman to appear in that production, but she was already committed to Law & Order: UK.[22] In a video interview conducted at the Law and Order: UK press launch, Agyeman does not rule out a return to Torchwood, stating that “it’s always a possibility.”[23] Torchwood creator and head writer Russell T. Davies, also responsible for Doctor Who, subsequently affirmed that he would be open to casting Agyeman in a future series of Torchwood.[24]

2008–present[edit]

Agyeman appeared several times on The Bedtime Hour on CBeebies reading the story broadcast shortly before 7.00pm. She narrated the first series of BBC Three‘s hospital documentary series Bizarre ER which ran from 14 February 2008[25] to 3 April 2008 and[26] also provided the narration for a second series which began airing on Tuesday 21 April 2009.[27] Agyeman hosted a Doctor Who-themed portion of the BBC Proms on 27 July.[28] A one-hour cut-down version of the prom made its TV début on BBC1, New Year’s Day, 2009.

On 25 April 2008, Agyeman appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show. She made another appearance on the show on 26 March 2009.

Agyeman played foundling girl Tattycoram in the Emmy Award winning 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles DickensLittle Dorrit, which began on 26 October 2008, starring alongside her fellow Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Ruth Jones.[29] Some of Agyeman’s scenes for the first episode were shot in the grounds of Deal Castle, Kent, which doubled for Marseille, France.[30] Agyeman was delighted to have appeared in Little Dorrit, as it had always been a dream of hers to appear in a period drama.[31] In 2008 Agyeman also appeared in Survivors, a BBC 1 remake of the cult 1970s TV series, as Jenny Walsh (surname originally reported to be Collins), although her character was killed off in the first episode in a shock twist despite featuring prominently in promotional materials for the series.[32][33] Between 2009 and 2012, Agyeman starred as Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK, a UK adaptation and spin-off from the US Law & Order franchise.[34] Agyeman is a self-professed “massive fan” of the original Law & Order series, especially Seasons 3 and 4. In preparation for the role, Agyeman sat in on live trials, toured the Old Bailey, and conferred with her law-degree holding sister, Leila: “She’s great and really patient at explaining things to laymen, because I was coming at it completely blind. She’s been a good source.”[35] She remained with the programme for its first six series departing the cast before the seventh series due to other filming commitments.[36]

In March 2012, it was announced that Agyeman would play Larissa, “an easy-going party girl who works at Interview magazine” in the pilot of Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries.[37] In early 2013, she starred in the Cbeebies television series Old Jack’s Boat as Shelley.[38]

Agyeman appears in the Netflix series Sense8, released in June 2015, created by J. Michael Straczynski and Lilly and Lana Wachowski. She is a series regular and plays Amanita, the girlfriend of Nomi, a sensate.[39][40]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In June 2007, Agyeman was named “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 “Glamour Women of the Year Awards”.[41] The same year she won the 2007 People’s Choice category for “Female TV Star” in the 5th annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, held on 15 October 2007 at the Hilton Metropole in London.[42]

The Observer had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a “face of 2007”.[43]

Nominations[edit]

In 2003, Agyeman was nominated in two categories in the British Soap Awards for her role as Lola Wise in Crossroads, as “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female”.[44]

In 2007, Agyeman was one of the top four nominations for best actress in the National Television Awards, for playing Martha Jones in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She was also nominated for Best Actress in the TV Quick Awards the same year for her role in Doctor Who.[45]

Agyeman was also longlisted for the 2010 National Television Awards for best dramatic performance for her role as Crown Prosecutor, Alesha Phillips.

In 2009, Agyeman was also nominated for Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).[46]

Activism[edit]

Agyeman endorses Divine Chocolate, a fairtrade corporation that works with Ghanaian cocoa farmers.[47]

Personal life[edit]

The tattoo Agyeman has on her upper arm is symbolic of her ancestry, containing the Persian word “raha”, meaning “free”, under an image of a butterfly.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aisha the American Shaheen Short film
2006 Rulers and Dealers Nana
2015 North v South Pennyars

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Crossroads Lola Wise Unknown episodes
2004 Bill, TheThe Bill Jenna Carter Episode: “Episode 232”
2004 Casualty@Holby City Kate Hindley Episode: “Casualty@Holby City: Part One”
2005 Mile High Girl #1 Series 2, episode 26
2005 Silent Witness Mary Ogden Episode: “Choices: Part 1”
2006 Bill, TheThe Bill Shakira Washington 2 episodes
2006 Doctor Who Adeola Oshodi Episode: “Army of Ghosts
2007 Doctor Who Martha Jones Main cast (series 3–4); 19 episodes
2007–08 Doctor Who Confidential Herself 13 episodes
2007 Totally Doctor Who Herself 7 episodes
2007 Infinite Quest, TheThe Infinite Quest Martha Jones (voice) 13 episodes
2007 Omid Djalili Show, TheThe Omid Djalili Show Herself Series 1, episode 3
2008 Torchwood Martha Jones 3 episodes
2008–2010 Bizarre ER Herself Narrator (series 1–3); 30 episodes
2008 Torchwood Declassified Herself 2 episodes
2008 Little Dorrit Tattycoram Miniseries; 8 episodes
2008 Survivors Jenny Walsh 2 episodes
2009–12 Law & Order: UK Alesha Phillips Main cast (series 1–6); 39 episodes
2013–14 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Larissa Loughlin Main cast; 22 episodes
2013-15 Old Jack’s Boat Shelly Periwinkle Main cast (series 1); 12 episodes
2013 Rubenesque Trudy One-off drama
2015–present Sense8 Amanita Caplan Main cast

Audio and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Last Dodo, TheThe Last Dodo Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Wetworld Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Pirate Loop, TheThe Pirate Loop Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Martha in the Mirror Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Lost Souls Martha Jones Full cast audio drama
2008 Story of Martha, TheThe Story of Martha Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2014 Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama Ellen Townsend

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 When Snow Falls[49] T By Chris Elwell
2001 Twisted Roots[50][51] Anya Starr By Emily Nightingale
2002 Lords and Ladies[52] Various roles Originally by Terry Pratchett
2008 Doctor Who Prom Host Musical celebration, 27 July 2008

Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Freema Agyeman
Freema Agyeman 2012 (cropped).jpg

Agyeman in September 2012
Born Frema Agyeman
(1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 37)[1]
London, England
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present

Freema Agyeman (/ˈfrmə ˈɑːəmən/;[2] born Frema Agyeman; 20 March 1979) is an English actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood, and Amanita Caplan in the Netflix science fiction drama Sense8.

Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in the BBC programme Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW‘s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine. Other television appearances include Old Jack’s Boat, Silent Witness, and Survivors. Agyeman also appeared as Penny in the 2015 film North v South.

Early life[edit]

Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was a child. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic.[3] Although her mother is Muslim and her father Methodist, Agyeman grew up to be a practising Roman Catholic.[4] Agyeman attended Our Lady’s Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University, graduating in 2000.[3]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

When Agyeman began her professional acting career, she chose to use a different spelling of her birth name, Frema, as her professional name, to avoid pronunciation problems.[5]

Before securing the part of Martha Jones, Agyeman’s most famous television role was playing Lola Wise in the revived series of ITV soap opera Crossroads. She also had small guest roles in other TV series such as Casualty, Mile High and The Bill, in which she appeared on two occasions as two separate characters. In 2005, Agyeman played Mary Ogden, a scene of crime officer, in an episode of Silent Witness.

Agyeman starred as Nana in the independent film Rulers and Dealers, written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson.[6]

Doctor Who (2006–2010)[edit]

Agyeman auditioned for three roles in the 2006 series of Doctor Who. On 24 June 2005, she auditioned for the part of Sally Jacobs in “The Christmas Invasion“, but the role went to Anita Briem, who better fitted the production team’s concept of the character as an “ice cool blonde”.[7] Agyeman later auditioned for the roles of Esme and Adeola Oshodi, in the “Rise of the Cybermen“/”The Age of Steel” and “Army of Ghosts“, respectively. Esme was ultimately cut from the final script,[8] but Agyeman was successful in her audition for Adeola. She filmed her role in the series in December 2005[citation needed] and appeared on screen as Adeola on 1 July 2006. Agyeman studied dance and practiced horseback riding, martial arts and gymnastics, a fact that the producers exploited in order to provide her with more physically arduous action scenes.[9]

“When we cast the character of Adeola, I met Freema [Agyeman] for this part—actually, I met her for two parts—and when I met her, as soon as she walked through the door, I knew she was going to be quite exceptional. When she walked in, I thought I was looking at Halle Berry English-style…”

Graeme Harper[10]

The production team were impressed by the versatility shown by Agyeman across her three auditions and called her back as a serious candidate for the new companion. She attended another audition (ostensibly for an episode of Torchwood)[7] before a final screen-test with Tenth Doctor actor, David Tennant. Tennant left a reassuring note under the door of Agyeman’s hotel room, and this helped calm any nerves the actress had.[11] Following extensive speculation on who would replace Billie Piper, Agyeman was confirmed to the press as new companion Martha Jones on 5 July 2006.[12]

“I’d like to think that there will be more for Martha Jones, because Doctor Who has been one of the biggest experiences of my life, both in terms of my career and in terms of how it has changed my life over the last two years. I dare say a great number of people will always associate me with Martha, and that really makes me smile. It means that she lives on. That’s so flattering. It’s an honour. I’d love to do more with her, definitely…”

—Freema Agyeman, July 2008[13]

Agyeman began filming for the third series in August 2006 and finished in March 2007. She made her screen debut as Martha on 31 March 2007 in the episode “Smith and Jones“.[14] A line of dialogue explains that Adeola was Martha’s cousin. Agyeman continued to portray the character Martha throughout every episode of the 2007 series. Agyeman returned as Martha in series 4 for five episodes. Following the final episode of the fourth series, Agyeman stated that she would be open to reprising the role.[13] She later returned to the series along with several other former cast members to mark David Tennant’s final appearance in The End of Time. Concurrent with her appearance on the show, Agyeman read abridged audiobook adaptations of five of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels featuring Martha, namely The Last Dodo,[15] Wetworld,[16] The Pirate Loop,[17] Martha in the Mirror[18] and The Story of Martha.[19]

In between series three and series four of Doctor Who, Agyeman appeared in three episodes of series 2 of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood,[20] namely “Reset“, “Dead Man Walking” and “A Day in the Death“. She also had a starring role in the Torchwood radio play, Lost Souls, broadcast on BBC Radio Four on 10 September 2008 to promote the turning on of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility.[21] It was later revealed by Torchwood: Children of Earth director Euros Lyn that the production team had intended for Agyeman to appear in that production, but she was already committed to Law & Order: UK.[22] In a video interview conducted at the Law and Order: UK press launch, Agyeman does not rule out a return to Torchwood, stating that “it’s always a possibility.”[23] Torchwood creator and head writer Russell T. Davies, also responsible for Doctor Who, subsequently affirmed that he would be open to casting Agyeman in a future series of Torchwood.[24]

2008–present[edit]

Agyeman appeared several times on The Bedtime Hour on CBeebies reading the story broadcast shortly before 7.00pm. She narrated the first series of BBC Three‘s hospital documentary series Bizarre ER which ran from 14 February 2008[25] to 3 April 2008 and[26] also provided the narration for a second series which began airing on Tuesday 21 April 2009.[27] Agyeman hosted a Doctor Who-themed portion of the BBC Proms on 27 July.[28] A one-hour cut-down version of the prom made its TV début on BBC1, New Year’s Day, 2009.

On 25 April 2008, Agyeman appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show. She made another appearance on the show on 26 March 2009.

Agyeman played foundling girl Tattycoram in the Emmy Award winning 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles DickensLittle Dorrit, which began on 26 October 2008, starring alongside her fellow Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Ruth Jones.[29] Some of Agyeman’s scenes for the first episode were shot in the grounds of Deal Castle, Kent, which doubled for Marseille, France.[30] Agyeman was delighted to have appeared in Little Dorrit, as it had always been a dream of hers to appear in a period drama.[31] In 2008 Agyeman also appeared in Survivors, a BBC 1 remake of the cult 1970s TV series, as Jenny Walsh (surname originally reported to be Collins), although her character was killed off in the first episode in a shock twist despite featuring prominently in promotional materials for the series.[32][33] Between 2009 and 2012, Agyeman starred as Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK, a UK adaptation and spin-off from the US Law & Order franchise.[34] Agyeman is a self-professed “massive fan” of the original Law & Order series, especially Seasons 3 and 4. In preparation for the role, Agyeman sat in on live trials, toured the Old Bailey, and conferred with her law-degree holding sister, Leila: “She’s great and really patient at explaining things to laymen, because I was coming at it completely blind. She’s been a good source.”[35] She remained with the programme for its first six series departing the cast before the seventh series due to other filming commitments.[36]

In March 2012, it was announced that Agyeman would play Larissa, “an easy-going party girl who works at Interview magazine” in the pilot of Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries.[37] In early 2013, she starred in the Cbeebies television series Old Jack’s Boat as Shelley.[38]

Agyeman appears in the Netflix series Sense8, released in June 2015, created by J. Michael Straczynski and Lilly and Lana Wachowski. She is a series regular and plays Amanita, the girlfriend of Nomi, a sensate.[39][40]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In June 2007, Agyeman was named “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 “Glamour Women of the Year Awards”.[41] The same year she won the 2007 People’s Choice category for “Female TV Star” in the 5th annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, held on 15 October 2007 at the Hilton Metropole in London.[42]

The Observer had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a “face of 2007”.[43]

Nominations[edit]

In 2003, Agyeman was nominated in two categories in the British Soap Awards for her role as Lola Wise in Crossroads, as “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female”.[44]

In 2007, Agyeman was one of the top four nominations for best actress in the National Television Awards, for playing Martha Jones in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She was also nominated for Best Actress in the TV Quick Awards the same year for her role in Doctor Who.[45]

Agyeman was also longlisted for the 2010 National Television Awards for best dramatic performance for her role as Crown Prosecutor, Alesha Phillips.

In 2009, Agyeman was also nominated for Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).[46]

Activism[edit]

Agyeman endorses Divine Chocolate, a fairtrade corporation that works with Ghanaian cocoa farmers.[47]

Personal life[edit]

The tattoo Agyeman has on her upper arm is symbolic of her ancestry, containing the Persian word “raha”, meaning “free”, under an image of a butterfly.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aisha the American Shaheen Short film
2006 Rulers and Dealers Nana
2015 North v South Pennyars

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Crossroads Lola Wise Unknown episodes
2004 Bill, TheThe Bill Jenna Carter Episode: “Episode 232”
2004 Casualty@Holby City Kate Hindley Episode: “Casualty@Holby City: Part One”
2005 Mile High Girl #1 Series 2, episode 26
2005 Silent Witness Mary Ogden Episode: “Choices: Part 1”
2006 Bill, TheThe Bill Shakira Washington 2 episodes
2006 Doctor Who Adeola Oshodi Episode: “Army of Ghosts
2007–10 Doctor Who Martha Jones Main cast (series 3–4); 19 episodes
2007–08 Doctor Who Confidential Herself 13 episodes
2007 Totally Doctor Who Herself 7 episodes
2007 Infinite Quest, TheThe Infinite Quest Martha Jones (voice) 13 episodes
2007 Omid Djalili Show, TheThe Omid Djalili Show Herself Series 1, episode 3
2008 Torchwood Martha Jones 3 episodes
2008–2010 Bizarre ER Herself Narrator (series 1–3); 30 episodes
2008 Torchwood Declassified Herself 2 episodes
2008 Little Dorrit Tattycoram Miniseries; 8 episodes
2008 Survivors Jenny Walsh 2 episodes
2009–12 Law & Order: UK Alesha Phillips Main cast (series 1–6); 39 episodes
2013–14 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Larissa Loughlin Main cast; 22 episodes
2013-15 Old Jack’s Boat Shelly Periwinkle Main cast (series 1); 12 episodes
2013 Rubenesque Trudy One-off drama
2015–present Sense8 Amanita Caplan Main cast

Audio and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Last Dodo, TheThe Last Dodo Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Wetworld Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Pirate Loop, TheThe Pirate Loop Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Martha in the Mirror Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Lost Souls Martha Jones Full cast audio drama
2008 Story of Martha, TheThe Story of Martha Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2014 Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama Ellen Townsend

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 When Snow Falls[49] T By Chris Elwell
2001 Twisted Roots[50][51] Anya Starr By Emily Nightingale
2002 Lords and Ladies[52] Various roles Originally by Terry Pratchett
2008 Doctor Who Prom Host Musical celebration, 27 July 2008

Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman
Freema Agyeman 2007.jpg

Agyeman at the premiere of Doctor Who Series 3, March 2007
Born Frema Agyeman
(1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 37)[1]
London, England
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present
Notable work Doctor Who as Martha Jones (2007–08, 2010)
Old Jack’s Boat as Shelly Penniwickle (2013)
Sense8 as Amanita (2015–)
North v South as Penny (2015)

Freema Agyeman (/ˈfrmə ˈɑːəmən/;[2] born Frema Agyeman, Persian: فریما اگیمن‎‎; 20 March 1979) is a British actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood. Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in BBC programme Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW‘s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine. Other television appearances include Old Jack’s Boat, Silent Witness, Survivors and the Netflix drama Sense8. Agyeman also appeared as Penny in the 2015 film North v South.

Early life[edit]

Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was a child. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic.[3] Although her mother is Muslim and her father Methodist, Agyeman grew up to be a practising Roman Catholic.[4] Agyeman attended Our Lady’s Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University, graduating in 2000.[3]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

When Agyeman began her professional acting career, she chose to use a different spelling of her birth name, Frema, as her professional name, to avoid pronunciation problems.[5]

Before securing the part of Martha Jones, Agyeman’s most famous television role was playing Lola Wise in the revived series of ITV soap opera Crossroads. She also had small guest roles in other TV series such as Casualty, Mile High and The Bill, in which she appeared on two occasions as two separate characters. In 2005, Agyeman played Mary Ogden, a scene of crime officer, in an episode of Silent Witness.

Agyeman starred as Nana in the independent film Rulers and Dealers, written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson.[6]

Doctor Who (2005–2010)[edit]

Agyeman auditioned for three roles in the 2006 series of Doctor Who. On 24 June 2005, she auditioned for the part of Sally Jacobs in “The Christmas Invasion“, but the role went to Anita Briem, who better fitted the production team’s concept of the character as an “ice cool blonde”.[7] Agyeman later auditioned for the roles of Esme and Adeola Oshodi, in the “Rise of the Cybermen“/”The Age of Steel” and “Army of Ghosts“, respectively. Esme was ultimately cut from the final script,[8] but Agyeman was successful in her audition for Adeola. She filmed her role in the series in December 2005[citation needed] and appeared on screen as Adeola on 1 July 2006. Agyeman studied dance and practiced horseback riding, martial arts and gymnastics, a fact that the producers exploited in order to provide her with more physically arduous action scenes.[9]

“When we cast the character of Adeola, I met Freema [Agyeman] for this part—actually, I met her for two parts—and when I met her, as soon as she walked through the door, I knew she was going to be quite exceptional. When she walked in, I thought I was looking at Halle Berry English-style…”

Graeme Harper[10]

The production team were impressed by the versatility shown by Agyeman across her three auditions and called her back as a serious candidate for the new companion. She attended another audition (ostensibly for an episode of Torchwood)[7] before a final screen-test with Tenth Doctor actor, David Tennant. Tennant left a reassuring note under the door of Agyeman’s hotel room, and this helped calm any nerves the actress had.[11] Following extensive speculation on who would replace Billie Piper, Agyeman was confirmed to the press as new companion Martha Jones on 5 July 2006.[12]

“I’d like to think that there will be more for Martha Jones, because Doctor Who has been one of the biggest experiences of my life, both in terms of my career and in terms of how it has changed my life over the last two years. I dare say a great number of people will always associate me with Martha, and that really makes me smile. It means that she lives on. That’s so flattering. It’s an honour. I’d love to do more with her, definitely…”

—Freema Agyeman, July 2008[13]

Agyeman began filming for the third series in August 2006 and finished in March 2007. She made her screen debut as Martha on 31 March 2007 in the episode “Smith and Jones“.[14] A line of dialogue explains that Adeola was Martha’s cousin. Agyeman continued to portray the character Martha throughout every episode of the 2007 series. Agyeman returned as Martha in series 4 for five episodes. Following the final episode of the fourth series, Agyeman stated that she would be open to reprising the role.[13] She later returned to the series along with several other former cast members to mark David Tennant’s final appearance in The End of Time. Concurrent with her appearance on the show, Agyeman read abridged audiobook adaptations of five of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels featuring Martha, namely The Last Dodo,[15] Wetworld,[16] The Pirate Loop,[17] Martha in the Mirror[18] and The Story of Martha.[19]

In between series three and series four of Doctor Who, Agyeman appeared in three episodes of series 2 of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood,[20] namely “Reset“, “Dead Man Walking” and “A Day in the Death“. She also had a starring role in the Torchwood radio play, Lost Souls, broadcast on BBC Radio Four on 10 September 2008 to promote the turning on of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility.[21] It was later revealed by Torchwood: Children of Earth director Euros Lyn that the production team had intended for Agyeman to appear in that production, but she was already committed to Law & Order: UK.[22] In a video interview conducted at the Law and Order: UK press launch, Agyeman does not rule out a return to Torchwood, stating that “it’s always a possibility.”[23] Torchwood creator and head writer Russell T. Davies, also responsible for Doctor Who, subsequently affirmed that he would be open to casting Agyeman in a future series of Torchwood.[24]

2008–present[edit]

Agyeman appeared several times on The Bedtime Hour on CBeebies reading the story broadcast shortly before 7.00pm. She narrated the first series of BBC Three‘s hospital documentary series Bizarre ER which ran from 14 February 2008[25] to 3 April 2008 and[26] also provided the narration for a second series which began airing on Tuesday 21 April 2009.[27] Agyeman hosted a Doctor Who-themed portion of the BBC Proms on 27 July.[28] A one-hour cut-down version of the prom made its TV début on BBC1, New Year’s Day, 2009.

On 25 April 2008, Agyeman appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show. She made another appearance on the show on 26 March 2009.

Agyeman played foundling girl Tattycoram in the Emmy Award winning 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles DickensLittle Dorrit, which began on 26 October 2008, starring alongside her fellow Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Ruth Jones.[29] Some of Agyeman’s scenes for the first episode were shot in the grounds of Deal Castle, Kent, which doubled for Marseille, France.[30] Agyeman was delighted to have appeared in Little Dorrit, as it had always been a dream of hers to appear in a period drama.[31] In 2008 Agyeman also appeared in Survivors, a BBC 1 remake of the cult 1970s TV series, as Jenny Walsh (surname originally reported to be Collins), although her character was killed off in the first episode in a shock twist despite featuring prominently in promotional materials for the series.[32][33] Between 2009 and 2012, Agyeman starred as Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK, a UK adaptation and spin-off from the US Law & Order franchise.[34] Agyeman is a self-professed “massive fan” of the original Law & Order series, especially Seasons 3 and 4. In preparation for the role, Agyeman sat in on live trials, toured the Old Bailey, and conferred with her law-degree holding sister, Leila: “She’s great and really patient at explaining things to laymen, because I was coming at it completely blind. She’s been a good source.”[35] She remained with the programme for its first six series departing the cast before the seventh series due to other filming commitments.[36]

In March 2012, it was announced that Agyeman would play Larissa, “an easy-going party girl who works at Interview magazine” in the pilot of Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries.[37] In early 2013, she starred in the Cbeebies television series Old Jack’s Boat as Shelley.[38]

Agyeman appears in the Netflix series Sense8, released in June 2015, created by J. Michael Straczynski and Lilly and Lana Wachowski. She is a series regular and plays Amanita, the girlfriend of Nomi, a sensate.[39][40]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In June 2007, Agyeman was named “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 “Glamour Women of the Year Awards”.[41] The same year she won the 2007 People’s Choice category for “Female TV Star” in the 5th annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, held on 15 October 2007 at the Hilton Metropole in London.[42]

The Observer had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a “face of 2007”.[43]

Nominations[edit]

In 2003, Agyeman was nominated in two categories in the British Soap Awards for her role as Lola Wise in Crossroads, as “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female”.[44]

In 2007, Agyeman was one of the top four nominations for best actress in the National Television Awards, for playing Martha Jones in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She was also nominated for Best Actress in the TV Quick Awards the same year for her role in Doctor Who.[45]

Agyeman was also longlisted for the 2010 National Television Awards for best dramatic performance for her role as Crown Prosecutor, Alesha Phillips.

In 2009, Agyeman was also nominated for Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).[46]

Activism[edit]

Agyeman endorses Divine Chocolate, a fairtrade corporation that works with Ghanaian cocoa farmers.[47]

Personal life[edit]

The tattoo Agyeman has on her upper arm is symbolic of her ancestry, containing the Persian word “raha”, meaning “free”, under an image of a butterfly.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aisha the American Shaheen Short film
2006 Rulers and Dealers Nana
2015 North v South Pennyars

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Crossroads Lola Wise Unknown episodes
2004 Bill, TheThe Bill Jenna Carter Episode: “Episode 232”
2004 Casualty@Holby City Kate Hindley Episode: “Casualty@Holby City: Part One”
2005 Mile High Girl #1 Series 2, episode 26
2005 Silent Witness Mary Ogden Episode: “Choices: Part 1”
2006 Bill, TheThe Bill Shakira Washington 2 episodes
2006 Doctor Who Adeola Oshodi Episode: “Army of Ghosts
2007–2010 Doctor Who Martha Jones Series 3, Series 4 (19 episodes)
2007–2008 Doctor Who Confidential Herself 13 episodes
2007 Totally Doctor Who Herself 7 episodes
2007 Infinite Quest, TheThe Infinite Quest Martha Jones (Voice) 13 episodes
2007 Omid Djalili Show, TheThe Omid Djalili Show Herself Series 1, episode 3
2008 Torchwood Martha Jones Series 2 (Recurring, 3 episodes)
2008–2010 Bizarre ER Herself Narrator (series 1–3); 30 episodes
2008 Torchwood Declassified Herself 2 episodes
2008 Little Dorrit Tattycoram Miniseries; 8 episodes
2008 Survivors Jenny Walsh 2 episodes
2009–2012 Law & Order: UK Alesha Phillips Series 1-6 (Main Cast, 39 episodes)
2013–2014 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Larissa Loughlin (Main cast, 22 episodes)
2013 Old Jack’s Boat Shelly Periwinkle Series 1 (Main Cast, 12 episodes)
2013 Rubenesque Trudy One-off drama
2015–present Sense8 Amanita Season 1-present (Main Cast, 12 episodes)

Audio and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Last Dodo, TheThe Last Dodo Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Wetworld Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Pirate Loop, TheThe Pirate Loop Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Martha in the Mirror Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Lost Souls Martha Jones Full cast audio drama
2008 Story of Martha, TheThe Story of Martha Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2014 Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama Ellen Townsend

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 When Snow Falls[49] T By Chris Elwell
2001 Twisted Roots[50][51] Anya Starr By Emily Nightingale
2002 Lords and Ladies[52] Various roles Originally by Terry Pratchett
2008 Doctor Who Prom Host Musical celebration, 27 July 2008

References[edit]

Freema Agyeman

 

Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman
Freema Agyeman 2007.jpg

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Born Frema Agyeman
(1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 37)[1]
London, England
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present
Notable work Doctor Who as Martha Jones (2007–08, 2010)
Old Jack’s Boat as Shelly Penniwickle (2013)
Sense8 as Amanita (2015–)
North v South as Penny (2015)

Freema Agyeman (/ˈfrmə ˈɑːəmən/;[2] born Frema Agyeman, Persian: فریما اگیمن‎‎; 20 March 1979) is a British actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood. Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in BBC programme Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW‘s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine. Other television appearances include Old Jack’s Boat, Silent Witness, Survivors and the Netflix drama Sense8. Agyeman also appeared as Penny in the 2015 film North v South.

Early life[edit]

Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was a child. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic.[3] Although her mother is Muslim and her father Methodist, Agyeman grew up to be a practising Roman Catholic.[4] Agyeman attended Our Lady’s Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University, graduating in 2000.[3]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

When Agyeman began her professional acting career, she chose to use a different spelling of her birth name, Frema, as her professional name, to avoid pronunciation problems.[5]

Before securing the part of Martha Jones, Agyeman’s most famous television role was playing Lola Wise in the revived series of ITV soap opera Crossroads. She also had small guest roles in other TV series such as Casualty, Mile High and The Bill, in which she appeared on two occasions as two separate characters. In 2005, Agyeman played Mary Ogden, a scene of crime officer, in an episode of Silent Witness.

Agyeman starred as Nana in the independent film Rulers and Dealers, written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson.[6]

Doctor Who (2005–2010)[edit]

Agyeman auditioned for three roles in the 2006 series of Doctor Who. On 24 June 2005, she auditioned for the part of Sally Jacobs in “The Christmas Invasion“, but the role went to Anita Briem, who better fitted the production team’s concept of the character as an “ice cool blonde”.[7] Agyeman later auditioned for the roles of Esme and Adeola Oshodi, in the “Rise of the Cybermen“/”The Age of Steel” and “Army of Ghosts“, respectively. Esme was ultimately cut from the final script,[8] but Agyeman was successful in her audition for Adeola. She filmed her role in the series in December 2005[citation needed] and appeared on screen as Adeola on 1 July 2006. Agyeman studied dance and practiced horseback riding, martial arts and gymnastics, a fact that the producers exploited in order to provide her with more physically arduous action scenes.[9]

“When we cast the character of Adeola, I met Freema [Agyeman] for this part—actually, I met her for two parts—and when I met her, as soon as she walked through the door, I knew she was going to be quite exceptional. When she walked in, I thought I was looking at Halle Berry English-style…”

Graeme Harper[10]

The production team were impressed by the versatility shown by Agyeman across her three auditions and called her back as a serious candidate for the new companion. She attended another audition (ostensibly for an episode of Torchwood)[7] before a final screen-test with Tenth Doctor actor, David Tennant. Tennant left a reassuring note under the door of Agyeman’s hotel room, and this helped calm any nerves the actress had.[11] Following extensive speculation on who would replace Billie Piper, Agyeman was confirmed to the press as new companion Martha Jones on 5 July 2006.[12]

“I’d like to think that there will be more for Martha Jones, because Doctor Who has been one of the biggest experiences of my life, both in terms of my career and in terms of how it has changed my life over the last two years. I dare say a great number of people will always associate me with Martha, and that really makes me smile. It means that she lives on. That’s so flattering. It’s an honour. I’d love to do more with her, definitely…”

—Freema Agyeman, July 2008[13]

Agyeman began filming for the third series in August 2006 and finished in March 2007. She made her screen debut as Martha on 31 March 2007 in the episode “Smith and Jones“.[14] A line of dialogue explains that Adeola was Martha’s cousin. Agyeman continued to portray the character Martha throughout every episode of the 2007 series. Agyeman returned as Martha in series 4 for five episodes. Following the final episode of the fourth series, Agyeman stated that she would be open to reprising the role.[13] She later returned to the series along with several other former cast members to mark David Tennant’s final appearance in The End of Time. Concurrent with her appearance on the show, Agyeman read abridged audiobook adaptations of five of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels featuring Martha, namely The Last Dodo,[15] Wetworld,[16] The Pirate Loop,[17] Martha in the Mirror[18] and The Story of Martha.[19]

Agyeman in Old Jack’s Boat

In between series three and series four of Doctor Who, Agyeman appeared in three episodes of series 2 of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood,[20] namely “Reset“, “Dead Man Walking” and “A Day in the Death“. She also had a starring role in the Torchwood radio play, Lost Souls, broadcast on BBC Radio Four on 10 September 2008 to promote the turning on of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility.[21] It was later revealed by Torchwood: Children of Earth director Euros Lyn that the production team had intended for Agyeman to appear in that production, but she was already committed to Law & Order: UK.[22] In a video interview conducted at the Law and Order: UK press launch, Agyeman does not rule out a return to Torchwood, stating that “it’s always a possibility.”[23] Torchwood creator and head writer Russell T. Davies, also responsible for Doctor Who, subsequently affirmed that he would be open to casting Agyeman in a future series of Torchwood.[24]

2008–present[edit]

Agyeman appeared several times on The Bedtime Hour on CBeebies reading the story broadcast shortly before 7.00pm. She narrated the first series of BBC Three‘s hospital documentary series Bizarre ER which ran from 14 February 2008[25] to 3 April 2008 and[26] also provided the narration for a second series which began airing on Tuesday 21 April 2009.[27] Agyeman hosted a Doctor Who-themed portion of the BBC Proms on 27 July.[28] A one-hour cut-down version of the prom made its TV début on BBC1, New Year’s Day, 2009.

On 25 April 2008, Agyeman appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show. She made another appearance on the show on 26 March 2009.

Agyeman played foundling girl Tattycoram in the Emmy Award winning 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles DickensLittle Dorrit, which began on 26 October 2008, starring alongside her fellow Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Ruth Jones.[29] Some of Agyeman’s scenes for the first episode were shot in the grounds of Deal Castle, Kent, which doubled for Marseille, France.[30] Agyeman was delighted to have appeared in Little Dorrit, as it had always been a dream of hers to appear in a period drama.[31] In 2008 Agyeman also appeared in Survivors, a BBC 1 remake of the cult 1970s TV series, as Jenny Walsh (surname originally reported to be Collins), although her character was killed off in the first episode in a shock twist despite featuring prominently in promotional materials for the series.[32][33] Between 2009 and 2012, Agyeman starred as Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK, a UK adaptation and spin-off from the US Law & Order franchise.[34] Agyeman is a self-professed “massive fan” of the original Law & Order series, especially Seasons 3 and 4. In preparation for the role, Agyeman sat in on live trials, toured the Old Bailey, and conferred with her law-degree holding sister, Leila: “She’s great and really patient at explaining things to laymen, because I was coming at it completely blind. She’s been a good source.”[35] She remained with the programme for its first six series departing the cast before the seventh series due to other filming commitments.[36]

In March 2012, it was announced that Agyeman would play Larissa, “an easy-going party girl who works at Interview magazine” in the pilot of Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries.[37] In early 2013, she starred in the Cbeebies television series Old Jack’s Boat as Shelley.[38]

Agyeman appears in the Netflix series Sense8, released in June 2015, created by J. Michael Straczynski and Lilly and Lana Wachowski. She is a series regular and plays Amanita, the girlfriend of Nomi, a sensate.[39][40]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In June 2007, Agyeman was named “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 “Glamour Women of the Year Awards”.[41] The same year she won the 2007 People’s Choice category for “Female TV Star” in the 5th annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, held on 15 October 2007 at the Hilton Metropole in London.[42]

The Observer had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a “face of 2007”.[43]

Nominations[edit]

In 2003, Agyeman was nominated in two categories in the British Soap Awards for her role as Lola Wise in Crossroads, as “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female”.[44]

In 2007, Agyeman was one of the top four nominations for best actress in the National Television Awards, for playing Martha Jones in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She was also nominated for Best Actress in the TV Quick Awards the same year for her role in Doctor Who.[45]

Agyeman was also longlisted for the 2010 National Television Awards for best dramatic performance for her role as Crown Prosecutor, Alesha Phillips.

In 2009, Agyeman was also nominated for Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).[46]

Activism[edit]

Agyeman endorses Divine Chocolate, a fairtrade corporation that works with Ghanaian cocoa farmers.[47]

Personal life[edit]

The tattoo Agyeman has on her upper arm is symbolic of her ancestry, containing the Persian word “raha”, meaning “free”, under an image of a butterfly.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aisha the American Shaheen Short film
2006 Rulers and Dealers Nana
2015 North v South Pennyars

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Crossroads Lola Wise Unknown episodes
2004 Bill, TheThe Bill Jenna Carter Episode: “Episode 232”
2004 Casualty@Holby City Kate Hindley Episode: “Casualty@Holby City: Part One”
2005 Mile High Girl #1 Series 2, episode 26
2005 Silent Witness Mary Ogden Episode: “Choices: Part 1”
2006 Bill, TheThe Bill Shakira Washington 2 episodes
2006 Doctor Who Adeola Oshodi Episode: “Army of Ghosts
2007–2010 Doctor Who Martha Jones Series 3, Series 4 (19 episodes)
2007–2008 Doctor Who Confidential Herself 13 episodes
2007 Totally Doctor Who Herself 7 episodes
2007 Infinite Quest, TheThe Infinite Quest Martha Jones (Voice) 13 episodes
2007 Omid Djalili Show, TheThe Omid Djalili Show Herself Series 1, episode 3
2008 Torchwood Martha Jones Series 2 (Recurring, 3 episodes)
2008–2010 Bizarre ER Herself Narrator (series 1–3); 30 episodes
2008 Torchwood Declassified Herself 2 episodes
2008 Little Dorrit Tattycoram Miniseries; 8 episodes
2008 Survivors Jenny Walsh 2 episodes
2009–2012 Law & Order: UK Alesha Phillips Series 1-6 (Main Cast, 39 episodes)
2013–2014 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Larissa Loughlin (Main cast, 22 episodes)
2013 Old Jack’s Boat Shelly Periwinkle Series 1 (Main Cast, 12 episodes)
2013 Rubenesque Trudy One-off drama
2015–present Sense8 Amanita Season 1-present (Main Cast, 12 episodes)

Audio and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Last Dodo, TheThe Last Dodo Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Wetworld Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Pirate Loop, TheThe Pirate Loop Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Martha in the Mirror Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Lost Souls Martha Jones Full cast audio drama
2008 Story of Martha, TheThe Story of Martha Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2014 Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama Ellen Townsend

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 When Snow Falls[49] T By Chris Elwell
2001 Twisted Roots[50][51] Anya Starr By Emily Nightingale
2002 Lords and Ladies[52] Various roles Originally by Terry Pratchett
2008 Doctor Who Prom Host Musical celebration, 27 July 2008

Freema Agyeman

Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman
Freema Agyeman 2007.jpg 

Agyeman at the premiere of Doctor Who Series 3, March 2007
Born Frema Agyeman
(1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 36)[1]
London, England
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present
Notable work Doctor Who as Martha Jones (2007–08, 2010)
Old Jack’s Boat as Shelly Penniwickle (2013)
Sense8 as Amanita (2015–)
North v South as Penny (2015)

Freema Agyeman (/ˈfrmə ˈɑːəmən/;[2] born Frema Agyeman; 20 March 1979) is a British actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood. Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in BBC programmes Survivors and Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW‘s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine.

Since 2015, Agyeman has a main role in the TV series Sense8 on Netflix.

Background and personal life[edit]

Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was a child. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic.[3] Although her mother is Muslim and her father Methodist, Agyeman grew up to be a practising Roman Catholic.[4] Agyeman attended Our Lady’s Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University, graduating in 2000.[3] Agyeman has martial arts skills, which prompted speculation that she would bring a more physical approach to the role of the Doctor’s companion.[5] The tattoo Agyeman has on her upper arm is symbolic of her ancestry, containing the Persian word “raha”, meaning “free”, under an image of a butterfly.[6] Agyeman endorses Divine Chocolate, a fairtrade corporation that works with Ghanaian cocoa farmers.[7]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

When Agyeman began her professional acting career, she chose to use a different spelling of her birth name, Frema, as her professional name, to avoid pronunciation problems.[8]

Before securing the part of Martha Jones, Agyeman’s most famous television role was playing Lola Wise in the revived series of ITV soap opera Crossroads. She also had small guest roles in other TV series such as Casualty, Mile High and The Bill, in which she appeared on two occasions as two separate characters. In 2005, Agyeman played Mary Ogden, a scene of crime officer, in an episode of Silent Witness.

Agyeman starred as Nana in the independent film Rulers and Dealers, written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson.[9]

Doctor Who (2005–2010)[edit]

Agyeman auditioned for three roles in the 2006 series of Doctor Who. On 24 June 2005, she auditioned for the part of Sally Jacobs in “The Christmas Invasion“, but the role went to Anita Briem, who better fitted the production team’s concept of the character as an “ice cool blonde”.[10] Agyeman later auditioned for the roles of Esme and Adeola Oshodi, in the “Rise of the Cybermen“/”The Age of Steel” and “Army of Ghosts“, respectively. Esme was ultimately cut from the final script,[11] but Agyeman was successful in her audition for Adeola. She filmed her role in the series in December 2005 and appeared on screen as Adeola on 1 July 2006.

“When we cast the character of Adeola, I met Freema [Agyeman] for this part—actually, I met her for two parts—and when I met her, as soon as she walked through the door, I knew she was going to be quite exceptional. When she walked in, I thought I was looking at Halle Berry English-style…”

The production team were impressed by the versatility shown by Agyeman across her three auditions[10] and called her back as a serious candidate for the new companion. She attended another audition (ostensibly for an episode of Torchwood)[10] before a final screen-test with Tenth Doctor actor, David Tennant. Tennant left a reassuring note under the door of Agyeman’s hotel room, and this helped calm any nerves the actress had.[13] Following extensive speculation on who would replace Billie Piper, Agyeman was confirmed to the press as new companion Martha Jones on 5 July 2006.[14]

“I’d like to think that there will be more for Martha Jones, because Doctor Who has been one of the biggest experiences of my life, both in terms of my career and in terms of how it has changed my life over the last two years. I dare say a great number of people will always associate me with Martha, and that really makes me smile. It means that she lives on. That’s so flattering. It’s an honour. I’d love to do more with her, definitely…”

—Freema Agyeman, July 2008[15]

Agyeman began filming for the third series in August 2006 and finished in March 2007. She made her screen debut as Martha on 31 March 2007 in the episode “Smith and Jones“.[16] A line of dialogue explains that Adeola was Martha’s cousin. Agyeman continued to portray the character Martha throughout every episode of the 2007 series. Agyeman returned as Martha in series 4 for five episodes. Following the final episode of the fourth series, Agyeman stated that she would be open to reprising the role.[15] She later returned to the series along with several other former cast members to mark David Tennant’s final appearance in The End of Time. Concurrent with her appearance on the show, Agyeman read abridged audiobook adaptations of five of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels featuring Martha, namely The Last Dodo,[17] Wetworld,[18] The Pirate Loop,[19] Martha in the Mirror[20] and The Story of Martha.[21]

Agyeman in Old Jack’s Boat

In between series three and series four of Doctor Who, Agyeman appeared in three episodes of series 2 of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood,[22] namely “Reset“, “Dead Man Walking” and “A Day in the Death“. She also had a starring role in the Torchwood radio play, Lost Souls, broadcast on BBC Radio Four on 10 September 2008 to promote the turning on of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility.[23] It was later revealed by Torchwood: Children of Earth director Euros Lyn that the production team had intended for Agyeman to appear in that production, but she was already committed to Law & Order: UK.[24] In a video interview conducted at the Law and Order: UK press launch, Agyeman does not rule out a return to Torchwood, stating that “it’s always a possibility.”[25] Torchwood creator and head writer Russell T. Davies, also responsible for Doctor Who, subsequently affirmed that he would be open to casting Agyeman in a future series of Torchwood.[26]

2008–present[edit]

Agyeman appeared several times on The Bedtime Hour on CBeebies reading the story broadcast shortly before 7.00pm. She narrated the first series of BBC Three‘s hospital documentary series Bizarre ER which ran from 14 February 2008[27] to 3 April 2008 and[28] also provided the narration for a second series which began airing on Tuesday 21 April 2009.[29] Agyeman hosted a Doctor Who-themed portion of the BBC Proms on 27 July.[30] A one-hour cut-down version of the prom made its TV début on BBC1, New Year’s Day, 2009.

On 25 April 2008, Agyeman appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show. She made another appearance on the show on 26 March 2009.

Agyeman played foundling girl Tattycoram in the Emmy Award winning 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles DickensLittle Dorrit, which began on 26 October 2008, starring alongside her fellow Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Ruth Jones.[31] Some of Agyeman’s scenes for the first episode were shot in the grounds of Deal Castle, Kent, which doubled for Marseille, France.[32] Agyeman was delighted to have appeared in Little Dorrit, as it had always been a dream of hers to appear in a period drama.[33] In 2008 Agyeman also appeared in Survivors, a BBC 1 remake of the cult 1970s TV series, as Jenny Walsh (surname originally reported to be Collins), although her character was killed off in the first episode in a shock twist despite featuring prominently in promotional materials for the series.[34][35] Between 2009 and 2012, Agyeman starred as Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK, a UK adaptation and spin-off from the popular US Law & Order franchise.[36] Agyeman is a self-professed “massive fan” of the original Law & Order series, especially Seasons 3 and 4. In preparation for the role, Agyeman sat in on live trials, toured the Old Bailey, and conferred with her law-degree holding sister, Leila: “She’s great and really patient at explaining things to laymen, because I was coming at it completely blind. She’s been a good source.”[37] She remained with the programme for its first six series departing the cast before the seventh series due to other filming commitments.[38]

In March 2012, it was announced that Agyeman would play Larissa, “an easy-going party girl who works at Interview magazine” in the pilot of Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries.[39] In early 2013, she starred in the Cbeebies television series Old Jack’s Boat as Shelley.[40]

Agyeman appears in the Netflix series Sense8, released in June 2015, created by J. Michael Straczynski and Andy and Lana Wachowski. She is a series regular and plays Amanita, the girlfriend of Nomi, a sensate.[41][42]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In June 2007, Agyeman was named “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 “Glamour Women of the Year Awards”.[43] The same year she won the 2007 People’s Choice category for “Female TV Star” in the 5th annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, held on 15 October 2007 at the Hilton Metropole in London.[44]

The Observer had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a “face of 2007”.[45]

Nominations[edit]

In 2003, Agyeman was nominated in two categories in the British Soap Awards for her role as Lola Wise in Crossroads, as “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female”.[46]

In 2007, Agyeman was one of the top four nominations for best actress in the National Television Awards, for playing Martha Jones in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She was also nominated for Best Actress in the TV Quick Awards the same year for her role in Doctor Who.[47] Agyeman was also longlisted for the 2010 National Television Awards for best dramatic performance for her role as Crown Prosecutor, Alesha Phillips.

In 2009, Agyeman was also nominated for Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aisha the American Shaheen Short film
2006 Rulers and Dealers Nana
2015 North v South Pennyars
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hosnian Prime resident cameo[49]:13

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Crossroads Lola Wise Unknown episodes
2004 Bill, TheThe Bill Jenna Carter Episode: “Episode 232”
2004 Casualty@Holby City Kate Hindley Episode: “Casualty@Holby City: Part One”
2005 Mile High Girl #1 Series 2, episode 26
2005 Silent Witness Mary Ogden Episode: “Choices: Part 1”
2006 Bill, TheThe Bill Shakira Washington 2 episodes
2006 Doctor Who Adeola Oshodi Episode: “Army of Ghosts
2007-2008, 2010 Doctor Who Martha Jones Series 3 (Main Cast, 13 episodes), Series 4 (Recurring, 5 episodes), The End of Time
2007-2008 Doctor Who Confidential Herself 13 episodes
2007 Totally Doctor Who Herself 7 episodes
2007 Infinite Quest, TheThe Infinite Quest Martha Jones (Voice) 13 episodes
2007 Omid Djalili Show, TheThe Omid Djalili Show Herself Series 1, episode 3
2008 Torchwood Martha Jones Series 2 (Recurring, 3 episodes)
2008-2010 Bizarre ER Herself Narrator (series 1–3); 30 episodes
2008 Torchwood Declassified Herself 2 episodes
2008 Little Dorrit Tattycoram Miniseries; 8 episodes
2008 Survivors Jenny Walsh 2 episodes
2009-2012 Law & Order: UK Alesha Phillips Series 1-6 (Main Cast, 39 episodes)
2013-2014 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Larissa Loughlin (Main cast, 22 episodes)
2013 Old Jack’s Boat Shelly Periwinkle Series 1 (Main Cast, 12 episodes)
2013 Rubenesque Trudy One-off drama
2015-present Sense8 Amanita Season 1-present (Main Cast, 12 episodes)

Audio and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Last Dodo, TheThe Last Dodo Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Wetworld Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2007 Pirate Loop, TheThe Pirate Loop Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Martha in the Mirror Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2008 Lost Souls Martha Jones Full cast audio drama
2008 Story of Martha, TheThe Story of Martha Narrator Doctor Who audiobook
2014 Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama Ellen Townsend

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 When Snow Falls[50] T By Chris Elwell
2001 Twisted Roots[51][52] Anya Starr By Emily Nightingale
2002 Lords and Ladies[53] Various roles Originally by Terry Pratchett
2008 Doctor Who Prom Host Musical celebration, 27 July 2008