| Ayesha Antoine|
| 8 May 1981 (age 34) (1981-05-08) Essex, England|
Mouth to Mouth, Frayed, Gadgetman
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Sharon D Clarke, Rakie Ayola, Jim Goddard
University of Manchester
Ayesha Antoine Wikipedia
Ayesha Antoine is an English actress. She is known for portraying Rachel Baptiste in Holby City, and Poppy Silver in Grange Hill.
Antoine was born in Essex, England. She is of British, Dominican, and Welsh descent. In 1998 Antoine studied Psychology and English at the University of Manchester. After graduating, she returned to London to restart her career.
"It’s good to have another trick up your sleeve. I have always been interested in psychology, and I’d love to be able to do something with child psychology. Maybe do both acting and psychology, who knows?"
A hyperactive child (learning the violin and piano as well as attending acting and dance classes), at the age of eight she entered a National Talent Contest which was televised on the Saturday morning BBC children's show, Going Live!. Dancing, singing and rapping to Salt'n'Pepa's 'Express Yourself' was Antoine's first television appearance.
Antoine began her television career in the 1990s playing Poppy Silver in Grange Hill. At this time she also made her first appearance in Holby City. Other television credits include the role of Kelly Grogan in sitcom pilot Placebo and a husband-beating shoplifter in The Bill.
In 2007 Antoine guest starred as Dee Dee Blasco in the Doctor Who episode "Midnight", an experience she described as: "so much fun…it’s a brilliant show and I loved every minute." She joined the regular cast of Holby City in 2008, playing Staff Nurse Rachel Baptiste.
In 2009 Antoine appeared in BAFTA winner Paul Whitehouse's new series Down The Line, and in the newly commissioned series of Mouth to Mouth, a multi-media comedy drama for BBC Three.
In 2005 Antoine won the Norman Beaton Fellowship. She was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company for six months and lent her voice to over twenty five radio dramas including The Lysistrata Project, Hold My Breath, Westway, No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Fountain Overflows and Father & Son.
In 2011 she joined the cast of Big Finish Productions' Bernice Summerfield audio plays as Ruth.
In 2013 she was the featured presenter for Dr. Forever!, a five-part documentary series featured in the Classic Doctor Who DVD range.The Firework Maker’s Daughter, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, February 2005 (playing Lila)
Big White Fog, Almeida Theatre, May 2007 to June 2007 (playing Caroline Mason)
Familyman, Theatre Royal Stratford East, May 2008 (playing Keisha)
MADBLUD, Theatre Royal Stratford East, February 2009
My Wonderful Day, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, October 2009 (playing Winnie)
Cinderella, Theatre Royal Stratford East, December 2011 to January 2012
Red Velvet, Garrick theatre London, 23 January 2016 to 27 February 2016
Dirty Great Love Story, Arts theatre London, 18 January 2017 to 18 March 2017