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Occupation  Actress
Role  Actress
Years active  1989–present
Height  1.55 m

Children  1
Spouse  Paul Stocker (m. 2014)
Name  Kellie Bright
Siblings  Simon Alan Bright
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Full Name  Kellie Denise Bright
Born  1 July 1976 (age 39) (1976-07-01) Brentwood, Essex, England
Notable work  The Upper Hand (1990–96) Bad Girls (2002) Rock and Chips (2010–11) EastEnders (2013–) Strictly Come Dancing (2015)
Education  Sylvia Young Theatre School
Movies and TV shows  EastEnders, The Upper Hand, Rock & Chips, Bad Girls, Ali G Indahouse
Similar People  Danny Dyer, Maddy Hill, Paul Stocker, Adam Woodyatt, Jacqueline Jossa
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Kellie Denise Bright (born 1 July 1976) is an English actress. She is known for playing Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, for which she won the 2015 British Soap Awards for Best Actress and Best Dramatic Performance. Her other television roles include Joanna Burrows in The Upper Hand (1990–96), Cassie Tyler in Bad Girls (2002) and Joan Trotter in Rock & Chips (2010–11). In 2015, she was the runner-up in the 13th series of the BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.

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Early years

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Bright has been acting since she was 11, appearing on stage in shows such as Annie and Les Misérables, before landing a place at The Sylvia Young Theatre School. As a child actress, she appeared in several different series' on British television in the late 1980s and the 1990s, including T-Bag and Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. In 1990, at the age of 13, Bright was cast as Joanna Burrows in TV series The Upper Hand alongside Joe McGann, Diana Weston and Honor Blackman which ran for six years.

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After The Upper Hand had finished, Bright has said that she struggled to make ends meet. She says, "I didn't have any acting work, so I got a job waiting on tables to pay the mortgage, but it was while The Upper Hand was still on air. Next thing I know, a customer had called a newspaper saying I was there and some photographers appeared out of the blue snapping away." She also worked as a receptionist at a nightclub in London. She continued, "I was getting rejected from one job after another and no matter how much I tried not to take it personally, a part of me couldn't help but think: 'I was too ugly to get that part'." Bright played Kate Madikane (née Aldridge) in Radio 4's The Archers, and was with the series from 1995 until 2014.

Recent work

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Bright has also had main roles in Bad Girls and BBC radio programme The Archers. She has also guest starred in Da Ali G Show and made an appearance in the film Ali G Indahouse. Bright has made several guest appearances on British television programmes, her credits include Holby City, Casualty, The Catherine Tate Show and Vera.

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Bright also starred as Joan Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock and Chips, from 2010 until 2011.

2013–present: EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing and mainstream success

In October 2013, Bright was cast as Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Linda made her first on screen appearance on 19 December 2013, but officially arrived on Albert Square with her husband, Mick (played by Danny Dyer) and her children on 26 December 2013. The Carter family were created by the show's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins who planned to completely revamp the show. Since her arrival, Bright's character Linda has been a part of some of the show's biggest storylines such as struggling to accept that her son Johnny (Sam Strike) is gay. In October 2014, Linda was involved in a controversial storyline where she was raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). On filming this particular storyline, Bright stated that "It is a challenging storyline, but it is an important storyline and I feel honoured to have been given it". Bright was praised for her performance during this storyline. Bright won the 2014 Digital Spy's Readers Award for Best Female Soap Actress. Along with Dyer, Bright was nominated for "Best On-screen Partnership" at The British Soap Awards 2014 for the relationship between Mick and Linda. In 2015, she was nominated for the "Serial Drama Performance" award at the National Television Awards, however the award was won by Dyer. She has been nominated for "Best Actress" and "Best Dramatic Performance" at The British Soap Awards 2015. Bright won both.

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On 12 March 2015, Bright revealed that she had received "personal letters" from rape victims who had been affected by Linda's story, leaving her feeling "humbled" by the audience's response.

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In September 2015, Bright joined the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. Bright chose to continue playing Linda Carter on EastEnders while competing on Strictly Come Dancing, working all day at EastEnders and rehearses for Strictly in the evening. Paired with professional dancer Kevin Clifton, she was described by head judge Len Goodman as a "great all round dancer". On 19 December the pair reached the final three and topped the leaderboard with a score of 119. Their score including two maximum scores of 40 for their Tango to "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks and their showdance to "The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Their final dance, a Charleston to "Cantina Band" from Star Wars, scored 39, but the public voted Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani as the competition winners.

Voice work

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In 1992, Bright voiced the character of Beauty in the Bevanfield Films production of Beauty and the Beast. She has also voiced several video game characters, including the Hero of Brightwall in the game Fable III in 2010. In 2011, Bright did voicework for Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles as the medic Sharla.

Other work

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Bright took part in the BBC's Children in Need appeal in 2014 along with Danny Dyer and the rest of the EastEnders cast who performed a Grease medley titled "Grease Enders". Bright appears as Linda though dressed up as Sandy Olsen. She performed in "You're the One That I Want" and "We Go Together".

Personal life

Bright married her long-term partner, Paul Stocker, at Trelill, Cornwall on 5 July 2014. On 4 December 2011 she gave birth to a baby boy, Freddie. On 19 May 2016, Bright announced via Twitter that she was expecting her second child. She gave birth to her second son, Gene, in late November.

Selected theatre performances

  • Caddie in Snake in Fridge by Brad Fraser. World premiere directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2000)
  • Masha in The Seagull by Anton Chekov. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2003)
  • Amanda in Cold Meat Party by Brad Fraser. World premiere directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2003)
  • The title role in Mary Barton adapted by Rona Munroe. Directed by Sarah Frankcom at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2006)
  • References

    Kellie Bright Wikipedia


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