Ali Bastian

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Ali Bastian
Ali Bastian.jpg
Born Alexandra Louise Bastian
(1982-02-27) 27 February 1982 (age 32)[1]
Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Partner(s) Kevin Sacre (2004–2006)
Nick Kennedy (2007–2009)
Brian Fortuna (2009–2010)

Alexandra Louise "Ali" Bastian (born 27 February 1982)[2][3] is an English television actress, best known for playing Becca Dean in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2001 to 2007, and PC Sally Armstrong in long-running ITV drama series The Bill from 2007 to 2009.

Career[edit]

Bastian attended the Redroofs Theatre School at Maidenhead from the ages of 10 to 13, and started professional acting with a role in Jane Eyre[disambiguation needed] aged 10.[4] She then attended Claires Court School, The College (now Claires Court Senior Girls), Maidenhead.

Hollyoaks[edit]

Main article: Becca Dean

Bastian joined the Channel 4 soap in 2001. She was involved in a controversial storyline in Hollyoaks where her character was fired from her teaching job and sent to prison after having an affair with one of her students, Justin Burton played by Chris Fountain. In December 2005, alongside her Hollyoaks cast mates Jodi Albert and Sarah Jayne Dunn, Bastian appeared in an exercise video called Hollyoaks Get Fit. At the 2006 British Soap Awards Bastian and Chris Fountain won the award for best storyline. She departed the show in 2007.

Other television work[edit]

Bastian has also appeared on television in Jane Eyre[disambiguation needed], Cavegirl, A Touch of Frost, Twenty Four 7, and Here After.

Bastian joined ITV1 police drama The Bill as PC Sally Armstrong in summer 2007.[5][6] and departed in late 2009,[4]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

She was a contestant, departing in the semi-final on Strictly Come Dancing 2009, where she was partnered with Brian Fortuna. In week 11 Bastian severely bruised the bones of her foot while training. Doctors later gave her the all clear to go ahead and perform. There was doubt about her fitness to perform in the show's semifinal. After successfully performing, Ali and Brian were eliminated, finishing in third place out of sixteen couples.[7] Bastian currently holds the celebrity record for the American Smooth and the Viennese Waltz, receiving a perfect score for both of these dances. The pair danced again in the Strictly Come Dancing 2009 Christmas Special, and won having again scored 40/40 for their Viennese Waltz.

Bastian then joined Fortuna in the hit West End dance show, Burn The Floor, which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 21 July 2010, and ran until 4 September 2010.

Stage work[edit]

Bastion has starred alongside Dawn Steele and Matthew Lewis in the UK touring version of Bill Kenwright's production of Verdict by Agatha Christie, playing alter-ego Helen Rollander.[8]

Other work[edit]

Bastion was signed to Storm Models,[9] and has worked for Littlewoods within a new range called Drama Queens.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bastian dated her Hollyoaks co-star and on-screen husband Kevin Sacre. During their two-year relationship, they appeared in a celebrity couples edition of the quiz show The Weakest Link. The couple broke up in early 2006.[11]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1992:Jane Eyre(BBC)- Young Jane
  • 1997: FairyTale: A True Story – Fairy
  • 1998: Next Birthday - Monica
  • 1999: A Touch of Frost – Lisa Harper
  • 2001–2007: Hollyoaks – Becca Dean
  • 2002: Come Together – Tara
  • 2007–2009: The Bill – PC Sally Armstrong
  • 2012: Strippers vs Werewolves - Dani

Stage Work[edit]

  • Paddington Bear- Novello Theatre
  • The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe- Novello Theatre
  • Once Upon A Time- Novello Theatre
  • Burn The Floor- Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Agatha Christie 'Verdict'- UK tour 2011
  • Chicago - UK Tour 2012
  • Breathless - Soho Theatre 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latest news and profile of Ali Bastian". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ Profile of Bastian from Hello! magazine
  3. ^ Ali Bastian – Biography
  4. ^ a b "Exclusive: Sexy Ali Bastian quits cop show for ballroom blitz". Sunday Mail. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  5. ^ Ali Bastian joins the ranks of The Bill ITV.com – 21 February 2007
  6. ^ 'Hollyoaks' star Bastian joined 'The Bill' digitalspy.co.uk – 17 February 2007
  7. ^ Ali Bastian injured on 'Strictly' tv.sky.com
  8. ^ "Agatha Christie's Verdict". Archived from the original on 9 Jan 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ali Bastian at Storm Models". Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  10. ^ by Sarah (2011-01-06). "Drama Queens at Littlewoods | Littlewoods Blog". Blog.littlewoods.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  11. ^ Emma Pomfret A new beat for Becca Manchester Evening News – 18/ 7/2007

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