Alicya Eyo

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Alicya Eyo
Born (1975-12-16) 16 December 1975 (age 38)
Huyton, Liverpool
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Notable work(s) Bad Girls
Official site

Alicya Eyo (born 16 December 1975, Huyton, Liverpool) is a British theatre, film and television actress. She is currently best known for portraying playing Ruby Haswell in the ITV soap opera, Emmerdale and, previously, for playing Denny Blood[1] in the award-winning and critically acclaimed prison drama series Bad Girls.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

She was brought up in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. When she was fourteen, she moved to London.

Alicya’s love of drama started when she was nine. She attended classes every Saturday, with dancing. When she won competitions, she believed it went from there. She did her drama training in King's Cross, at the Courtyard Theatre School.


Her first television appearance was in 1997, in Casualty, which was filmed shortly earlier. In the same year, she made an appearance on Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. In the same year she appeared in Gold the critically acclaimed follow up Drama series to Band Of Gold as a young prostitute involved with Yardie gangsters who come over to Bradfords red light district from Leeds to clear up the Lane. In 1999, she appeared along Goldie in the David Bowie film Everybody Loves Sunshine, which is known as B.U.S.T.E.D., internationally. She also starred in the movie G:MT - Greenwich Mean Time. However, her big break came in 1998 when she was offered the part of Denny Blood, in Bad Girls. The series was broadcast in June the following year when the UK viewing public first saw Alicya Eyo as Denny Blood in a pink PVC suit dancing to the N-Trance remix of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees. Her agent told her that the production company, Shed, were looking for a 'shit, young, black, skinhead, tattoos with piercing'.

Bad Girls[edit]

At the end of the sixth series (in which Eyo did not appear), the character of Denny Blood was voted the sixth favourite inmate on Bad Girls: Most Wanted.[4] Denny’s tragic upbringing, lead to the touching and tragic storylines with her mother, Jessie Devlin (played by Denise Black), and the relationship with stand-in mother Yvonne Atkins (Linda Henry). She also met the love of her life Shaz Wiley (Lindsey Fawcett), who died at the end of Series 4. Denny was devastated but found comfort in painting and was last seen being transferred to an open prison to serve the rest of her sentence. Just before Bad Girls was axed, the Bad Girls' creators were going to ask Eyo to reprise her role as Denny.

During this time, Eyo also appeared in the film The Low Down, in an episode of Urban Gothic and in Tube Tales.

Since leaving Bad Girls, she appeared in Holby City twice, as two separate characters, and the BBC daytime drama Doctors. She plays Gaynor Harvey in new Shed Productions drama Bombshell. However, Bombshell still has not been shown in the UK, but has made its debut in New Zealand.


Alicya has studied at the Court Theater Training Company and has been working professionally for 14 years. Alicya has also performed at various theatres including the Royal Court Theatre, Nothingham. She also performed in the critically acclaimed play Any Which Way.[5][6]


Since October 2011, Eyo is appearing in Emmerdale as Ruby Haswell, the lesbian partner of Ali Spencer (Kelli Hollis).

Personal life[edit]

Eyo is a vegetarian.

Eyo has described her mother, Sue Eyo, as "amazing" and says that she is her idol. "My mum is a wicked singer, I’ve rapped and done some backing vocals for her. She’s a jazz singer and she’s top. If I’m in Liverpool, I sometimes gig with her". Karen, Alicya's aunt and Sue's sister, is also an actress. Sue and Karen appeared as Alicya's mother and aunt in an episode she starred in on Moving On.

Eyo is a strong supporter and patron of a north-west LGBT charity that provides services and support for young people, and in October 2012, she came out as a lesbian herself.[7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Everybody Loves Sunshine Sandra uncredited
1999 G:MT - Greenwich Mean Time Bobby
2000 The Low Down Paul Girl
1997 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Trisha Grice 1 episode - All Stitched Up
1999 Wing and a Prayer Roz Cairnforth 1 episode - Episode #2.1
1999 Tube Tales TV movie, segment - Grasshopper
2001 Urban Gothic Amber 1 episodes - Sandman
2003 Bad Girls Denny Blood 1999–2003; main cast
2004 Doctors Dawn Fuller 1 episode - Love Thy Neighbour
2006 Holby City Emma Bennet/Rae Hollins 2004–2006; 2 episodes - A Twist of Fate, I'll Be Back
2006 Bombshell Gunner Gaynor Harvey main cast
2006 Spooks Raoula 1 episode - Gas and Oil, Part 2
2007 The Bill Daisy Driscoll 1 episodes - Uncovered
2009 Paradox Jean Fellowes 1 episode - Episode #1.3
2010 Casualty Claire Lomas/Julie/Lissa Burroes 1997–2010; 3 episodes - Private Lives, Is She Really Going Out With Him?, Life Sentence
2011 Silent Witness Joanne McDermott 2 episodes - First Casualty: Part 1, First Casualty: Part 2
2011 Waterloo Road Sandi Mansfield 1 episode - series 7 episode 5
2011 Moving On Ally 1 episode - The Milkman, series 3 episode 1
2011 - Emmerdale Ruby Haswell Main Cast


  1. ^ "Bad Girls characters - Denny Blood". Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bad Girls official site". Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bad Girls site". Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Shed Productions: We Know Drama - Bad Girls Most Wanted". Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Alicya Eyo - Acting for Camera". Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Any Which Way review". Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
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