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1 November 1977
|Spouse(s)||Adam Speers (2011 - present)|
Cordingly was born on 1 November 1977 in Brighton. At secondary school, Brighton and Hove High School, she was well known for her lead roles in plays, and her enthusiasm for acting and singing. She made her first major television appearance in the soap opera, Family Affairs as troubled teenager Sara Warrington; a lapdancer who blew most of her wages on cocaine.
She left Birmingham University with a Double First in English and Drama before going on to train at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
In 2002, she joined The Bill as PC Kerry Young, which became her biggest role and one of the show's much loved characters. After her departure from the show when her character was brutally murdered in 2004, she then went on to appear as a stripper in the comedy series Funland. In 2008, she played Veronica in Charlie Brooker's Dead Set, a TV horror drama set in the Big Brother house during a zombie apocalypse.
Alongside her acting career, Cordingly has an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2009, her short story Marianne and Ellie was selected by Sarah Waters to be published in an anthology of short stories, Dancing with Mr. Darcy. In 2012, she won the Litro magazine 'Dutch Double' short story competition for her short story about Amsterdam, The Bike Ride.
In 2006, Cordingly met her husband, Adam Speers, a theatre director and producer; they married on 29 May 2011 and live in London. In 2013, Cordingly gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter.
Her father is David Cordingly, a world-renowned expert on pirates who has written books and appeared in numerous documentaries on the subject.
Cordingly is an active ambassador to the Anti-Bullying Alliance, speaking at the Anti-bullying week conference 2006, at Westminster Central Hall. She is an Ambassador for ChildLine and she ran the London Marathon in 2004 to raise money for them. She was given an award at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom for her outstanding contributions to the NSPCC.
TV and film
|2011||How TV Ruined Your Life||Lucy|
|2010||Casualty||Sharon Holder||1 episode: Making Other Plans|
|2010||Material Girl||Lynn Jones|
|2009||Merlin||Forridel||1 episode: The Nightmare Begins|
|2009||Trial & Retribution||Wendy Bilkin||1 episode: Shooter|
|2008||New Tricks||Anna Hodgkiss||1 episode: Couldn't Orgainse One|
|2007||Secret Diary of a Call Girl||Naomi||1 episode|
|2006||Heartbeat||Connie Green||1 episode: Stumped|
|2005||Doctors||Mel Brindell||1 episode: Credit Limit|
|2002-04||The Bill||PC Kerry Young|
|2002||Two Men Went to War||Rose||Film|
|2001||Casualty||Liz||1 episode: Consequences|
|2000-01||Family Affairs||Sara Warrington|
|2012||Children's Children||Louisa||Almeida Theatre|
|2012||A Round Heeled Woman||Nathalie||Riverside Studios/West End|
|2011||Once Bitten||Cesarine||Orange Tree Theatre|
|2010||Salt||Amy||Royal Exchange Theatre|
|2009||Our Man in Havana||Milly Wormold/Beatrice Severn||Nottingham Playhouse|
|2007||Bedroom Farce||Susannah||No.1 Tour|
|2006||Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson||Nina||Menier|
|2005||Monkey's Uncle||Cecile/Christine||Orange Tree Theatre|
|1999||Othello||Desdemona||Orange Tree Theatre|
|1998||York Mystery Cycles||Mary Magdalen||Toronto Festival|