8 February 1955 |
London, England, UK
Carol Harrison (born 8 February 1955 in West Ham, London, England) is a British actress and writer. She is known mostly for her work on British television, in particular her role as Louise Raymond in BBC's EastEnders.
Harrison made her acting debut in 1976, in the BBC police drama, Softly Softly, which was a spin-off from the hugely popular Z-Cars. In 1980 she made her film debut, securing a minor role in the 1980 adaptation of The Elephant Man. She went on to appear in many successful television programmes including The Gentle Touch (1982); Q.E.D. (1982); The Cleopatras (1983); Minder (1984); Casualty (1987, 1996 & 2008); Dorothy in London's Burning from 1988–1989; Kavanagh QC (1995) and ITV's A Touch of Frost (1997).
One of her most notable and long running roles, was playing the part of Gloria in the popular BBC sitcom Brush Strokes (1986–1991); remaining in the role for five series. However, it is her role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1998–1999) that she is most remembered for. Harrison played Louise Raymond, the selfish mother of Tiffany (Martine McCutcheon) and Simon (Andrew Lynford). Harrison's character was involved in many explosive storylines, including an affair with her daughter's husband Grant (Ross Kemp). This role was not the first time Harrison had appeared in the soap. She had previously had a minor role in 1986, playing the mother of a young boy who was rescued from a speeding lorry by Andy O'Brien (Ross Davidson).
Harrison quit EastEnders in 1999 to do a Masters degree in screenwriting. In 2006 she began teaching Script and Screen, a five-week course offered through the Adult and Community non-accredited provision, at Brighton and Hove College.
Harrison was born in East London to a working class, single parent family. She failed her 11 plus exams in her youth, but has since discovered that she is dyslexic. Harrison was once married to the actor Jamie Foreman, son of the notorious 1960s London gangster Freddie Foreman. They have one son named Alfie. Carol is also a fan of the London football team Millwall.
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