Cheryl Fergison

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cheryl Fergison
Cheryl Fergison.jpg
Fergison in 2011.
Born Cheryl Campbell[citation needed]
(1964-08-27) 27 August 1964 (age 49)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Notable work(s) See below
Television EastEnders (2006-2012)
Spouse(s) Jamshed Saddiqi (divorced)
Yassine Al-Jermoni (m. 2011)
Children 1

Cheryl Fergison (born 27 August 1964) is an English actress most notable for playing Heather Trott in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders.[1][2][3]


After training at Rose Bruford College, Fergison started playing the role of Heather Trott in June 2007. The idea of Heather was conceived by the EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer. Prior to starring as Heather, Fergison made a brief appearance on the show as a friend of Mo Harris (Laila Morse) in 2005.

Her stage credits include Measure For Measure, for the Royal Shakespeare Company[4] and most recently the 2006 season at the Scoop at More London.[5]

Fergison is also known for playing Joanna Harding, the "Big Fat Lezza" in the Linda Flint sketches of Little Britain, opposite David Walliams. She also played Judy in The IT Crowd. Other British television series in which she has appeared include 'Allo 'Allo!, Little Miss Jocelyn, Bad Girls and Casualty, as well as playing Mrs. Lloyd in two episodes of Doctor Who, "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". Fergison also starred in a Keane promotional video for Atlantic, which is on the Under The Iron Sea DVD.

Fergison made her first appearance in EastEnders on 26 June 2007. She had previously appeared in the soap as a cellmate of Mo Harris (Laila Morse).

In November 2007, Fergison participated in the Children in Need charity appeal alongside her EastEnders co-stars which was broadcast on BBC One. On 26 June 2008, she appeared on an EastEnders special of the quiz show The Weakest Link and emerged victorious. She won £22,700 for Great Ormond Street charity.

Since appearing on EastEnders, she has made a variety of television appearances on shows such as GMTV, The Paul O'Grady Show, This Morning and Loose Women. She won 'Best Comedy Performance' Award in the 2008 Inside Soap Awards.[citation needed] She was also nominated in the same category and for the Best Onscreen Partnership Award (alongside Linda Henry) at the 2008 British Soap Awards.[citation needed] She starred in Lets Dance For Sport Relief, and danced to Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. She also appeared in the fourth episode of series 7 of Shooting Stars on BBC Two, broadcast in August 2010.

On 17 September 2011, it was revealed that Fergison had been axed from EastEnders and would leave at the end of her current contract, departing the show on 21 March 2012. Her character was killed off after being hit with a photoframe by Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe). Fergison later commented that she left because she now wanted to "try other things", and she also said that she still keeps in regular contact with Linda Henry and Ricky Grover, who play her best friend Shirley Carter and her fiancé Andrew Cotton in the show.

In March 2012 Fergison appeared on The Saturday Night Show.[6]

In April and June 2012 Fergison made two single guest panellist appearances on ITV's Loose Women.

On 15 August 2012, Fergison entered the Celebrity Big Brother 10 house. On 24 August 2012, she became the second housemate to be evicted.[7]

Fergison was one of the celebrities performing on Your Face Sounds Familiar.[8] During the series she sang as Dusty Springfield, Anastacia, Meatloaf, Lulu, Madonna, Cher and Adele.

Personal life[edit]

Fergison divorced her husband, Jamshed Saddiqi, in 2008.[9] She currently lives in Sidcup with her son.[9] She said giving birth on EastEnders was more difficult than giving birth in real life, due to the many takes needed to complete the scene on EastEnders compared to having a caesarean whilst having her real son.[citation needed] In May 2011 she married Yassine Al-Jermoni.[10] In 2009, Fergison revealed that she is diabetic.[9]


Year Title Type Role Notes
1992 Convington Cross TV Maid 1 2 Episodes, "Outlaws" and "The Persecution"
1992 'Allo 'Allo! TV Desiree 1 Episode, "Missing and Presumed Dead"
1993 Screen Two TV Frau Langer, Schatz's Housekeeper 1 Episode, "Genghis Cohn"
1994 Middlemarch TV Pritchard 7 Episodes
1996 Interview Day TV Miss Bodley TV Movie
1997 A Royal Scandal TV Cleaning Maid TV Movie
2005 Doctor Who TV Mrs. Lloyd 2 Episodes, "The Doctor Dances" and "The Empty Child"
2004–2005 Little Britain TV Joanna Harding 2 Episodes
2006 Little Miss Jocelyn TV 1 Episode
2006 Bad Girls TV Latoya 1 Episode
2006 Casualty TV Lucille Prior 1 Episode, "Get What You Deserve"
2007–2012 EastEnders TV Heather Trott Series Regular, 385 Episodes
2007 The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle TV 1 Episode
2009 Mr. Right TV Red Team Woman RV Movie
2010 EastEnders: E20 TV Heather Trott 4 Episodes
2012 Celebrity Big Brother 10 TV Herself Contestant, 12 Place
2013 The Spa TV Ms Wylde 5 Episodes


  1. ^ "Twitter / cherylfergison1: @luv4JCx warily wrong ok my". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ McCormack, Kirsty (10 November 2011). "Cheryl Fergison wedding: EastEnders star marries toyboy Yassine Al-Jermini again!". Mail Online. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cheryl Fergison". What's On TV. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Measure for Measure, Nunn/Bjornson, Royal Shakespeare Company, September 1991". 1991-09-18. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Tommy Bowe and Cheryl Fergison for Saturday Night Show". RTÉ Ten (RTÉ). 23 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Sheridan, Emily (24 August 2012). "Celebrity Big Brother: Cheryl Fergison is second housemate to be evicted". Mail Online. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ a b c Todd, Ben (11 July 2010). "EastEnders actress falls for Moroccan toyboy nearly 20 years younger than her". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Payne, Will (22 May 2011). "EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison marries her Moroccan toyboy -". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 

External links[edit]