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Ellie Paskell (born 1986 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester) is a British actress who trained at Guildford school of acting. She began acting when, aged 11, she joined the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop.
Paskell is best known for playing Maxine Barlow in the BBC One hit series Waterloo Road. She joined the show at the start of 2007, early in series 2, as a 15-year-old drop-out who was living rough as a drug addict and was introduced to the series at the girlfriend of expelled pupil Lewis Seddon played by Craig Fitzpatrick. The character returned to school and was involved in numerous high profile storylines, including exposing her mother's boyfriend as a serial sex attacker, moving into the home of French teacher Steph Haydock (played by Denise Welch), overcoming drug addiction, the tragic find of a baby's body in the school playing field, which turned out to be Maxine's. Her character met a tragic end in series 4, when Maxine was fatally shot by boyfriend Earl Kelly (played by Reece Noi).
On stage, Paskell has performed in One Night in November. She also played a minor part in the second series of Ashes to Ashes. Since then she appeared in Casualty as a youth who was hurt in an explosion and also as Julie Stanlake (a teenager who gave birth early and dumped her baby in a dustbin) in another episode.
She also worked with David Threlfall and the rest of the Shameless cast when she filmed three episodes of the hit comedy drama as bubbly Sammy Dee. She played a teaching assistant at Brecknock Primary School in London, and had a small role in The Bill as a drug addict who sold her baby.
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