1 July 1976 |
|Spouse(s)||Paul Stocker (2014-)|
Kellie Bright (born 1 July 1976) is an English actress who is best known for her role as Linda Carter in the British soap opera EastEnders. She has also appeared as Cassie Tyler in Bad Girls and as Joanna Burrows in TV series The Upper Hand.
Bright began acting at a very young age and is known for performances as a child actress on British television in the late 1980s and the 1990s, including T-Bag and Maid Marian and her Merry Men. In 1990, Bright was cast as Joanna Burrows in TV series The Upper Hand alongside Joe McGann, Diana Weston and Honor Blackman. The series ran for six years.
Bright has also had main roles in Bad Girls and BBC radio programme The Archers. She has also guest starred in Da Ali G Show and made an appearance in the film Ali G Indahouse. Bright has made several guest appearances on British television programs, her credits include Holby City, Casualty, The Catherine Tate Show and Vera.
In October 2013, Bright was cast as Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Linda made her first on screen appearance on 19 December 2013, but officially arrived on Albert Square with her husband, Mick (played by Danny Dyer) and her children on 26 December 2013. The Carter family were created by the show's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins who planned to completely revamp the show. Since her arrival, Bright's character Linda has been a part of some of the show's biggest storylines such as struggling to accept that her son Johnny is gay. In October 2014, Linda was involved in a controversial storyline where she was raped by Dean Wicks. On filming this particular storyline, Bright stated that "It is a challenging storyline, but it is an important storyline and I feel honoured to have been given it". Bright was praised for her performance during this storyline. Along with Dyer, Bright was nominated for Best On-screen Partnership at the 2014 British Soap Awards for the relationship between Mick and Linda. Linda is the landlady of The Queen Victoria pub and is known her rather flamboyant style. She considers herself a "royalist", naming the family dog Lady Di after Princess Diana and on one occasion she sang the 1997 version of Candle in The Wind. She also shares the same birthday as Princess Diana. Coincidentally, Bright's character also shares the same birthday as Bright herself.
Bright took part in BBC Children in Need 2014 along with Danny Dyer and the rest of the EastEnders cast who performed a Grease medley entitled "Grease Enders". Bright appears as Linda though dressed up as Sandy Olsen. She performed in "You're the One That I want" and "We Go Together" In 2011, Bright did voicework for Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles as the medic Sharla.
|1989||T-Bag and the Revenge of the T-Set||Sally Simpkins/Anastasia|
|1989||The Bill||Mr. Carmody's daughter||Uncredited|
|1989||Maid Marian and Her Merry Men||Little girl|
|1989||T-Bag's Christmas Carol||Sally Simpkins||TV Movie|
|1990||T-Bag and the Pearls of Wisdom||Sally Simpkins||TV Movie|
|1990-1996||The Upper Hand||Joanna Burrows||TV Series|
|1991||The Grove Family||Daphne||One-off re-make to celebrate closure of Lime Grove Studios|
|1992||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty|
|1996||Scenes||Clare||One episode: Alison|
|1998||The Bill||Lianne Clark||1 episode|
|2000||Nature Boy||Katy||1 episode|
|2000||Cor, Blimey!||Viola||TV Movie|
|2000||The Thing About Vince||Sally|
|2001||Outriders||Julia's Mother||2 episodes|
|2002||Ali G Indahouse||Julie|
|2002||Bad Girls||Cassie Tyler||12 episodes|
|2002||The House That Jack Built||Lisa Squire||6 episodes|
|2002||Silent Witness||DC Mona Westlake|
|2003||How (not) to Make A Short Film||Stefania||Short film|
|2005||Imagine Me and You||Terri|
|2005||Jericho||WPC Penny Collins|
|2005||The Alice||Lynette||1 episode|
|2006||Vital Signs||Yvonne||1 episode|
|2006||Two Women||Woman||1 episode|
|2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Kellie||Christmas Special|
|2008||New Tricks||Sarah Madeley||1 episode|
|2008||Horne and Corden||5 episodes|
|2009||Hotel Babylon||Meredith Sutton||1 episode|
|2009||Holby City||Joy Miller||2 episodes|
|2009||The Catherine Tate Show||Kelly||Nan's Christmas Carol|
|2010||Come Rain Come Shine||Joanne Mitchell||TV Movie|
|2010-2011||Rock and Chips||Joan Trotter||Main Cast|
|2012||One Night||Dawn||2 episodes|
|2013||Great Night Out||Shona||1 episode|
|2013||Casualty||Tina Caffola||1 episode|
|2013–present||EastEnders||Linda Carter||Main role|
|2014||Vera||Vanessa Barnes||1 episode|
|2014||Children In Need||Linda Carter||Grease Enders - EastEnders cast perform Grease|
|2014–||Loose Women||panellist||starting on Tuesday 2nd December 2014|
- "BBC Radio 4 - The Archers - Kate Madikane". BBC.
- "Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn stars in police drama Vera, written by Ann Cleeves - Western Morning News". Western Morning News.
- "BBC - Press Office - Rock & Chips press pack: Q&A with Kellie Bright".
- "BBC - Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright to join EastEnders - Media centre".
- "EastEnders' Kellie Bright: 'Linda Carter rape storyline is a challenge'". Digital Spy.
- "EastEnders star Kellie Bright marries longterm partner". Digital Spy.
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