Kellie Bright

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Kellie Bright
Born Kellie Bright
(1976-07-01) 1 July 1976 (age 38)
Essex, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Paul Stocker (m. 2014)
Children 1

Kellie Bright (born 1 July[1] 1976[citation needed]) is an English actress who is best known for her role as Linda Carter in BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Bright has been acting since she was 11, appearing on stage in shows such as Annie and Les Misérables, before landing a place at the Sylvia Young Theatre School[1] whose alumni also include Denise Van Outen, Samantha Janus and Danniella Westbrook. As a child actress, she appeared in several different series' on British television in the late 1980s and the 1990s, including T-Bag and Maid Marian and her Merry Men. In 1990, at the age of 13, 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.

After The Upper Hand had finished, Bright has said that she struggled to make ends meet. She says, "I didn't have any acting work, so I got a job waiting on tables to pay the mortgage, but it was while The Upper Hand was still on air. Next thing I know, a customer had called a newspaper saying I was there and some photographers appeared out of the blue snapping away." [2] She also worked as a receptionist at a nightclub in London. She continued, "I was getting rejected from one job after another and no matter how much I tried not to take it personally, a part of me couldn't help but think: 'I was too ugly to get that part'." [2] Bright played Kate Madikane (née Aldridge) in Radio 4's The Archers, and has been with the series since 1995.

Recent Work[edit]

Bright has also had main roles in Bad Girls[3] and BBC radio programme The Archers.[4] 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.[5]

Bright also starred as Joan Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock and Chips, from 2010 until 2011.[6]

2013–present: EastEnders[edit]

In October 2013, Bright was cast as Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[7] 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 (Sam Strike) is gay. In October 2014, Linda was involved in a controversial storyline where she was raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). 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".[8] Bright was praised for her performance during this storyline. Bright won the 2014 Digital Spy's Readers Award for Best Female Soap Actress.[9] Along with Dyer, Bright was nominated for "Best On-screen Partnership" at The British Soap Awards 2014 for the relationship between Mick and Linda. In 2015, she was nominated for the "Serial Drama Performance" award at the National Television Awards,[10] however the award was won by Dyer.[11] She has been nominated for "Best Actress" and "Best Dramatic Performance" at The British Soap Awards 2015. Bright won both.

On 12 March 2015, Bright revealed that she had received "personal letters" from rape victims who had been affected by Linda's story, leaving her feeling "humbled" be the audience' response.

Voice Work[edit]

In 1992, Bright voiced the character of Beauty in the Bevanfield Films production of Beauty and the Beast. She has also voiced several video game characters, including the Hero of Brightwall in the game Fable III in 2010. In 2011, Bright did voicework for Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles as the medic Sharla.[12]

Other work[edit]

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"

Personal life[edit]

Bright married her long-term partner, Paul Stocker, in Trelill, Cornwall on 5 July 2014; the couple have a son called Freddie.[13] She has previously dated actor Ross McCall, whom she has known since she was 11.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Brush Strokes Child
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
1997 Blackrock Leesha
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 Kinky Boots Jeannie
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 Kelly 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 Regular role
2014 Vera Vanessa Barnes 1 episode
2014 Children In Need Linda Carter Grease Enders - EastEnders cast perform Grease

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 The British Soap Awards Best On-Screen Parternership (with Danny Dyer) EastEnders Nominated
2014 Digital Spy Reader's Award Best Female Soap Actor EastEnders Won
2015 National Television Awards Outstanding Serial Drama Performance EastEnders Nominated
2015 The British Soap Awards Best Actress EastEnders Won
2015 The British Soap Awards Best Dramatic Performance EastEnders Won

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