Kellie Bright

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Kellie Bright
Born (1976-07-01) 1 July 1976 (age 38)
Essex, England
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Paul Stocker (2014-)
Children 1 son

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.

Career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

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.

Recent Work[edit]

Bright has also had main roles in Bad Girls[1] and BBC radio programme The Archers.[2] 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.[3]

Bright also starred as Joan Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock and Chips, from 2010 until 2011.[4]

EastEnders[edit]

In October 2013, Bright was cast as Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[5] 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".[6] 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.

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" In 2011, Bright did voicework for Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles as the medic Sharla.

Personal life[edit]

Bright married her long-term partner, Paul Stocker, in Trelill, Cornwall on 5 July 2014; the couple have a son.[7]

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 Brushstrokes 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 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

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