Kim Medcalf

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Kim Medcalf
Born Kim Louise Medcalf
(1973-12-08) 8 December 1973 (age 40)
Bromley, London, England
Nationality British
Education Newstead Wood School for Girls
Alma mater University of Bristol
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2002—present
Height 5' 5¾" (1.67 m)
Television EastEnders (2002–2005)
Parents Diane Medcalf
Peter Medcalf

Kim Louise Medcalf (born 8 December 1973[1]) is an English actress and occasional singer. She has made occasional appearances as a singer and is best known for playing the character Samantha Mitchell in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2002 to 2005.

Early life and personal life[edit]

Kim Medcalf was born in Bromley to parents Diane and Peter, where she grew up with her two older brothers. Medcalf completed her A-level studies at Newstead Wood School for Girls and later attended the University of Bristol to study Law.

On graduation, she became an account manager but while on holiday with friends she decided on a career change to acting.

With her husband, Simon, Kim has a daughter, Lily (b. May 2010), and a son, Will (b. July 2012).

Career[edit]

She enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After successfully completing the course, she took part in various theatre productions, including One Touch Of Venus at the King's Head in Islington.[2] in which Sheridan Morley wrote "Playing Venus is Kim Medcalf, an actress here making her professional debut straight from drama school: It is the most impressive I have seen in a musical for many a long year"

Acting[edit]

In 2002, Medcalf landed the role of Sam Mitchell, taking over from Danniella Westbrook.[2] She filmed her first scenes with Barbara Windsor in Spain. Just months after joining EastEnders, she was involved in a horrific car accident in France. After being cut out of her Toyota Yaris, which was being driven by her then boyfriend, the accident left her with multiple broken bones, the worst being her leg, which had to be pinned together using a metal rod.[3] She won the best newcomer award in 2002. Medcalf opted to leave Eastenders in 2005.[4] Her final scenes were filmed in September 2005 and screened in November of that year. Her character, Sam, having escaped possible imprisonment for being an accessory in the murder of Den Watts, left to join her brother, Grant Mitchell, in Brazil.[5] Her final scenes aired on 17 November 2005.

Medcalf's first post-EastEnders work included a role in a dramatic staged reading of The Penelopiad directed by Phyllida Lloyd at St James's Church, Piccadilly on 23 October 2005, appearances for Children in Need on 18 November 2005 and in South Pacific at the Symphony Hall on 29 & 30 November 2005. In Spring 2006, she began a four month run in the revival of Hay Fever at the Theatre Royal Haymarket alongside Judi Dench.

Medcalf was the host of the Mitchells Weekend on the UKTV Gold network. On 23 January 2007, she appeared in an episode of the BBC's Afternoon Play series called Death becomes him. In February and March 2007, Metcalf appeared as the "guest star" in a short UK tour of the West end hit The Play What I Wrote. On 2 April 2007, Medcalf took over the role of Sally Bowles from Anna Maxwell Martin in Rufus Norris' revival of Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre in the West End.[6] Her run as Bowles ended on 29 September 2007.

From 25 February until 1 March 2008, Medcalf appeared in a run of The Vagina Monologues at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, alongside Sue Holderness and Shobna Gulati.[7] In March 2008, she appeared in an episode of The Fixer for ITV1, and then played a lead role in Harley Street, a daytime series for ITV1.[6]

In early 2009, she appeared in another run of The Vagina Monologues, this time in Nottingham,[7]

In March 2009, it was reported that EastEnders bosses were planning a return of Sam Mitchell, but they were trying to lure back Danniella Westbrook. It was confirmed by the BBC in April 2009 that Westbrook would be returning as Sam in the Summer of 2009, not Medcalf. [8]

Medcalf appeared in two episodes of BBC1 drama Missing in 2010.

Singing[edit]

Medcalf is a mezzo-soprano and in 2003 she showcased her singing ability at the Eastenders Christmas party TV special, where she sang "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Subsequently, she was invited to join the students of the 2005 Comic Relief does Fame Academy. Medcalf performed various songs including "Don't Know Why" and "Perfect", as well as group songs with other students. After the judges were initially confused about Medcalf's voice, she prevailed, helped by an emotional performance of Delta Goodrem's "Born to Try", and finished in second place behind Radio One's Edith Bowman.

On 11 September 2005, Medcalf performed at London's Hyde Park where she took part in the BBC Family Prom; she performed her own version of "Over the Rainbow" accompanied by the BBC Orchestra. On 16 July 2006, she sang at Love letter to Dan, a Gala tribute to Dan Crawford, the late founder of the The King's Head Theatre.

Filmography[edit]

TV[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2002–2005 EastEnders Sam Mitchell Series regular
2002, 2004, 2005 EastEnders Revealed Herself 3 episodes
2002 Sport Relief Herself 1 episode
2003, 2007 Richard & Judy Herself Guest
2003, 2004 EastEnders Christmas Party Herself Regular
2004, 2005 GMTV Herself 3 episodes
2004 The Terry and Gaby Show Herself 1 episode
2005 Comic Relief Does Fame Academy Herself Regular, Runner up
2005 This Morning Herself 2 episodes
2005 Breakfast Herself Guest
2005 Top of the Pops Herself Guest
2005 Children in Need Herself Guest
2006 Death Becomes Him Laura Manning Regular
2006 The Xtra Factor Herself Guest
2007 Mitchells Weekend Herself Presenter
2007 Saturday Kitchen Herself Guest
2008 The Fixer Caroline Risdale 1 episode
2008 Harley Street Nurse Annie Harke Regular
2010 Missing Adele Scott 2 episodes
2011 Daybreak Herself 1 episode
2011 Lorraine Herself 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://web.researcha.com/iccquery/detail/?did=3246905&c=uk
  2. ^ a b "Kim Medcalf". BBC Eastenders. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  3. ^ Shakinovsky, Tania (3 July 2002). "EastEnders star in car crash". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Medcalf and Ryan quitting 'EastEnders'?". Digital Spy. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Medcalf speaks about quitting 'Enders". Digital Spy. 20 March 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  6. ^ a b "On the Couch with Dr Hillary.... Kim Medcalf". Fabulous Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  7. ^ a b "The Vagina Monologues: Ex-EastEnder Kim Medcalf". This Is Nottingham. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Ender Kim in tsunami orphan aid". The Sun (London). 21 December 2009. 

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