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Morse in 2009 at Wendy Richard's funeral service
1 August 1945
Dorking, Surrey, England
Dancing On Ice (2012)
I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! (2013)
|Relatives||Gary Oldman (brother)|
Laila Morse (born Maureen Oldman 1 August 1945 in Dorking, Surrey) is an English actress, best known for playing Mo Harris in BBC series EastEnders, and Janet in the 1997 movie Nil by Mouth, which was written and directed by her younger brother, Hollywood actor Gary Oldman.
She was married to Gerald Bromfield from 1962 to 1970 and they had two children, Gerry and Tracy Bromfield.
She is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with the illness in May 2001 and recovered within a year. She lives in New Cross, South East London.
Morse found fame relatively late in life. She was fifty-two when her first film Nil by Mouth was released in 1997. The BAFTA winning movie marked the debut of her brother Gary Oldman as a writer and producer. Morse's performance as the matriarch won her the award of 'Most Promising Newcomer in any Category' at the British Independent Film Awards. Although she had no formal acting training, Morse had a natural quality that she brought to the screen, and further roles were forthcoming.
Her first job on television was in The Bill for two episodes, which was followed by a regular role as Honky Mum in the BBC comedy series Honky Sausages, and the character Molly in the 1999 TV production of Great Expectations, which starred Ioan Gruffudd and Charlotte Rampling.
In 2000, Morse played Laila in the hit film Love, Honour and Obey, where she co-starred with Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Sean Pertwee, Denise Van Outen and Kathy Burke, who had been her co-star in Nil By Mouth. In the same year she made her first appearance as Mo Harris in EastEnders, she later admitted to being terrified when she was offered the part.
Morse's first scene in the soap opera was with Pam St Clement, who played Pat Butcher. A couple of weeks later, a television critic said that Morse had acted like "a lump of cardboard". Recalling the article, Morse replied: "I daresay he was right! I was bloody petrified." She admitted that it was only three years later before she started to feel comfortable on set.
On 19 February 2010 Morse appeared on The Weakest Link in a special EastEnders edition, alongside her co-stars and former co-stars, Adam Woodyatt, Laurie Brett, Larry Lamb, Todd Carty, Ricky Groves, John Partridge, Charlie G. Hawkins and John Altman. She lost in the final round to Laurie Brett.
In January 2012 she took part in the ITV talent show Dancing On Ice. She also published her autobiography Just A Mo which detailed her troubled love life, which included men who beat and betrayed her, and her love story to a man she knew and fell in love with again some twenty-five years later.
In December 2012, Morse made her pantomime debut as the fairy in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk.
In August 2013, Morse was declared bankrupt.
In November, 2013, Morse entered the Australian jungle in ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (UK TV series). She was the second participant to be voted out of the series on December 2nd.
|1995||Honky Sausages||Honky Mum|
|1997||The Bill||Janice Ryan|
|2008||The Alan Titchmarsh Show||Herself|
|2009||Come Dine With Me||Herself|
|2010||EastEnders: E20||Mo Harris|
|2010||The Weakest Link||Herself|
|2012||Dancing On Ice||Herself|
|2013||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Herself|
|1997||Nil By Mouth||Janet|
|1998||One In Something|
|2000||Love, Honour and Obey||Lin|
|2011||Big Fat Gypsy Gangster||Aunt Queenie|
1998 British Independent Film Awards: Winner: Most Promising Newcomer in any Category (Laila Morse)
- "French student murders: Accused tried to break into EastEnders Mo’s home'". 2009-05-13.
- "Getting their skates on! Jennifer Ellison, Heidi Range and Sadie Frost hit the rink ahead of next year's Dancing On Ice". 2011-10-17.
- "EastEnders' Big Mo, otherwise known as Laila Morse, declared bankrupt - News - TV & Radio". The Independent. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-08-21.