Lisa Diveney

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Lisa Diveney
Born Lisa Diveney
(1984-05-07) 7 May 1984 (age 30)
Wales, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Lisa Diveney (born 7 May 1984) is a British actress from Wales.

She played Beth in the Only Fools and Horses comedy spin-off The Green Green Grass, who was Boyice's son Tyler's girlfriend in series 1 - 3, she has more recently appeared in an episode of BBC drama Call the Midwife.


Early life and education[edit]

Diveney trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Acting career[edit]

Before graduating, Diveney was cast as Molly in Gompers[1] directed by Roisin McBrinn at the Arcola Theatre. She then appeared in Afterlife[2] with Andrew Lincoln, Breaking News and The Story of Tracy Beaker.

In 2005 John Sullivan (writer) cast Diveney in the role of Beth in The Green Green Grass[3] where she played opposite Jack Doolan (actor) and appeared in Series 1-3, after originally auditioning for the role of Rhian, Tyler's teacher. She went on to appear in Cleansed[4] directed by Sean Holmes at the Arcola Theatre, Arms and the Man[5] at Salisbury Playhouse and in Michael Grandage's production of John Gabriel Borkman[6] for the Donmar Warehouse where Ian McDiarmid and Penelope Wilton headed the cast.

In 2008 Diveney played the lead in Maj-Britt La Cour's Park Close[7] which won Best Student Film at the Mexico International Film Festival. In the same year she also appeared in the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and Natural Selection[8] at Theatre 503.

Diveney played the title role in Julius Amedume's short film Lorraine[9] which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival In 2009. The same year she played Young Enid in the biopic Enid[10] alongside Helena Bonham Carter, followed by her portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie[11] at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

In 2010 Diveney appeared as Colette in the premiere of Frank McGuinness' play Greta Garbo Came to Donegal[12] at the Tricycle Theatre, followed by the premiere of A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky[13] by David Eldridge, Robert Holman and Simon Stephens at the Lyric Hammersmith.

In 2011 Diveney appeared as series regular Kate Travers in the ITV1 Drama Injustice[14] where she played the on-screen daughter of James Purefoy and Dervla Kirwan; Leah in New Tricks: End of the Line[15] and Bridget in Bijan Sheibani's production of Moonlight[16] at the Donmar Warehouse, where she starred alongside David Bradley and Daniel Mays.

2013 saw Diveney play Julia Masterson in Series 2 of the BBC award winning drama Call the Midwife,[17] Claire in Brian Friel's Aristocrats[18] at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Julia in the World Premiere of Parallel Lines [19] by Kath Chandler, which won Best English Language Production Critics Choice at the Theatre Critics Wales Awards 2014.[20]

Diveney recently appeared as Sasha in the critically acclaimed premiere of Moses Raine's Donkey Heart[21] directed by Nina Raine at the Old Red Lion.

in 2014 Diveney starred alongside Sir Tony Robinson and Imogen Stubbs in the tour production of the Hyperchondriac [22]


  1. ^ Billington, Michael (4 September 2004). "Gompers, Arcola, London. Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Afterlife - Misdirection. Episode Cast and Crew". uk. Retrieved 15 October 2005. 
  3. ^ "'The Green Green Grass' Who's Who". Shazam Productions Ltd. Retrieved 2009. 
  4. ^ Billington, Michael (4 September 2004). "Sarah Kane’s Cleansed & Phaedra’s Love Revived". London: What's On Stage. Retrieved 20 October 2005. 
  5. ^ "Arms and the Man (Playhouse, Salisbury) Archive". UKTW. 
  6. ^ "'John Gabriel Borkman'". Donmar Warehouse. 
  7. ^ "'Park Close'". NFTS. Retrieved 2009. 
  8. ^ "Theatre review: Natural Selection at Theatre 503". British Theatre Guide. 
  9. ^ "Julius Amedume 'Lorraine'". Curtis Brown. 
  10. ^ "BBC Four's 'Enid'". BBC. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ "Theatr Clwyd 'The Glass Menagerie' Review". The Stage. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  12. ^ Bassett, Kate (17 January 2010). "Frank McGuinness premier 'Greta Garbo Came to Donegal' Review". London: The Independent. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "'A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky' Review". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  14. ^ ""Injustice" – Crime Thriller by Anthony Horowitz Review". The Global Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "New Tricks, Series 8, End of the Line". BBC. 
  16. ^ "Dance Review: Harold Pinter's Moonlight, Donmar Warehouse, London". Express. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "BBC One Call the Midwife". BBC. 
  18. ^ ""Aristocrats" - Clwyd Theatr Cwymru". 
  19. ^ ""Parallel Lines" - Review". Wales Arts Review. Retrieved November 2013. 
  20. ^ ""Parallel Lines" - Success at Theatre Critics Wales Awards 2014". 
  21. ^ ""Donkey Heart" by Moses Raine- Evening Standard Review". Evening Standard. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
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