Melanie Clark Pullen
|Melanie Clark Pullen|
2 July 1977 |
|Melanie Clark Pullen|
Born and raised in Ireland, Clark Pullen studied drama at Trinity College, Dublin. Shortly after graduating, in June 1997, she was cast in her most notable role to date, as Mary Flaherty in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Playing the long-lost relative of Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard), Clark Pullen remained in the role for 18 months until her departure in early 1999.
Since her time in Albert Square, Clark Pullen has appeared in ITV's big-budget costume drama Lady Audley's Secret, starred in Catherine Cookson's A Dinner of Herbs and featured alongside Richard Attenborough and Jenny Agutter in the remake of the classic The Railway Children, all in 2000. Other credits include Doctors (2000), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005) and The Clinic (2006).
On stage, Clark Pullen starred as Mariane in Tartuffe at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2002; appeared as Perdita in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in the 2001 production at the National Theatre; and co-wrote and starred in Missing Stars at the Finborough Theatre in 2001.
In 2006 Clark Pullen wrote, directed and produced the short film Marion agus an Banphrionsa (Marion and the Princess), for which she won the Gradam Gael Linn award for the Best Short in the Irish Language at the 51st Cork Film Festival. She also produced another short, Sounds Good (2004), which was written by her partner Simon Maxwell.
Melanie Clark Pullen has appeared as Lisa Bacchus playing the wife of Policeman Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently.
Clark Pullen is married to the writer Simon Maxwell. After leaving EastEnders she admitted to suffering from panic attacks and depression as she struggled to cope with the instant fame she received from being in such a high-profile show. In a bid to help others cope with depression she teamed up with another writer, Aoife Maguire, to create Missing Stars, a play that was staged in 2001 in which she also starred. The purpose of the play was to show sufferers of depression that help is available.
References and notes
- Carton, Donna; "I felt so lonely and isolated when I went to work on EastEnders" Sunday Mirror, 4 February 2001 (Retrieved: 20 August 2009)
- "Finborough Theatre: Archive 2001" FinboroughTheatre.co.uk, 2001 (Retrieved: 20 August 2009)
- "Awards Archive: 51st Cork Film Festival" CorkFilmFest.org, 2006 (Retrieved: 20 August 2009)
- "Ex-EastEnders star Melanie Clark Pullin speaks out about her experience of depression" Mind.org.uk, 29 January 2001 (Retrieved: 20 August 2009)