Shelley Conn

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Shelley Conn
Born (1976-09-21) 21 September 1976 (age 38)
Barnet, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Jonathon Kerrigan
Children Oscar (b. 2012)

Shelley Conn (born 21 September 1976) is an English actress of Sri Lankan descent who was born to Anglo-Indian parents.

Early life and education[edit]

Conn was born in Barnet, London, England.[1] She is the great niece of actress Merle Oberon (Oberon's brother was Conn's grandfather).

She attended Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] Conn trained at Bretton Hall. She was a student at Cranbourne School, Basingstoke Hampshire.


After drama school, Conn had a series of bit-parts in various British films, before coming to prominence in Series Five of the popular BBC One series Down to Earth. In 2001, she picked up the role of PC Miriam Da Silva in BBC1's Mersey Beat and an irregularly recurring role in Casualty.

In 2002, Conn made her West End theatre stage debut in three plays in December 2002, after transferring from Stratford-upon-Avon in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Jacobean Season at the Gielgud Theatre - The Island Princess, Eastward Ho! and The Roman Actor.

Conn has now developed her roles between all three media (television, film and theatre), with a series of leading roles in various small budget European as well as British films; BBC character dramas such as The Innocence Project; and occasional returns to the RSC.

Conn starred as Ashika Chandiramani in the BBC series Party Animals.

In early 2008, Conn starred as Miranda Hill in The Palace, as Jessica in Mistresses and as Neela Sahjani in Trial & Retribution.

In 2009 she appeared as Claire in Dead Set.

In 2010 she played Danni Prendiville in the TV series Strike Back.

She was chosen by Steven Spielberg to be one of the leads in the $150 million TV series Terra Nova, which premiered on 26 September 2011.[3]

In 2014, Conn will appear in a TV series called The Letters.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Conn lives in London. She ran in the 2006 London Marathon.[5]

Conn married her boyfriend of over a decade, actor Jonathan Kerrigan around 2011. They have a son named Oscar, born in May 2012.[6]



  1. ^ Hahn, Katie (9 September 2011). "‘Terra Nova’ next stop on Conn’s acting journey". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "What Shelley Conn has to say about QMC". Destination Basingstoke. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Adams, Guy (1 October 2010). "Spielberg picks new leading lady from wards of 'Casualty'". The Independent. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lincolnshire actor Jonathan Kerrigan to star in BBC drama starting tonight". Lincolnshire Echo. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Flora London Marathon 2006 - 07 Celebrities and Politicians - Celebrities Running in 2006" (PDF). London Marathon. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Nutkins, Kirsty (21 September 2013). "Star of Mistress and By Any Means Shelley Conn tells of her secret marriage". Daily Express. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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