24 September 1983 |
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, UK
Her highest-profile television roles to date include Down to Earth (in which she played Emma Murphy, the wayward daughter of Ricky Tomlinson and Denise Welch), Holby City, Doctors, Mike Bassett: Manager and Family Affairs, in which she played Eve O'Brien. After producers realised the popularity of her character, they decided the last episode should centre around Eve's wedding to Nathan. In addition, she has guest presented the CBBC show Xchange and Diggit on ITV.
She has just completed filming the Nicholas Winter feature film Breathe, released in 2009 and is currently filming a new British comedy feature film Mixed Up playing the daughter of Billy Murray and starring alongside Adele Silva, Lee Otway, Abi Titmuss and Sylvester McCoy, due for release in 2009, directed by Lawrence Pearce. Zara will start filming feature film Turnout in August 2010 with Ophelia Lovibond, Frank Harper, Neil Maskell and Ben Drew.
On stage, she has appeared as "Juliet" in the West End musical version of Romeo and Juliet. and other theatre work includes "Jo" in Little Women, "Roberta" in The Railway Children. and "Hermia" in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was also a backing vocalist for Charlotte Church alongside EastEnders' Kara Tointon.
Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, she is an alumna of the primary school Silfield School and Wisbech Grammar School, the Sylvia Young Theatre School and Redroofs Theatre School. Zara began her career as a ballerina dancing for the Royal Ballet Company before to turning to acting & singing. She is engaged to actor Alexis James, most noted for creating the on-stage role of "The Artillery Man" in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
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