|Born||Zöe Elizabeth Lucker
11 April 1974
|Television||Footballers' Wives (2002–05)
Waterloo Road (2013–14)
Strictly Come Dancing
|Partner(s)||Richard Forshaw (m. 2001-2001 James Herbert (e. 2007–present)|
|Children||Lilly Alabama Herbert (2 September 2008)|
Zöe Elizabeth Lucker (born 11 April 1974 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) is an English actress best known for playing the roles of Tanya Turner on ITV's Footballers' Wives and a crossover appearance in Bad Girls. Lucker also played Vanessa Gold in EastEnders and Carol Barry in Waterloo Road.
Lucker studied acting at Oscars Academy of Performing arts in Huddersfield, and later at the Manchester Arden School of Theatre. In 1996 she made her television debut in Brazen Hussies playing Busty Babs. Later that year she appeared in three episodes of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. In the next four years, she appeared on Doctors, Where the Heart Is, Barbara and Killer Net.
Lucker got her big acting break when she got the part of the nations favourite WAG and super-bitch Tanya Turner on ITV's trashy drama Footballers' Wives, which made her a household name on British television. In 2004, she was nominated and won a TV Quick and TV Choice Award for 'Best Actress' for her role of Tanya Turner; she was also nominated for a National Television Award in the category of 'Most Popular Actress' for her work on Footballers' Wives and made an appearance in sister show, ITV's Bad Girls as her Footballers' Wives character. The viewers halved when she left the show in series 4, cementing her status as being the most popular character and star of the show. She later came back in series 5 to star in the dramatic storylines alongside Joan Collins
From 2002 through to 2005, she made many appearances presenting GMTV in various locations all over the world including Africa and Cuba. In 2004, she co-hosted the British Academy Television Awards 2004, and guest presented on CD:UK in 2005. Her first main presenting work was on the Living home makeover show Love the Place You're In.
In 2005, Lucker toured New Zealand extensively in the play Then Comes Love as the female lead Jane opposite Shane Cortese and played the lead role in Bombshell for ITV1, which is yet to be screened on British Television but has been broadcast in New Zealand and sold to a number of other countries. She appeared in HolbyBlue for the BBC playing the character Kate Keenan. However, due to low ratings during the second series the BBC decided to axe the program in August 2008.
In 2009, Lucker appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire alongside John Suchet, winning £150,000 for the Caron Keating Foundation and took part in the BBC reality show Strictly Come Dancing along with her Footballers' Wives co-star Laila Rouass. She was eliminated seventh on 31 October, after being in a dance-off with Ali Bastian, even though she had one of the top scores. In November 2009 it was confirmed that she would take part in the Strictly Come Dancing 2010 live tour at arenas across the UK.
In June 2012, Lucker joined the cast of Waterloo Road to play Carol Barry the head of the crime family from Liverpool, alongside her three children Barry, Dynasty and Kacey played by Carl Au, Abby Mavers and Brogan Ellis respectively.
After announcing her engagement to long term boyfriend James Herbert in February 2008, Lucker announced she was pregnant in March 2008 with her first baby, which was due on 28 August 2008. She had a baby girl named Lilly Alabama Herbert on 2 September 2008, weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces (4.0 kg), five days after her due date .
Lucker said meeting Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was one of the most influential moments in her life. She said he was "an extremely charismatic man, and his great presence could be felt the moment he walked into the room". Following the stress of filming Footballer's Wives, Lucker looked for ways to relax and bought a book written by the Dalai Lama The Art of Happiness. She made a pilgrimage to Dharamsala, in northern India to film the documentary A Date with the Dalai Lama for ITV2 with her Footballers' Wives co-star Sarah Barrand, and describes her meeting him as a life changing event: "When I first saw him my whole body just went into this weird state. We'd just trekked the Himalayas and there was this huge sea of people waiting to see him. Yet it was incredibly serene. Then he walked past us, about 3ft away, and waved. It's the first time I've ever been starstruck."
|1996||Coronation Street||Sonia Leach||ITV||2 episodes|
|1996||Brazen Hussies||Busty Babs||BBC Two||Television film|
|1997||Where the Heart Is||Jane||ITV||Series 1, episode 3: "Summoned by Bells"|
|1998||Killer Net||Carol||Channel 4||Mini-series; 3 episodes|
|1999||Boyz Unlimited||Kirsty Bellamy||Channel 4||Episode 5|
|1999||Barbara||Karen||ITV||Series 1, episode 2: "Rivals"|
|2000||Doctors||Sandy Hansen||BBC One||1 episode|
|2000||Trial & Retribution||Catrina Roberts||ITV||2 episodes|
|2002||Holby City||Sharon Simons||BBC One||Series 4, episode 46 "Pawns in the Game"|
|2002–06||Footballers' Wives||Tanya Turner||ITV||Main role; series 1–5 - 35 episodes|
|2004||Bad Girls||Tanya Turner||ITV||Guest role; series 6 - 3 episodes|
|2006||Bombshell||Jenna Marston||ITV||Main role; series 1 - 7 episodes|
|2007–08||HolbyBlue||Kate Keenan||BBC One||Main role; series 1–2 - 20 episodes|
|2010–11||Eastenders||Vanessa Gold||BBC One||96 episodes|
|2013–14||Waterloo Road||Carol Barry||BBC One||Recurring role - series 8; main role - series 9|
- Nominated for Most Popular Actress, 2004 – National Television Awards
- Most Popular Actress, 2004 TV Quick Awards
Strictly Come Dancing results
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Group Mambo||Group Performance – Not Judged|
|2||Waltz/ Someday My Prince Will Come – Barbra Streisand||7||8||7||8||30|
|2||Rumba/ Outta Reach – Gabrielle||8||7||8||8||31|
|3||Paso Doble/ You've Got The Love – Candi Staton||7||8||8||8||31|
|4||Foxtrot/ This Will Be Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole||8||9||8||8||33|
|5||Jive/ Tainted Love – Gloria Jones||7||8||8||7||30|
|6||American Smooth/ My Girl – The Temptations||8||8||9||8||33|
|7||Samba/ Boogie Nights – Heatwave||7||8||9||8||32|
- England & Wales births 1837-2006
- According to the State of London. London Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, London Department of Health Services, London. At Ancestry.com
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