Alexandra Roach

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Alexandra Roach
Born Alexandra Elizabeth Roach
(1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 30)
Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Alexandra Elizabeth Roach (born 23 August 1987)[1] is a Welsh actress.

Life and career[edit]

Roach was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales. A number of her relatives, including her father Jeff (who went on to work for the Welsh Rugby Union), her brother and her sister, were part of the police force at one point.[2] A fluent Welsh speaker, Roach appeared in long-running television soap Pobol Y Cwm in her early teens and won Best Juvenile Actor in a Soap at the Children in Entertainment Awards.[3] After leaving the show in 2005, she spent time with the National Youth Theatre of Wales before going on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating with a B.A. in acting in 2010. In May 2010 Roach appeared in The Door Never Closes by Rex Obano at The Almeida Theatre.[4] A number of high-profile roles followed, including Sasha in Being Human, Beth Partridge in Candy Cabs, and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (in which she played notorious child murderer Constance Kent).

Roach starred as a young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.[5] She appeared as Helene in Sky Comedy's Hunderby in autumn 2012.[6] Roach has also been cast as Molly in the film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 2003 novel Private Peaceful.[7] She was included on the Screen International "Stars of Tomorrow" list in 2011.[8] In 2013, she starred in the British TV series Utopia.

On 3 June 2013, Roach appeared in the fifth episode of new ITV comedy Vicious, as Ash's vegan girlfriend Chloe. She returned to the role for one episode in June 2015. On 8 August 2014, she appeared in the inaugural episode of the BBC comedy Walter. In 2015 she starred in the TV series No Offence as DS Joy Freers.

In 2016 she became engaged to club promoter Jack Scales.[2] She noted that she has non-epileptic attack disorder, but chooses not to take medication for it as "it’s triggered by lifestyle choices."[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Constance Kent Television film
The Iron Lady Young Margaret Thatcher
2012 Night of the Loving Dead Felicity Short film
Loserville Kathryn Television film
Trap for Cinderella Do
Private Peaceful Molly Monks
Anna Karenina Countess Nordston
Girls' Night Out Princess Elizabeth
2013 One Chance Julie-Ann Cooper
The Thirteenth Tale Hester Barrow Television film
2014 Cuban Fury Helen
Testament of Youth Winifred Holtby
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Doreena

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2005 Pobol Y Cwm Elin
2010 The IT Crowd Stenographer Episode: "Reynholm vs Reynholm"
2011 Being Human Sasha Episode: "Type 4"
Candy Cabs Beth Partridge 3 episodes
New Tricks Nina Ward Episode: "Moving Target"
2012 Hunderby Helene
2013, 2015 Vicious Chloe Episodes: "Dinner Party" (2013), "Stag Do" (2015)
2013–2014 Utopia Becky
2014 Walter Detective Constable Annie Hopkins Episode: "Pilot"
2015–present No Offence DS Joy Freers[10]
2017 Inside No. 9 Nina/Charlotte Episode: "The Riddle of the Sphinx"
2017 Black Mirror Carrie Episode: "Black Museum"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexandra Roach [@alexandraroach1] (23 August 2014). "My birthday is going a bit like this.... 💗💗💗" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ a b Curtis, Nick (21 April 2016). "Alexandra Roach: 'I'm not a movie star. Yet'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Young actress wins soap award". BBC News. 2003-02-18. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  4. ^ "The Door Never Closes". 
  5. ^ Jody Thompson (17 February 2011). "The Iron Lady: Alexandra Roach set to become star alongside Meryl Streep as young Margaret Thatcher". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Comedy's A-List Join Julia Davis' Hunderby". Sky.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Sarah (2011-08-19). "Screen Star Alexandra Roach joins all British cast of Private Peaceful". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Screen unveils 2011 Stars of Tomorrow". Screendaily.com. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  9. ^ Hockney, Karen (3 May 2015). "Alexandra Roach shakes up primetime drama". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Cast announced for Paul Abbott's No Offence - Channel 4 - Info - Press". www.channel4.com. 

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