Ali Bastian

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Ali Bastian
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Alexandra Louise Bastian

(1982-02-27) 27 February 1982 (age 37)[1][2]
Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Years active1992–present
David O' Mahoney (m. 2019)

Alexandra Louise "Ali" Bastian (born 27 February 1982)[1][2] is an English television actress, best known for playing Becca Dean in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2001 to 2007, and PC Sally Armstrong in long-running ITV drama series The Bill from 2007 to 2009. From February 2019, Bastian began appearing in the regular role of new Practice Manager Becky Clarke in the daytime soap Doctors.


Born in Windsor, Berkshire, Bastian attended the Redroofs Theatre School in nearby Maidenhead from the ages of 10 to 13, and started professional acting with a role in Jane Eyre aged 10.[3][not in citation given] She then attended Claires Court School, The College (now Claires Court Senior Girls), Maidenhead.


Bastian joined the Channel 4 soap in 2001. She was involved in a controversial storyline in Hollyoaks where her character was fired from her teaching job and sent to prison after having an affair with one of her students. In December 2005, alongside her Hollyoaks cast mates Jodi Albert and Sarah Jayne Dunn, Bastian appeared in an exercise video called Hollyoaks Get Fit. At the 2006 British Soap Awards Bastian and Chris Fountain won the award for best storyline. She departed the show in 2007.

Other television work[edit]

Bastian has also appeared on television in Cavegirl, A Touch of Frost, Twenty Four 7, and Here After.

Bastian joined the long-running ITV police drama The Bill as PC Sally Armstrong in summer 2007,[4][5] and departed in late 2009.[3]

In late 2018, it was announced that Bastian had joined the cast of BBC daytime soap Doctors. She plays Becky Clarke, the new Practice Manager who replaces the departed Mrs Tembe (Lorna Laidlaw). Bastian's first episode as Becky aired on 5 February 2019.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

She was a contestant, departing in the semi-final on Strictly Come Dancing 2009, where she was partnered with Brian Fortuna. In week 11 Bastian severely bruised the bones of her foot while training. Doctors later gave her the all clear to go ahead and perform. There was doubt about her fitness to perform in the show's semifinal. After successfully performing, Ali and Brian were eliminated, finishing in third place out of sixteen couples.[6] Bastian currently holds the celebrity record for the American Smooth and the Viennese Waltz, receiving a perfect score for both of these dances. The pair danced again in the Strictly Come Dancing 2009 Christmas Special, and won having again scored 40/40 for their Viennese Waltz.

Bastian then joined Fortuna in the West End dance show Burn the Floor, which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 21 July 2010 and ran until 4 September 2010.

Stage work[edit]

Bastian has starred alongside Dawn Steele and Matthew Lewis in the UK touring version of Bill Kenwright's production of Verdict by Agatha Christie, playing alter-ego Helen Rollander.[7]

Other work[edit]

Bastian was signed to Storm Models,[8] and has worked for Littlewoods within a new range called Drama Queens.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Bastian dated her Hollyoaks co-star and on-screen husband Kevin Sacre. During their two-year relationship, they appeared in a celebrity couples edition of the quiz show The Weakest Link. The couple broke up in early 2006.

Ali was engaged to musician Tom Clay in 2013.[10]


  • 1992: Jane Eyre (BBC) – Young Jane
  • 1997: FairyTale: A True Story – Fairy
  • 1998: Next Birthday – Monica
  • 1999: A Touch of Frost – Lisa Harper
  • 2001-2007: Hollyoaks – Becca Dean
  • 2002: Come Together – Tara
  • 2007-2009: The Bill – PC Sally Armstrong
  • 2012: Strippers vs Werewolves – Dani
  • 2014: Jonathan Creek – The Letters Of Septimus Noone, episode 5.1
  • 2015: Death in Paradise – Jenny Burgess, episode 4.4
  • 2016: Undercover Hooligan - DC Baker
  • 2017: Holby City - episode 'Sleep Well' and hungry heart as a patient)
  • 2017: Who Is Alice – Alice & Nina (leading role)
  • 2017: You Can Tutu - Kat (Lead dance teacher)[11]
  • 2019-: Doctors - Becky Clarke (regular role)

Stage Work[edit]

  • Paddington Bear- Novello Theatre
  • The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe- Novello Theatre
  • Once Upon A Time- Novello Theatre
  • Burn The Floor- Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Agatha Christie 'Verdict'- UK tour 2011
  • Chicago - UK Tour 2012
  • Breathless - Soho Theatre 2013


  1. ^ a b Ali Bastian [@alibastian] (27 February 2015). "So this is what I walked into this morning!!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2016-01-23 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Biography for Ali Bastian on IMDb
  3. ^ a b "Exclusive: Sexy Ali Bastian quits cop show for ballroom blitz". Sunday Mail. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  4. ^ "Ali Bastian joins the ranks of The Bill". 21 February 2007.
  5. ^ "'Hollyoaks' star Bastian joined 'The Bill'". 17 February 2007.
  6. ^ "Ali Bastian injured on 'Strictly'". Archived from the original on 2009-11-27.
  7. ^ "Agatha Christie's Verdict". Archived from the original on 9 Jan 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Ali Bastian at Storm Models". Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  9. ^ Roberts, Joanne (6 January 2011). "Drama Queens at Littlewoods". Littlewoods Blog. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  10. ^ Martin, Lara (22 October 2013). "Ex-Hollyoaks star Ali Bastian engaged: see her gorgeous ring!". Reveal. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
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