Amelia Bullmore

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Amelia Bullmore
Born (1964-01-31) 31 January 1964 (age 53)
Chelsea, London, England
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Paul Higgins
Children 2

Amelia Bullmore (born 31 January 1964) is an English actress and writer. She began her career exclusively as an actress but began writing in 1995. Her writing credits include episodes for This Life, Attachments, Black Cab, and Scott & Bailey.

Early life[edit]

Bullmore was born in Chelsea, London.[1] She studied drama at Manchester University.[1][2]


Bullmore was a finalist for the Dennis Potter Award in 2000 for her 90-minute drama entitled The Middle. Her first stage play, Mammals, was the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was shortlisted for the What's On Best New Comedy Award. From 1990 until 1995, she played Steph Barnes in Coronation Street. She appeared as Sonja, the Ukrainian girlfriend of the title character in the second series of the comedy series I'm Alan Partridge. She also appeared on BBC Radio 4's phone-in spoof Down the Line.

In 2011 and 2012, Bullmore appeared in a series of Direct Line Insurance adverts playing an eccentric customer. She co-starred in the crime drama Scott & Bailey from 2011 to 2014. She also wrote several episodes of Scott & Bailey, including the 2014 2-part season finale, where her character, a Detective Chief Inspector, tries to cope with her alcoholism.

In 2013, Bullmore wrote a second play, Di and Viv and Rose, which was staged at Hampstead Theatre.[3] The play was eventually transferred to the West End in early 2015, where it ran at the Vaudeville Theatre before closing in March.[4] In 2016, she starred in the second series of Happy Valley, playing jealous mistress Vicky Fleming.

Personal life[edit]

Bullmore is married to Scottish actor Paul Higgins, whom she met while they were performing A View from the Bridge in Manchester in 1992.[5] The couple have two daughters, Mary and Flora.[1]


Acting credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990–1995 Coronation Street Steph Barnes
1994 Faith Ros TV miniseries
1997 Mrs Dalloway Rezia Warren Smith
1997 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Karen
1998 Big Train Various Roles 7 episodes
1998 Tilly Trotter Eilene Sopwith
2000 Jam Alison Shive 6 episodes
2002 I'm Alan Partridge Sonja Season 2 only
2003 State of Play Helen Prenger TV miniseries
2006/2007 Suburban Shootout Joyce Hazeldine
2008 Ashes to Ashes Caroline Price
2008 Lewis Caroline Hope Episode "Wild Justice"
2010 Agatha Christie's Poirot Judith Butler Hallowe'en Party
2011–2014 Scott & Bailey DCI Gill Murray
2011/2012 Twenty Twelve Kay Hope, Head of Sustainability
2012 Sherlock Dr Stapleton Episode "The Hounds of Baskerville"
2013 It's Kevin Various 4 episodes
2014 What We Did on Our Holiday Margaret McLeod
2015 Jekyll and Hyde Renata Jezequiel Episodes 5, 9 and 10
2016 Happy Valley Vicky Fleming
2016 The Crown Kathleen Sutherland

Writing credits[edit]


  • Down the Line on BBC Radio 4 – phone-in spoof – January 2007
  • Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends on BBC Radio 4 – January 2007
  • His Master's Voice – political satire – July 2007
  • Craven (radio series, as writer/creator (Series 5 written by Michelle Lipton)) on BBC Radio 4 – Series 1 – 2009, Series 2, 3 & 4 – 2012, Series 5 – 2013 and Series 6 – 2014
  • The Bat Man (Afternoon Play, as writer/creator) on BBC Radio 4 – 20 April 2011 (repeated 26 September 2012)
  • Love Love Love Like The Beatles (Drama of the Week) on BBC Radio 4 – 29 June 2012
  • Sweet Tooth (Book at Bedtime) on BBC Radio 4 – 7 September 2012


  1. ^ a b c Calkin, Jessamy (2 October 2014). "Scott and Bailey's Amelia Bullmore on acting, baking and her love of Bananagrams". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Gilbey, Ryan (15 January 2015). "Amelia Bullmore: ‘I love choppy waters'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Masters, Tim (13 February 2013). "Amelia Bullmore explores female friendship in Di and Viv and Rose". BBC News. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Editorial Staff (20 February 2015). "Di and Viv and Rose announces early closure". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Wylie, Ian (29 June 2011). "Back ‘home’ – former Coronation Street star Amelia Bullmore turned Scott & Bailey cop". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 

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