Anna Acton

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Anna Acton
Born (1977-01-29) 29 January 1977 (age 40)
Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Occupation Actress
Known for

Rochelle Barratt in The Bill

DC Emma Summerhayes in EastEnders (2014-15)

Anna Acton (born 29 January 1977, Marlow, Buckinghamshire) is an English actress who is best known for her role as Rochelle Barratt, the wife of a borough commander in the ITV television series The Bill. Prior to appearing in The Bill, Acton played the long-suffering yet bubbly Geri Evans in the soap opera Family Affairs for three and a half years.

Acton also appeared in two episodes of Doctors as Rachel Cook (April 2006) and later as Keira Chesterton (Feb 2008) and Hollyoaks (October 2006) as DC Mullins. In May 2007, she starred as Louise Martin in two episodes of HolbyBlue for the BBC. In August 2008 she appeared with Paul Nicholls in Harley Street (ITV) and was also seen as Dorothy in the CGI Sketch Show for BBC The Wrong Door.

Since 2013, Anna has played the role of Joy in the Cbeebies programme Topsy and Tim. From 21 April 2014 to the 2 January 2015, she portrayed DC Emma Summerhayes, the police officer investigating Lucy Beale's (Hetti Bywater) murder, in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.

In 2015-2016, Anna appeared in the BBC One medical soap Casualty as Nikki Chisom.

In May 2017, Acton recorded a Sleep Story for meditation and mindfulness app, Calm.[1] In this recording, she reads the classic story The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams. Sleep Stories, launched by Calm in December 2016, are bedtime stories for adults.[2][3]


  1. ^ "'Sleep Stories' mixes soothing words with music to help you drift off". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  2. ^ "These Bedtime Stories Are Designed To Lull Grownups To Sleep". Fast Company. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Trouble sleeping? Why adults need bedtime stories too". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 

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