Anna Brecon

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Anna Brecon
Born Anna Davies[1]
1971 (age 45–46)
Wiltshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Stephen Beckett

Anna Brecon (born Anna Davies in 1971) is an English actress, known for portraying Tara Reynolds ('Lady Tara') in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.


Brecon attended South Wilts Grammar School for Girls in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Whilst at school, she was a contestant on the iconic '80s teen quiz show "Blockbusters" and did three "Goldruns". Brecon trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.[2]

She is married to actor Stephen Beckett, whom she met when both were cast in a production of The Blue Room at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton.[3] They married in 2002, and have a daughter, Nancy, and a son, Wilfred.[3] They currently live in Brighton.[4]

Brecon suffered a minor injury, receiving cuts and bruises, in the Hatfield rail disaster on 17 October 2000, while on her way from London to the Yorkshire Television Studios in Leeds.[5]


Brecon played the part of Tara in Emmerdale between 1997 and 2002, with a year off in 1999. She returned briefly in this role on 28 May 2007.[6] Her other television work includes Canary Wharf, Crime Traveller, The Bill and Doctors. Brecon has also been involved with two advertising campaigns for Ferrero Rocher.[2]

Her film credits include Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis, FairyTale: A True Story, Only Darkness, Mixed Up and the horror film Exposé.[7]

Brecon's theatre work includes Sugar Daddies, Miss Julie, The Children's Hour, Between the Gods and the Gutter and Woman in Mind.[2]


Brecon won the Most Popular Newcomer Award at the 1998 National Television Awards,[8] and Best Soap Newcomer at the TV Quick Awards in the same year.[7] She also won Best Actress at the 2000 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, for her performance in The Blue Room.[2]



Year Show Role Notes
1996 Canary Wharf Claudia Soap opera
1997 Crime Traveller Journalist
- Fashion Shoot (1997)
TV series
The Bill Sharon McCarthy
- Tommy the Hero (1997)
TV series
The Investigator Warley Television film
Emmerdale Lady Tara Thornfield
(1997–1998, 2000–2002, 2007)
TV series
2009 Doctors Melissa Saywell
- First Love Last Love (2009)
Soap opera


Year Show Role Notes
1997 Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis Reporter Feature film
FairyTale: A True Story Fairy Feature film
1999 Only Darkness Feature film
2009 Mixed Up Alice Feature film
Exposé (aka Stalker) Paula Martin Feature film


  1. ^ Marston, Paul (8 February 2005). "'I kept thinking about my little boy and that I might not see him again'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Anna Brecon - CV" (PDF). Pemberton Associates. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b Sole, Kate (30 May 2008). "Stephen Beckett stars in new thriller". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ Kottegoda, Maheesha. "Five minutes with...Stephen Beckett". Sussex Life. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ "'Don't let the rail companies be judge on safety'". Telegraph & Argus. 18 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^ "LEN'S A GONER from 12 May 2007". Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  7. ^ a b Anna Brecon biography at the Internet Movie Database; URL accessed 2009-08-05
  8. ^ "National TV Awards: 1998 Awards". 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 

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