Beth Cordingly

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Beth Cordingly
Beth Cordingly BAFTA 09.jpg
Beth Cordingly (2009)
Born Rebecca Kate Cordingly
(1976-11-01) 1 November 1976 (age 39)
Brighton, England
Height 5'6 (167cm)
Spouse(s) Adam Speers (2011 - present)
Children 1
Website Official website

Rebecca "Beth" Kate Cordingly (born 1 November 1976) is an English actress and writer, best known for her role as PC Kerry Young in the ITV police drama The Bill.


Cordingly was born in Brighton. She attended Brighton and Hove High School where she was well known for her lead roles in plays, and her enthusiasm for acting and singing. She made her first major television appearance in the soap opera, Family Affairs as troubled teenager Sara Warrington; a lapdancer who blew most of her wages on cocaine.[1]

She left Birmingham University with a Double First in English and Drama[2] before going on to train at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Beth started out in theatre, playing roles in adaptions of Othello and played the lead in Noël Coward's Semi-Monde at The Lyric Theatre in the West End.[3]

In 2002, she joined The Bill as PC Kerry Young,[4] which became her biggest role and one of the show's much loved characters. After her departure from the show when her character was brutally murdered in 2004, she then went on to appear as a stripper in the comedy series Funland. In 2008, she played Veronica in Charlie Brooker's Dead Set, a TV horror drama set in the Big Brother house during a zombie apocalypse.[5]

She is also the narrator on the audiobook of Penny Smith's novel, Summer Holiday.[6]

Writing career[edit]

Alongside her acting career, Cordingly has an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.[7] In 2009, her short story Marianne and Ellie was selected by Sarah Waters to be published in an anthology of short stories, Dancing with Mr. Darcy. In 2012, she won the Litro magazine 'Dutch Double' short story competition for her short story about Amsterdam, The Bike Ride.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cordingly previously dated The Bill co-star Daniel MacPherson. In 2006, Cordingly met her husband, Adam Speers, a theatre director and producer; they married on 29 May 2011[9] and live in London. In 2013, Cordingly gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter.

Her father is David Cordingly, an authority on pirates who has written books and appeared in numerous documentaries on the subject.

Charity work[edit]

Cordingly is an active ambassador to the Anti-Bullying Alliance, speaking at the Anti-bullying week conference 2006, at Westminster Central Hall. She is an Ambassador for ChildLine and she ran the London Marathon in 2004 to raise money for them. She was given an award at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom for her outstanding contributions to the NSPCC.[10]


TV and film[edit]

Year Programme Role Notes
2011 How TV Ruined Your Life Lucy
2010 Casualty Sharon Holder 1 episode: Making Other Plans
2010 Material Girl Lynn Jones
2009 Merlin Forridel 1 episode: The Nightmare Begins
2009 Trial & Retribution Wendy Bilkin 1 episode: Shooter
2008 Dead Set Veronica
2008 Cartwheels Sylvia Short film
2008 New Tricks Anna Hodgkiss 1 episode: Couldn't Orgainse One
2007 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Naomi 1 episode
2006 Heartbeat Connie Green 1 episode: Stumped
2005 Funland Vienna Keen
2005 Doctors Mel Brindell 1 episode: Credit Limit
2002-04 The Bill PC Kerry Young
2002 Two Men Went to War Rose Film
2001 Casualty Liz 1 episode: Consequences
2000-01 Family Affairs Sara Warrington


Year Programme Role Theatre
2012 Children's Children Louisa Almeida Theatre
2012 A Round Heeled Woman Nathalie Riverside Studios/West End
2011 Once Bitten Cesarine Orange Tree Theatre
2010 Salt Amy Royal Exchange Theatre
2009 Our Man in Havana Milly Wormold/Beatrice Severn Nottingham Playhouse
2007 Bedroom Farce Susannah No.1 Tour
2006 Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson Nina Menier
2005 Monkey's Uncle Cecile/Christine Orange Tree Theatre
2001 Semi-Monde Norma Lyric Theatre
1999 Othello Desdemona Orange Tree Theatre
1998 York Mystery Cycles Mary Magdalen Toronto Festival


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