Beth Cordingly

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Beth Cordingly
Beth Cordingly BAFTA 09.jpg
Cordingly in 2009
Born 1 November 1977
Brighton, Sussex, England
Spouse(s) Adam Speers (m. 2011)
Children 1
Website Official website

Beth Cordingly (born 1 November 1977)[1] is an English actress, known for her appearances in the television series Family Affairs and The Bill.

Early life[edit]

Cordingly was born in Brighton on 1 November 1977 and went to Brighton and Hove High School.[2] She is the daughter of writer and historian David Cordingly.

Cordingly went to the University of Birmingham where she gained a double First in English and Drama. She went on to train as an actor at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


She made her first major television appearance in the soap opera, Family Affairs as troubled teenager Sara Warrington;[3] a lapdancer who blew most of her wages on cocaine. She left the soap after a year to play the lead in Noel Coward's Semi-Monde at the Lyric Theatre, West End. The play was directed by Philip Prowse and produced by Thelma Holt.[4] She then played Rose, a cabinet secretary reporting to Derek Jacobi's Major Merton, in Two Men went to War, a film starring Kenneth Cranham and Leo Bill.

In 2002, she joined The Bill as PC Kerry Young [1][3] After her departure from the show when her character was murdered in 2004, ITV made an hour-long spin off called Kerry's Story that aired on ITV3.

In March and April 2017, Cordingly appeared as Debbie Morton, Shirley Carter's (Linda Henry) cellmate in British soap opera EastEnders.

She has played a variety of roles on television, notably filming two series for Charlie Brooker, playing Veronica in his zombie series Dead Set [5] and featuring in his sketch show, How TV Ruined Your Life with Kevin Eldon.

In theatre she has worked nationally and abroad. In 2006 she played the role of Nina in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson. In 2013 it was made into an independent feature film and she reprised her role, this time opposite George MacKay, Nigel Lindsay and Norman Pace. When playing Amy in Salt at Manchester Royal Exchange she was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance in a Studio Production (2010). She worked with Sharon Gless on A Round Heeled Woman in the West End (2012) and has twice played lead roles in Feydeau farces for Sam Walters at the Orange Tree Theatre. In 2012 she played Louisa in Children's Children at the Almeida Theatre, a play directed by Jeremy Herrin and written by Matthew Dunster. In 2015 Dunster directed her in Love's Sacrifice for the RSC, in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. In the same RSC season she played Bellamira in The Jew of Malta, starring Jasper Britton.


Cordingly has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London.[6] 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 Double Dutch short story competition for her short story about Amsterdam, The Bike Ride.[7]

Charity work[edit]

Cordingly is an Ambassador for ChildLine and regularly speaks on their behalf. She ran the London Marathon in 2004 for them and spoke at the 2006 Anti-bullying week conference at Westminster Central Hall. In 2009 she was given an award at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom for her outstanding contributions to the NSPCC.[8]


TV and Film[edit]

Year Programme Role Notes
2017 EastEnders Debbie Morton Recurring (Three episodes)
2016 Suspects Chrissy 2 episodes
2013 Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson Nina Film
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 Organise One
2007 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Naomi 1 episode
2006 Heartbeat Connie Green 1 episode: Stumped
2005 Funland Vienna Keen [9]
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
2015 Love's Sacrifice Fiormonda RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
2015 The Jew of Malta Bellamira RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
2012 Sauce for the Goose Lucienne Orange Tree 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 Chocolate Factory
2005 Monkey's Uncle Cecile/Christine Orange Tree Theatre
2001 Semi-Monde Norma Lyric Theatre, West End
1999 Othello Desdemona Orange Tree Theatre
1998 York Mystery Cycles Mary Magdalen Toronto Festival


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