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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. 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. 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  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.
She has played a variety of roles on television, notably filming two series for Charlie Brooker, playing Veronica in his zombie series Dead Set  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. 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.
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.
TV & Film
|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||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||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|
|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|
- Beth Cordingly, Hello Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Me and my health: Beth Cordingly". Evening Chronicle (Newcastle). 10 July 2003. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- "My Favorite Things: Beth Cordingly". The Argus. 7 November 2009.
- "EAT MY BRAINS! - Interview with Beth Cordingly from Charlie Brooker's Dead Set". 22 October 2008.
- "Dutch short story competition Winner: Rebecca Cordingly - The Bike Ride". 24 March 2012.
- "Hall of Fame celebs 2009 - Beth Cordingly".