Camilla Power

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Camilla Power
Born Camilla Joy Cynthia Power
(1976-11-13) 13 November 1976 (age 41)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present

Camilla Joy Cynthia Power[1] (born 13 November 1976) is an Irish-born English actress. She portrayed Jill Pole in BBC's TV adaptation of the book The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, and in adult life she played teacher Lorna Dickey in BBC One serial Waterloo Road.

Background and early life[edit]

Power was born in Cork, Ireland and is a distant cousin of Irish actor Tyrone Power. Power's great-grandfather was Sir John Power, Member of Parliament for Wimbledon before the Second World War.[1] Power started acting from an early age; her very first TV appearance was on a chicken nuggets advertisement.


She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone.

Her early TV appearances included parts in "The Silver Chair" as Jill Pole (1990), Bonjour La Classe (1993) and Moonacre (1993) for the BBC, a part which involved horse-riding. Other early roles included The Manageress for Channel 4 (1990).

She made her stage debut in the theatrical adaptation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the National Theatre in 1998. Her voice was featured in the English dubbed version of Alice. She was a regular cast member on Yorkshire Television soap Emmerdale as Jessica McAllister for two years. She also had roles in the television drama series Murder in Mind and The Brief.

In 2006, she appeared in the BBC drama Waterloo Road as English teacher Lorna Dickey and returned for the second series in 2007, until her character committed suicide having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In early 2008 she starred in Torchwood episode "From Out of the Rain" as Pearl, a circus star who escapes an old cinema film and seeks revenge on those who put her out of business.

Power was seen in the British action movie The Tournament as the ruthless assistant to Liam Cunningham's Tournament Master. In 2012, she appeared in two episodes of ITV drama Whitechapel.

In 2016, she appeared in "Shut Up and Dance", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Soft Soaps TV movie
Alice Alice (voice) Uncredited
A Summer Story Sabina Halliday
1989 Not the End of the World Ellen TV movie
1993-5 Emmerdale Jessica McAllister soap opera
1996 The Treasure Seekers Dora TV movie
1996 Throwaways Sky TV movie
1997 Stone Cold Girl
1998 The Echo Lisa TV movie
2000 The Calling Lynette Peterson A straight-to-video movie
2002 Sparkhouse Becky Lawton TV movie
2003 Byron Lady Caroline Lamb Two-part BBC TV film
2005 The Brief Millie Marsh TV series
2006 Waterloo Road Lorna Dickey TV series
2008 Torchwood Pearl Episode 2.10: From Out of the Rain
2011 Doctors Elsa Atherton TV series
2012 Whitechapel DI Mina Norroy TV series
2013 Father Brown Dominique Baxter TV series: Episode 5 "The Eye of Apollo"
2016 Black Mirror Sandra Episode: "Shut Up and Dance"


  1. ^ a b Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 3, pg 3198

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