Carla Mendonça

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Carla Mendonça (born 1961) is a British actress. She is known for playing Orla Crawshaw in Coronation Street, Sophie Johnson in the CITV children's sitcom My Parents Are Aliens (2001–2006) and Mrs. Fitzgerald in the CBBC series So Awkward (2015–2018). She has a degree in Theatre Studies and Dramatic Art from the University of Warwick.

Personal life[edit]

Mendonça was born in Coventry, West Midlands. Her parents were ballet dancers, her mother from England and her father from Portugal.[1] Her brother, Jorge, was a colonel in the British Army, who served with the First Battalion in the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.[1] Mendonça attended Bishopshalt School in Hillingdon, Middlesex.[citation needed]

She has been married to actor Clive Mantle since 2016.[2]

Mendonça was in the band The Maisonettes.



Year Title Character Studio Notes
1998 Hilary and Jackie Spanish Maid Channel 4 Films
Intermedia Films
2006 Jam Mum Burnett Entertainment
Thanksgiving Films
2013 Common People Mrs. Owen Common People Productions
Park Bench Pictures


Year Title Character Channel Notes
1984 The Young Ones Woman at Trial BBC Two 1 episode

S01E05 "Sick"

1984 The Lenny Henry Show Various BBC One 1 episode
1984 Pushing Up Daisies Various ITV 1 episode
1985 Coming Next Various ITV 6 episodes
1986 Lytton's Diary Candy ITV 1 episode
1990 KYTV Gillian/Debbie Gutteridge BBC Two 2 episodes
1991 Bottom Jenny BBC Two 1 episode
1991 Hale and Pace Various ITV 1 episode
1991–1992 Motormouth Juliet Nichols ITV 32 episodes
1993 French and Saunders Lavinia BBC Two 1 episode
1993 Comedy Playhouse Imo BBC One 1 episode
1993–1995 The Legends of Treasure Island Additional voices ITV Voice; 26 episodes
1993 Wycliffe Det. Sgt. Lane ITV 1 episode
1996 Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives Caroline Channel 4 1 episode
1997 Rebecca Hairdresser ITV 1 episode
1997 Smith and Jones Various BBC One 2 episodes
1997 Spark Beth BBC One 3 episodes
1997 Harry Enfield and Chums Woman in Public Information Films BBC One 2 episodes
1998 Comedy Nation Various BBC Two 1 episode
2001 Baddiel's Syndrome Cleaner Sky One 1 episode
2001–2006 My Parents Are Aliens Sophie Johnson ITV
73 episodes
2003–2004 My Dad's the Prime Minister Clare Phillips BBC One
13 episodes
2007 Roman's Empire Morwenna Pretty BBC Two 6 episodes
2007 Legends Narrator BBC Four 1 episode
2008–2010 Big Barn Farm Female Voices CBeebies Voice; 40 episodes
2009 Dani's House Fleur Blair CBBC 1 episode
2009, 2011, 2020 Doctors Nina Hollins / Lydia / Doris Dajani BBC One Guest appearances
2011 Scoop Pauline Wilmott CBBC 1 episode
2011 University Challenge Herself BBC Two 1 episode (Christmas special)
2013 Great Night Out Mrs. Moogan ITV Episode 3, series 1
2015–2016 So Awkward Mrs. Fitzgerald CBBC 10 episodes
2021–Present Coronation Street Orla Crawshaw ITV


Her theatre roles include:

Theatre/Company Production Role Notes
Globe Theatre Daisy Pulls It Off Trixie Martin
Oxford Stage Company Measure for Measure Isabella
Twelfth Night Viola
King Lear Regan
As You Like It Celia
Hampstead Theatre In the Club Nicola [3]
Derby Playhouse The Killing of Sister George Mercy Croft
Royal Lyceum Theatre The Curse of the Starving Class Ella
Royal Shakespeare Company The Mouse and His Child Elephant
Royal Exchange Theatre Too Clever By Half Madame Tourousina
Tobacco Factory Theatre 101 Dalmatians Cruella De Vil [4]
Nottingham Playhouse Noises Off Dotty Otley
The Amazing Tour Company The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire Scary Woman in the Sky
Leeds Playhouse The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe The White Witch


  1. ^ a b Bates, Stephen (15 February 2010). "Baha Mousa case led to end of Jorge Mendonca's glittering army career". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Actor gets to know his neighbours at village celebration".
  3. ^ Fisher, Philip (2007). "In the Club". The British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ Campbell, John (6 December 2014). "101 Dalmatians (Tobacco Factory Theatres)". Retrieved 24 August 2016.

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