Norris in 2016
|Born||Carli Jo Norris
23 June 1974
Barking, Essex, England
Holby City (2015, 2017)
|Spouse(s)||Gary Turner (m. 2005–2014)|
Carli Jo Norris (born 23 June 1974) is an English actress, known for her role as Anoushka Flynn in the BBC soap opera Doctors, in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as Belinda Peacock (nee Slater), as Martha Kane in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Fran Reynolds in Holby City. She also made a return to EastEnders in 2016, playing the role of Belinda Peacock, taking over from Leanne Lakey. Norris returned to Holby City for a guest stint as Fran on 16th May 2017.
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Norris was born in Barking, Essex and moved to Harlow in 1976 where she attended Milwards Primary School and Stewards Comprehensive School. She moved with her family to Woodford in East London in 1991 and took a Performing Arts Course at Epping Forest College in Loughton, Essex. She won a scholarship to RADA and also to LAMDA but chose RADA. In 2005 she married actor Gary Turner (who had appeared as Carlos Diaz in the TV soap-opera Emmerdale). They separated in 2014 and Carli now lives in the Essex countryside with their two daughters. She is in a relationship with radio presenter Dominic Atkins.
In June 1997, just before officially graduating from RADA, she was chosen to play Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (replacing Emily Lloyd who had been asked to leave the production prior to the opening) alongside Roy Marsden and Michael Elphick at the Albery Theatre, directed by Ray Cooney and produced by Marc Sinden for Bill Kenwright. They also produced her next show, which was for the Peter Hall Company, when she appeared in the premier and tour of Simon Grays Just The Three Of Us with Prunella Scales and Dinsdale Landen.
She has appeared in numerous other theatre productions, several produced by Bill Kenwright and often in Ray Cooney productions.
On television, she first appeared as Alice McMahon in EastEnders; the title character in Catherine Cookson's Tilly Trotter; central characters in In Deep; Grafters; Roger Roger; The Mrs Bradley Mysteries; Frank Skinner's Shane; The House that Jack Built; Sam's Game; Phoebe in Fanny Hill and as Verity in Slammertime's 2010 episode of My Family. She played the regular role of Martha Kane in Hollyoaks, from January 2012 until November 2013. Norris has been playing agency nurse Fran Reynolds in BBC medical drama, Holby City since September 2015 in a recurring capacity. Carli played Belinda Slater cousin of Stacey Fowler in BBC Eastenders until Friday 11 November 2016. When the character departed with her old school friend for a road trip to Italy.
On film, she has appeared in the 2013 release of Ray Cooney's farce Run For Your Wife.
Awards and nominations
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- Nigel Dempster, Daily Mail, June 20, 1997
- Theatre: Pygmalion Albery Theatre, London Kiss Me Kate Regent's Park, London | Culture | The Independent
- British Theatre Guide (1997)
- Theatre Record – The chronicle of the British Stage
- Hollyoaks – All 4
- "Inside Soap Awards 2016". Retrieved 23 June 2016.
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