Carol Harrison

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Carol Harrison
Born (1955-02-08) 8 February 1955 (age 61)
London, England, UK
Spouse(s) Jamie Foreman (? – ?) (divorced)
Ian (? – present)
Children Alfie Sean Foreman

Carol Harrison (born 8 February 1955 in West Ham, London, England) is a British actress and writer. She is known mostly for her work on British television, in particular her role as Louise Raymond in BBC's EastEnders.


Harrison made her acting debut in 1976, in the BBC police drama, Softly Softly, which was a spin-off from the hugely popular Z-Cars. In 1980 she made her film debut, securing a minor role in the 1980 adaptation of The Elephant Man. She went on to appear in many successful television programmes including The Gentle Touch (1982); Q.E.D. (1982); The Cleopatras (1983); Minder (1984); Casualty (1987, 1996 & 2008); Dorothy in London's Burning from 1988–1989; Kavanagh QC (1995) and ITV's A Touch of Frost (1997).

One of her most notable and long running roles, was playing the part of Gloria in the popular BBC sitcom Brush Strokes (1986–1991); remaining in the role for five series. However, it is her role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1998–1999) that she is most remembered for. Harrison played Louise Raymond, the selfish mother of Tiffany (Martine McCutcheon) and Simon (Andrew Lynford). Harrison's character was involved in many explosive storylines, including an affair with her daughter's husband Grant (Ross Kemp). This role was not the first time Harrison had appeared in the soap. She had previously had a minor role in 1986, playing the mother of a young boy who was rescued from a speeding lorry by Andy O'Brien (Ross Davidson).

Harrison quit EastEnders in 1999 to do a Master's degree in screenwriting. In 2006 she began teaching Script and Screen, a five-week course offered through the Adult and Community non-accredited provision, at Brighton and Hove College.[1]

Harrison's other acting credits include the cult film Human Traffic and the ITV police drama The Bill (2002). In 2005 she also took part in the Channel 4 series Extreme Celebrity Detox.

She took part in TV series Celebrity Coach Trip partnered with friend Ingrid Tarrant.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Harrison was born in east London to a working class, single parent family.[1] She failed her 11 plus exams in her youth, but has since discovered that she is dyslexic.[1] Harrison was once married to the actor Jamie Foreman, son of the 1960s London gangster Freddie Foreman.[3] They have one son named Alfie.[4] Carol is a West Ham supporter.


  1. ^ a b c "The screenwriting tutor", The Guardian. URL last accessed on 2007-07-12.
  2. ^ Alex Fletcher (16 September 2010). "Celebrity 'Coach Trip' lineup revealed". Digital Spy. 
  3. ^ "Family Business – Jamie Foreman is Marky Brooker", BBC. URL last accessed on 2007-07-12.
  4. ^ "NOT YOUR TYPICAL MUM", Walford Gazette. URL last accessed on 2007-07-12.

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