Charlotte McDonagh

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Charlotte McDonagh
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Charlotte on the set of REDD's "Here Come all the boys" in 2005
Born (1984-09-06) 6 September 1984 (age 32)
Barnet, London, England
Years active 1987–2011

Charlotte McDonagh (born 6 September 1984 in Barnet, North London) is a British actress, model, dancer, singer and TV presenter. She is best known for her role as Lisa West in Grange Hill.


McDonagh's career when she was three years old, modelling for various catalogues before taking young roles in West End productions of Annie Get Your Gun and later Les Misérables.

Her first television acting role was in Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's... She joined the long-running children's show Grange Hill in 1997 as Lisa West, a role she played until 2002. She appeared as a guest film reviewer on Live & Kicking in 1999 and had a cameo on Child Stars in 2001. She also played Kristy in Fairytale Heart, which aired on BBC One in 2001.[citation needed]

She has also had roles in pantomimes Jack and the Beanstalk (2001) and Aladdin (2003)[1] She next presented on Nickelodeon before having a brief stint presenting CBBC. In November 2002, McDonagh appeared in an episode of The Bill as Kirsty, a friend of Samantha Nixon's missing daughter. A year later, she appeared in BBC daytime soap Doctors as Sally Adams. In 2003, she played Joanne in Roughnecks[citation needed] and appeared in an episode of Coming Up. The following year, she played Donna in the CBBC show, Kerching! and appeared as Kerry in the Channel 4 film, Matchmaker.[2]

In January 2004, she joined the girl group REDD, managed by David Anderson of DMA Management. The band recorded one single, 'Here Come All the Boys', later recorded by Katerine Avgoustakis. A low budget video for the single was filmed, featuring the girls working in a garage. However, when Girls Aloud released the single 'Long Hot Summer' in August 2005 with a similarly themed video, REDD's single was delayed in order for a new video to be shot.[3] The new video, set in a clothes shop, was not completed, and the original video was given a quiet release to television.[4] The single itself was eventually shelved altogether and REDD disbanded in the autumn of 2005.

In late 2005, McDonagh toured with dance act Uniting Nations, performing across Europe to over 35,000 people and worked as a backing singer for Westlife. McDonagh appeared in EastEnders in December 2005 as Stacey Slater's former friend Abby. In January 2007, McDonagh starred as Sharon in two episodes of Lynda La Plante's Trial & Retribution. In October 2007 she took roles in the short films Lucky-Dip-Pick-N-Mix and Endless Days.[5]

In October 2008, McDonagh began presenting a digital bingo station alongside a role presenting on The Chat and Party People. [6] Since 2007, she has been involved in promotional modelling.[citation needed]

In February 2009 McDonagh began working on a music demo, with a view to release material through the following year.[7] In June 2010 Understate City single 'No Way' featuring vocals by McDonagh previewed on the internet. The song received some positive reviews, and was said to be "destined for chart success" with a release planned for the summer of 2010. However, commercial release of the single was cancelled later that year.[8][9]

McDonagh is currently signed to McLean/Williams talent agency[10] and Universal Model Management Ltd.[11]

Personal life[edit]

McDonagh gave birth to her first child in January 2012.[citation needed]

In 2015 McDonagh launched a business venture 'Singalong Princess Parties' for Children, based in Barnet.[12]


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