Chelsea Halfpenny

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Chelsea Halfpenny
Chelsea Halfpenny.jpg
At the National Television Awards in February 2012
Born Chelsea Halfpenny
26 September 1991 (1991-09-26) (age 25)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Television Emmerdale (2010–13)
Casualty (2015–)
Parent(s) Paula Halfpenny
Relatives Jill Halfpenny (aunt)

Chelsea Halfpenny (born 26 September 1991) is an English actress, best known for her role in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, as Amy Wyatt and as Alicia Munroe in BBC medical drama Casualty.

Early life[edit]

Halfpenny attended St Augustine's Primary School in Leam Lane, Gateshead and then went on to attend St Edmund Campion School in Wrekenton,[1] both of which her aunt, actress Jill Halfpenny, attended. She also attended Saturday fame school classes at the Reavley Theatre School, Gateshead.[2] Halfpenny also lived on the Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead.[3]


TV & Film[edit]

Halfpenny's professional acting career began in 2004 when she appeared in Casualty episode "What Parents Do", playing an eleven-year-old girl called Karine.

In the same year she booked a role as Lucy Summerbee in popular children's television series Byker Grove. Halfpenny secured the role after answering an advertisement in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.[3] She remained with the show until 2006.

After leaving Byker Grove in 2006, Halfpenny continued to work in the North East. She featured in a small independent project for Sham Films, called Cherry Pop.[4]

Halfpenny featured in 2010 in a short film directed by Andy McVicar, called Compulsion. Halfpenny played the female lead Kelly, in a story of young adolescent love.[5] The film was funded by Northern Film and Media's Digital Nation initiative fund. Made for £20,000, Compulsion won the British Council award for "Best New Short Film’" at the London Film Festival.[6]

On 8 October 2010, Halfpenny made her first appearance on Yorkshire-based soap opera Emmerdale as runaway teenager Amy Wyatt, who became a regular character.[7] On 11 October 2013, Halfpenny confirmed that she was to leave Emmerdale. Her last episode was shown on 14 November 2013.

In 2013, Halfpenny portrayed Sarah in a short film called Lilium, a production by students at Teesside University.[8]

Halfpenny joined the cast of BBC One medical drama, Casualty in early 2015. She plays Alicia Munroe, a year 1 foundation officer doctor. Halfpenny's first episode aired on 19 September 2015. Halfpenny had signed for eight episodes and departed the show on 14 November 2015. In May 2016, it was announced that Halfpenny would return to Casualty, with her return episode airing on 30 July 2016.[9]


In 2009 she progressed to the Open Mic UK national finals, with Newcastle-based girl group Vivo.

In 2011 Halfpenny also featured on a DVD release by MWM Records, called Big River Big Songs. Halfpenny sang a solo of "I Still Love Him" and sang a duet, "The Shoe Makker" with fellow Emmerdale cast member Charlie Hardwick.[10][11]

Both songs sung by Halfpenny were made for paid download on iTunes on 12 March 2012.[12][13]


In 2012 Halfpenny also took part in Sunday for Sammy a biannual charity concert held in aid of the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund, which benefits young performers in the Newcastle area. Starring alongside Angela Lonsdale and Denise Welch, Halfpenny played Lambrini a young Newcastle woman on community service.[14] In 2014 she appeared in a variety of roles in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Maxine Peake's Beryl - celebrating the extraordinary sporting achievements of Morley cyclist Beryl Burton. [15]


Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of Newcastle DJ Paula Halfpenny and the niece of actress Jill Halfpenny.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Casualty Karine Series 18, Episode 26; "What Parents Do"
2004–06 Byker Grove Lucy Summerbee
2007 Byker Babe Herself
2010–13 Emmerdale Amy Wyatt Regular role
2015 Casualty Alicia Munroe Recurring role (8 episodes)
2016−present Regular role
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cherry Pop Tracy
2010 Compulsion Kelly Short film funded by Northern Film and Media
2013 Lilium Sarah Short film made by Teesside University students


  1. ^ "Family viewing". The Sunday Sun. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jill has the Xtra factor". Ic Newcastle. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Newest Grover's tips from TV aunt". Ic Newcastle. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cherry Pop". Sham Films. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "NFM funded short scoops top prize". Northern Film Media. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Andy McVicar film Compulsion wins London Short Film Festival prize". The Journal. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Amy Wyatt Character Profile". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lilium". 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "DVD captures the heart and soul of the River Tyne". The Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Mason Wareham Official Video Trailer
  12. ^ "Still I Love Him (Big River Big Songs - The Tyne) (feat. The Hush) - Single". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shoemakker (Big River Big Songs - The Tyne) (feat. Billy Mitchell, Ray Ladlaw) - Single". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Review: Sunday For Sammy, Newcastle City Hall". The Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Production Information: Beryl". West Yorkshire Playhouse. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Chelsea Halfpenny: Playing Emmerdale mum hasn't made me broody". The Mirror. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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