Cheryl Fergison

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Cheryl Fergison
Cheryl Fergison.jpg
Fergison in 2011
Born Cheryl Campbell[citation needed]
(1965-08-27) 27 August 1965 (age 52)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Notable work See below
Television EastEnders 2007–2012, 2016
Spouse(s) Jamshed Saddiqi (divorced)
Yassine Al-Jermoni (m. 2011)
Children 1

Cheryl Fergison (born 27 August 1965)[1] is an English actress most notable for playing Heather Trott in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders.[2][3]


After training at Rose Bruford College, Fergison started playing the role of Heather Trott on 26 June 2007. The idea of Heather was conceived by the EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer. Prior to starring as Heather, Fergison made a brief appearance on the show as a friend of Mo Harris (Laila Morse) in 2005.

Fergison's stage credits include Measure For Measure, for the Royal Shakespeare Company[4] and most recently the 2006 season at the Scoop at More London.[5]

Fergison is also known for playing Joanna Harding, the "Big Fat Lezza" in the Linda Flint sketches of Little Britain, opposite David Walliams and also played Judy in The IT Crowd. Other notable appearances include 'Allo 'Allo!, Little Miss Jocelyn, Bad Girls and Casualty, as well as playing Mrs. Lloyd in two episodes of Doctor Who, "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". Fergison also starred in a Keane promotional video for Atlantic, which is on the Under The Iron Sea DVD.

In November 2007, Fergison participated in the Children in Need charity appeal with her EastEnders co-stars which was broadcast on BBC One. On 26 June 2008, she appeared and won an EastEnders special of quiz show The Weakest Link.

Since appearing on EastEnders, Fergison has made a variety of television appearances on shows such as GMTV, The Paul O'Grady Show, This Morning and Loose Women. She won 'Best Comedy Performance' Award in the 2008 Inside Soap Awards.[citation needed] She was also nominated in the same category and for the Best Onscreen Partnership Award (alongside Linda Henry) at the 2008 British Soap Awards.[citation needed] Fergison starred in Lets Dance For Sport Relief dancing to Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice and appeared in an episode of BBC Two's Shooting Stars in August 2010.

On 17 September 2011, Fergison was axed from EastEnders and would leave at the end of her current contract, departing the show on 21 March 2012. Heather was killed off after being hit with a photoframe by Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe). Fergison later commented that she left because she now wanted to "try other things", and she also said that she still keeps in regular contact with Linda Henry and Ricky Grover, who played her best friend Shirley Carter and her fiancé Andrew Cotton.

In March 2012, Fergison appeared on The Saturday Night Show.[6]

In April and June 2012, Fergison made two guest panellist appearances on ITV's Loose Women.

On 15 August 2012, Fergison entered the Celebrity Big Brother 10 house. On 24 August 2012, she became the second housemate to be evicted.[7]

Fergison was one of the celebritiy contestants on Your Face Sounds Familiar.[8] During the series, she sang as Dusty Springfield, Anastacia, Meatloaf, Lulu, Madonna, Cher and Adele.

She played the role of Jo in the 2014 series of Big School on BBC One.

On 24 December 2016, Fergison reprised her role on Eastenders as Heather Trott in the form of a recorded voice-over, in the recording Heather gushed about how Christmas wasn't Christmas "without a bit of George Michael".

Personal life[edit]

Fergison divorced her husband, Jamshed Saddiqi in 2008.[9] She currently lives in Sidcup, in southeast London, with her son.[9] Fergison said giving birth on EastEnders was more difficult than giving birth in real life, due to the many takes needed to complete the scene compared to having a caesarean whilst having her real son.[citation needed] In May 2011, Fergison married Yassine Al-Jermoni.[10]

In 2009, Fergison revealed that she is diabetic.[9]


Year Title Type Role Notes
1992 Covington Cross TV Maid 1 2 episodes, "Outlaws" and "The Persecution"
1992 'Allo 'Allo! TV Desiree 1 episode, "Missing and Presumed Dead"
1993 Screen Two TV Frau Langer, Schatz's Housekeeper 1 episode, "Genghis Cohn"
1994 Middlemarch TV Pritchard 7 episodes
1996 Eskimo Day TV Miss Bodley TV Movie
1997 A Royal Scandal TV Cleaning Maid TV Movie
2004–2005 Little Britain TV Joanna Harding 2 episodes
2005 Doctor Who TV Mrs. Lloyd 2 episodes, "The Doctor Dances" and "The Empty Child"
2005 EastEnders TV Prison cellmate 1 episode
2006 Little Miss Jocelyn TV 1 episode
2006 The IT Crowd TV Judy 1 episode
2006 Bad Girls TV Latoya 1 episode
2006 Casualty TV Lucille Prior 1 episode, "Get What You Deserve"
2007–2012, 2016 EastEnders TV Heather Trott Series regular
2007 The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle TV 1 episode
2009 Mr. Right TV Red Team Woman RV Movie
2010 EastEnders: E20 TV Heather Trott 4 episodes
2012 Celebrity Big Brother TV Herself Contestant
2013 The Spa TV Ms Wylde 5 episodes
Your Face Sounds Familiar TV Contestant
2014 Big School TV Jo 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Twitter / cherylfergison1: @luv4JCx warily wrong ok my". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ McCormack, Kirsty (10 November 2011). "Cheryl Fergison wedding: EastEnders star marries toyboy Yassine Al-Jermini again!". Mail Online. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cheryl Fergison". What's On TV. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Measure for Measure, Nunn/Bjornson, Royal Shakespeare Company, September 1991". 1991-09-18. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Tommy Bowe and Cheryl Fergison for Saturday Night Show". RTÉ Ten. RTÉ. 23 March 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Sheridan, Emily (24 August 2012). "Celebrity Big Brother: Cheryl Fergison is second housemate to be evicted". Mail Online. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ [2] Archived 1 October 2013 at
  9. ^ a b c Todd, Ben (11 July 2010). "EastEnders actress falls for Moroccan toyboy nearly 20 years younger than her". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Payne, Will (22 May 2011). "EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison marries her Moroccan toyboy -". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 

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