Clare Perkins

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Clare Perkins
Years active1991–present

Clare Perkins is an English actress who is known for her roles as Denise Boulter in Family Affairs and in EastEnders as Ava Hartman, the daughter of Cora Cross and half-sister of Tanya Branning and Rainie Cross.[1]


Perkins' first role was in Screen Two, as Opal in 1991. In TV she has appeared in Family Affairs, All in the Game, Pigheart Boy (BBC1 BAFTA best children's drama), Casualty, Eastenders, Men Behaving Badly, Big Women and Clapham Junction.[2]

She has appeared in many theatres, such as the Royal Court, Young Vic, National Theatre and Soho Theatre.

Her film credits include Ladybird, Ladybird (Ken Loach), Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh), Bullet Boy (Saul Dibb) and her most recent film 7lives.

In 2011 she turned to performing in many radio dramas for Radio 4 including The Winter house, Landfall, Corrinne Come Back and Gone and Best Intentions.

Personal life[edit]

She was educated at the Rose Bruford College from 1983–1985, and is the mother of Kali Perkins (who appeared in the TV programme The Undateables). She is based in Greater London.


Film [3]

Film Role Year
Ladybird Ladybird Jill 1994
Secrets and Lies Hortense's sister-in-law 1996
Bullet Boy Beverley 2004
Shoot the Messenger Mary Gibbs 2006
Deadmeat De Costa 2007
Norman the Düsseldorf Ripper Nurse Susan 2009
7lives Kids Mum 2011


Title Role Year
Screen Two Opal 1991
Grange Hill Marcia 1993
The Bill Delia Fisher 1994
My Wonderful Life Bridget Groves 1996
Men Behaving Badly Deborah's Friend 1997
EastEnders Darts Team Leader 1997
Big Women Cleo 1998
Pig Heart Boy Cathy Kelsey 1999
Whole New Heart Cameron's Mother 2000
Mersey Beat Joy Patterson 2001
Casualty Bernice Healey 2001
Doctors Miriam Akinbiyi 2002
Family Affairs Denise Boulter 2003-2005
All In The Game Mrs. Lamone 2006
Holby City Gabrielle Horner 2006
The Bill Olivia Owen 2007
Talk To Me Childminder 2007
Clapham Junction Dolly 2007
Casualty Rachel O'Hara 2008
Holby City Simone Tait 2011
Doctors Lorraine Greenhall 2011
EastEnders Ava Hartman 2012-13


  1. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 September 2012). "'EastEnders': Cora's daughter arrival confirmed". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  2. ^ " : Closed".
  3. ^ "Clare Perkins". IMDb.