Doña Croll

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Doña Croll
Born (1953-08-29) 29 August 1953 (age 63)

Doña Croll (born 29 August 1953) is a Jamaican-born British actress. She is best known for her British soap opera roles as Pearl McHugh in Channel 5's Family Affairs and more recently as Vera Corrigan in the BBC soap opera Doctors, and as Emerald Fox in the popular BBC soap opera, EastEnders.

Early life[edit]

Born in Patty Hill, Hanover, Jamaica,[1] to parents who are both preachers, Doña Croll moved to the UK at the age of five.[2]


From 1999 to 2002, Croll played Pearl McHugh in the Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs. From September 1993 to February 1994, she appeared in the eighth series of BBC1's Casualty, playing staff nurse Adele Beckford. She also appeared in all three series of BBC sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom's agent, Norma, and in the film Manderlay.

Other roles include Catherine Cooper in ITV's William and Mary and Matron Casp in the Doctor Who episode "New Earth". Croll also starred in Kwame Kwei-Armah's 2003 play Elmina's Kitchen, which premiered at the National Theatre, London,[3] and appeared in the West End production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. In June 2007, she appeared as Mary Maudlin in Oladipo Agboluaje's Soho Theatre play, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane. Croll has had three roles in EastEnders: a nurse treating Angie Watts in 1988; two episodes as Joy Lucas in 2006; and Emerald Fox in 2017.[4] In the BBC soap opera Doctors, she played Vera Corrigan from 2007 to 2010. In April 2011, Croll returned to Casualty in the one-episode guest role of nurse Rachel Culley.

In 2012, Croll appeared as Juanita in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of Helen Edmundson's play The Heresy of Love.[5]

Croll is the voice of Leopard in the children's television series Tinga Tinga Tales.

In 2013 she appeared as Rachel in all three episodes of the ITV drama The Ice Cream Girls. That year she also appeared in Tula: The Revolt. In that same year, she also guest starred in Dani's Castle in episode "Aunt Marjorie".


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