15 December 1966
Islington, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Peter Manuel (2005 - Present)|
Lordan is best known for her role as Lynne Hobbs in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which she appeared in from 2000 until 2004. Following reports of drunken behaviour on and off the set, Lordan left the show in mid-2004. Before landing the role of Lynne Hobbs in EastEnders, Lordan worked as an aerobics instructor for 10 years. Lordan appeared in TV comedy drama Minder as Trish, a despatcher, Gimme Gimme Gimme as Linda La Hughes's Eurovision-singing sister Sugar Walls in two episodes (1999: credited as Elaine Morgan, 2000). She also appeared in Tucker's Luck (1983) as Michelle Passmore, Game On (1996) as Mandy's university friend Julia, and in the gangster film Face (1997) starring Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone.
She appeared on the fifth series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in November 2005, but within a day of arriving she passed out twice in the camp, and although the doctors found her to be in good health, she was removed from the jungle, the producers noting they had to consider if they felt the contestants were up to the rigors of the show. She was the first person to be voted off the 2007 series of Soapstar Superstar after performing Bonnie Tyler's "It's a Heartache".
She married Peter Manuel in December 2005, and her baby son died a few days later, aged one, having had surgery for a diaphragmatic hernia. This tragedy came just nine months after the suicide of her mother Bernie. She became pregnant again in 2007 but suffered a miscarriage. Fresh tragedy occurred in April 2008 when her father died from a degenerative illness.
She wrote about this part of her life in the book Whatever It Takes: A Story of Family Survival, published in 2008.
- Jaffee, Larry (2009) Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders, iUniverse.com, ISBN 978-1-4401-5987-9, p. 204
- "EastEnders star Lordan to leave", BBC, 15 December 2003, retrieved 2010-11-01
- "Eastend Boozer Barred" - The People, 8 February 2004
- Sunday Mirror, July 2004
- Wilkes, Neil (2005) "Elaine Lordan quits 'I'm A Celebrity'", digitalspy.co.uk, 22 November 2005, retrieved 2010-11-01
- EastEnders Elaine's baby dies, Daily Mirror, 20 December 2005
- Exclusive: Ex-EastEnder Elaine Lordan reveals her tragic story, Daily Mirror, 7 September 2008
- Whatever It Takes: A Story of Family Survival, Elaine Lordan, Ebury Press, 2008