Frances Grey (actress)

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Frances Grey (born 1970, in Edinburgh) is a Scottish actress, perhaps most famous for her portrayal of D.S. Kate Beauchamp in the BBC television series Messiah (2001).[1] The original production was based on a novel by Boris Starling. Grey also starred in the subsequent installments Messiah 2: Vengeance is Mine (2003) and Messiah 3: the Promise (2004)[2][3] which were written directly for television.

Some of her earlier roles were as Jane in the film Crimetime (1996), as Jenny Roach in the TV series Accused (1996), as Dr. Davies in the TV documentary series Living Proof (1997), as Amelia Sedley in the 1998 BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair.[4] as Violet in the film Janice Beard 45 WPM,.(1999)[5] as Jackie Brett in the TV series Reach for the Moon (2000) and as Elaine in the TV series The Secret World of Michael Fry (2000).[2]

She also played as Lucy Slater in the TV series Murder in Mind (2002), as Jessie in the TV series The Key (2003), as Ellie Peters in the TV series The Bill (2005), as Caroline Jensen in the TV series Sea of Souls (2006), as Hannah in the TV series Where the Heart is (2006), as Suzanne in the play Monks by Des Dillon in Edinburgh in 2007,[6][7] as Louise Whately and Liz Beamish in the TV soap Casualty (2005 and 2008), as Janice Hylton in the TV series Foyle's War (2008) as Caroline Page and Rhona Campbell in the Scottish TV series Taggart (1997 and 2008) and as prison psychiatrist Marianne McKee in BBC Scotland's TV soap-opera River City (2009).[1][2]

Grey played as Mary Place in the TV series Garrow's Law (2009), as Samantha Jackson in the short film Downturn (2010), as Sonia Thomas and Natalie Layfield in the TV series Doctors (2007 and 2011), as Janice in the TV film in three parts The Widower (2014), as Jess Collins in the TV detective series Shetland (2014), as Slan Gleeson in the TV medical soap Holby City (2014) and as Al Ferguson in the short film Perfect State (2014). In 2014 she was filming the TV series Home Fires.[1][2]

She attended The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh,[8] graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree in English and drama. Frances then went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[3] She is married to writer John Donnelly.[9]


Date Title Role Director Station
31 October 1999 Moliere, or the League of Hypocrites Armande Don Taylor BBC Radio 4
11 June 2004 Soft Fall the Sounds of Eden Susan Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
1 April 2006 Look Back in Anger Helena Charles BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
20 October 2006 3 Days that Shook the World Irina John Dryden BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
4 April 2011 My Life is a Series of People Saying Goodbye Sarah Polly Thomas BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
13 August 201217 August 2012 The Other One[10] Mum Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama


  1. ^ a b c Hendry, Steve (8 February 2009). "I'm too busy to see my friends, says River City star Frances Grey". Daily Record. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Frances Grey, Actress, Filmography IMDb (Internet Movie Database), Retrieved 21 October 2014
  3. ^ a b Hendry, Steve (22 August 2004) Dead Funny; Exclusive: Scots Star Frances Grey Lifts the Lid on the TV Drama That Makes Silence of the Lambs Look like Bambi The Sunday Mail, retrieved 21 October 2014
  4. ^ Crook, John (24 October 1999). "Wrongheaded direction, Vanity only fair". Lundington Daily News. p. 6. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  5. ^ Janice Beard (1999); Full Cast & Crew IMDb (Internet Movie Database), Retrieved 21 October 2014
  6. ^ (23 March 2007) What matters to me: Frances Grey The Scotsman, Retrieved 21 October 2014
  7. ^ Devlin, Vivien (18 March 2007) Monks Review Edinburgh Guide, Retrieved 21 October 2014
  8. ^ (2014) School Details – Mary Erskine Archived 14 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine The Guide to Independent Schools, Retrieved 8 March 2014
  9. ^ Frances Grey, Biography IMDb, Retrieved 21 October 2014
  10. ^ BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Other One