1 July 1976
Brentwood Essex, England
|Notable work||The Upper Hand (1990–96)
Bad Girls (2002)
Rock and Chips (2010–11)
Strictly Come Dancing (2015)
|Spouse(s)||Paul Stocker (m. 2014)|
Kellie Bright (born 1 July 1976) is an English actress who plays Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and has had roles as Joanna Burrows in The Upper Hand, Cassie Tyler in Bad Girls, Julie in Ali G Indahouse , and Joan Trotter in Rock and Chips.
Bright has been acting since she was 11, appearing on stage in shows such as Annie and Les Misérables, before landing a place at the Sylvia Young Theatre School whose alumni also include Denise Van Outen, Samantha Janus and Danniella Westbrook. As a child actress, she appeared in several different series' on British television in the late 1980s and the 1990s, including T-Bag and Maid Marian and her Merry Men. In 1990, at the age of 13, Bright was cast as Joanna Burrows in TV series The Upper Hand alongside Joe McGann, Diana Weston and Honor Blackman. The series ran for six years.
After The Upper Hand had finished, Bright has said that she struggled to make ends meet. She says, "I didn't have any acting work, so I got a job waiting on tables to pay the mortgage, but it was while The Upper Hand was still on air. Next thing I know, a customer had called a newspaper saying I was there and some photographers appeared out of the blue snapping away." She also worked as a receptionist at a nightclub in London. She continued, "I was getting rejected from one job after another and no matter how much I tried not to take it personally, a part of me couldn't help but think: 'I was too ugly to get that part'."  Bright played Kate Madikane (née Aldridge) in Radio 4's The Archers, and was with the series from 1995 until 2014.
Bright has also had main roles in Bad Girls and BBC radio programme The Archers. She has also guest starred in Da Ali G Show and made an appearance in the film Ali G Indahouse. Bright has made several guest appearances on British television programs, her credits include Holby City, Casualty, The Catherine Tate Show and Vera.
In October 2013, Bright was cast as Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Linda made her first on screen appearance on 19 December 2013, but officially arrived on Albert Square with her husband, Mick (played by Danny Dyer) and her children on 26 December 2013. The Carter family were created by the show's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins who planned to completely revamp the show. Since her arrival, Bright's character Linda has been a part of some of the show's biggest storylines such as struggling to accept that her son Johnny (Sam Strike) is gay. In October 2014, Linda was involved in a controversial storyline where she was raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). On filming this particular storyline, Bright stated that "It is a challenging storyline, but it is an important storyline and I feel honoured to have been given it". Bright was praised for her performance during this storyline. Bright won the 2014 Digital Spy's Readers Award for Best Female Soap Actress. Along with Dyer, Bright was nominated for "Best On-screen Partnership" at The British Soap Awards 2014 for the relationship between Mick and Linda. In 2015, she was nominated for the "Serial Drama Performance" award at the National Television Awards, however the award was won by Dyer. She has been nominated for "Best Actress" and "Best Dramatic Performance" at The British Soap Awards 2015. Bright won both.
On 12 March 2015, Bright revealed that she had received "personal letters" from rape victims who had been affected by Linda's story, leaving her feeling "humbled" be the audience's response.
2015: Strictly Come Dancing
On 12 August 2015, it was announced on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show that Bright would be participating in the upcoming thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. The series will begin in September 2015.
In 1992, Bright voiced the character of Beauty in the Bevanfield Films production of Beauty and the Beast. She has also voiced several video game characters, including the Hero of Brightwall in the game Fable III in 2010. In 2011, Bright did voicework for Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles as the medic Sharla.
Bright took part in the BBC's Children in Need appeal in 2014 along with Danny Dyer and the rest of the EastEnders cast who performed a Grease medley entitled "Grease Enders". Bright appears as Linda though dressed up as Sandy Olsen. She performed in "You're the One That I want" and "We Go Together"
|1989||T-Bag and the Revenge of the T-Set||Sally Simpkins/Anastasia|
|1989||The Bill||Mr. Carmody's daughter||Uncredited|
|1989||Maid Marian and Her Merry Men||Little girl|
|1989||T-Bag's Christmas Carol||Sally Simpkins||TV movie|
|1990||T-Bag and the Pearls of Wisdom||Sally Simpkins||TV movie|
|1990-1996||The Upper Hand||Joanna Burrows||TV series|
|1991||The Grove Family||Daphne Grove||One-off re-make to celebrate closure of Lime Grove Studios|
|1992||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty|
|1996||Scenes||Clare||One episode: Alison|
|1998||The Bill||Lianne Clark||1 episode|
|2000||Nature Boy||Katy||1 episode|
|2000||Cor, Blimey!||Viola||TV Movie|
|2000||The Thing About Vince||Sally|
|2001||Outriders||Julia's Mother||2 episodes|
|2002||Ali G Indahouse||Julie|
|2002||Bad Girls||Cassie Tyler||12 episodes|
|2002||The House That Jack Built||Lisa Squire||6 episodes|
|2002||Silent Witness||DC Mona Westlake|
|2003||How (Not) to Make a Short Film||Stefania||Short film|
|2005||Imagine Me and You||Terri|
|2005||Jericho||WPC Penny Collins|
|2005||The Alice||Lynette||1 episode|
|2006||Vital Signs||Yvonne||1 episode|
|2006||Two Women||Woman||1 episode|
|2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Kelly||Christmas Special|
|2008||New Tricks||Sarah Madeley||1 episode|
|2008||Horne and Corden||5 episodes|
|2009||Hotel Babylon||Meredith Sutton||1 episode|
|2009||Holby City||Joy Miller||2 episodes|
|2009||The Catherine Tate Show||Kelly||"Nan's Christmas Carol"|
|2010||Come Rain, Come Shine||Joanne Mitchell||TV movie|
|2010-2011||Rock and Chips||Joan Trotter||Main cast|
|2012||One Night||Dawn||2 episodes|
|2013||Great Night Out||Shona||1 episode|
|2013||Casualty||Tina Caffola||1 episode|
|2013–present||EastEnders||Linda Carter||Regular role|
|2014||Vera||Vanessa Barnes||1 episode|
|Children in Need||Linda Carter||Grease Enders - EastEnders cast perform Grease|
|2015||Strictly Come Dancing||Herself, participant||Upcoming 13th series|
Awards and nominations
|2014||The British Soap Awards||Best On-Screen Parternership (with Danny Dyer)||EastEnders||Nominated|
|Digital Spy Reader's Award||Best Female Soap Actor||Won|
|2015||National Television Awards||Outstanding Serial Drama Performance||Nominated|
|The British Soap Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Best Dramatic Performance||Won|
|Inside Soap Awards||Best Actress||Pending|
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- I thought that I was too ugly to work again; From the acting scrapheap to being able to pick and choose parts, Kellie Bright has come back from the brink, says TIM RANDALL. - ...
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- "Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn stars in police drama Vera, written by Ann Cleeves - Western Morning News". Western Morning News.
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- "BBC - Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright to join EastEnders - Media centre".
- "EastEnders' Kellie Bright: 'Linda Carter rape storyline is a challenge'". Digital Spy.
- EastEnders sweeps the board in 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards - EastEnders News - Soaps - Digital Spy
- "National Television Awards 2015: Nominations in full as Mary Berry battles Simon Cowell". The Independent. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Westbrook, Caroline (21 January 2015). "National Television Awards 2015: Danny Dyer pays tribute to EastEnders co-star Kellie Bright as he beats her to acting prize". Metro. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Behind The Voice Actors - Kellie Bright
- "EastEnders star Kellie Bright marries longterm partner". Digital Spy.