Kellie Shirley

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Kellie Shirley
Kelly Jane Shirley

Croydon, London, England
Years active2002–Present
Notable work
Kirsty in In The Long Run and Carly Wicks in EastEnders (2006–2008, 2012)
Spouse(s)Phil Davies

Kellie Shirley is an English actress who works in film, television, theatre and radio. She has also co-presented programmes for BBC2 and Channel 5. She is known for her role as Kirsty De La Croix in Sky One comedy series In The Long Run created by (Idris Elba) She is also perhaps best known for the role of Carly Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2006 to 2008 following the death of character's father Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels). She returned to the soap in September 2012 for a short dramatic storyline. Other notable credits include The Office and the feature films King of Thieves and Wimbledon


Shirley started her career via the National Youth Theatre and B.R.I.T school. Her recent credits include Call The Midwife, BBC series Joe all Alone and The Marriage of Reason and Squalor. She landed parts in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' (Working Title), and The Office Christmas specials and (BBC 4 series) Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky soon after graduating. She has worked extensively in theatre at the RSC, Royal National Theatre and Royal Court. In June 2009, She co-hosted the BBC Two show Something for the Weekend with Tim Lovejoy, standing in for Amanda Hamilton who was on maternity leave.[2] Shirley has since appeared regularly on "Sunday Brunch" and on magazine show "The Wright Stuff" she featured in the Pencil Full of Lead video by Scottish singer Paolo Nutini.

For film she played the role of "Terri Robinson” in “King of Thieves” for Studio Canal and Working Title film. The central role of “Louise" for Lionsgate in their feature film Riot about the London Riots and Susie Browning in Run for Your Wife with Judi Dench and Danny Dyer. In the film Girl on a Bicycle, directed by Jeremy Leven, Shirley plays 'Marta' opposite Paddy Considine. She portrayed Ali in the independent film "Everyone's Going to Die" Dinard awarded.

Shirley played the central role of 'Lydia' in the 6 part series 'Self Centered' for Pollibee Pictures produced by (Kevin Proctor)

For Theatre she played "Stella Stone & Gemma" in Royal National Theatre State of the Nation play about the phone hacking scandal "Great Britain" directed by Nick Hytner this was after finishing a lengthy run in the West End at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in One Man, Two Guvnors as "Pauline" after its international tour clocking up over 700 performances. Shirley has worked extensively for BBC Radio 4, including three series of comedy "House on Fire" written by Chris Sussmann and long running series "A Small Town Murder".

Shirley is ambassador for the charities Anthony Nolan & Mencap she is also youth group patron for the charity Magpie Dance.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2019 it was announced that she would be running the London Marathon with some of her former EastEnders co-stars for a Dementia campaign in honour of Barbara Windsor.[3]



  1. ^ Minn, Hayley (29 September 2015). "EastEnders star Kellie Shirley gives birth to twins Pearl and Louie". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC Two – Something for the Weekend, 14/06/2009". BBC.
  3. ^ "EastEnders stars to run marathon for Dame Barbara Windsor". BBC News. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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