Kelly Adams

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Kelly Adams
Born (1979-10-16) 16 October 1979 (age 38)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Spouse(s) Chris Kennedy

Kelly Adams (born 16 October 1979) is an English actress, best known for her roles as Mickie Hendrie in the BBC One medical drama series Holby City (2004–2006) and Casualty (2005), as Emma Kennedy in the BBC One drama series Hustle (2009–2012), Padre Mary Greenstock in the BBC Three comedy drama series Bluestone 42 (2013–2014) and Nancy Webb in the ITV period drama series Mr Selfridge (2015).


A pupil of North Kesteven School in North Hykeham,[1] Adams trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Wood Green, London.[2]

Initially playing Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in a docu-soap about Prince William, she later appeared in Doctors before playing Mickie Hendrie in Holby City from 2004 to 2006. Adams was cast in the role of Mickie alongside fellow series six newcomer Jaye Jacobs, who was cast as staff nurse Donna Jackson. The pair's arrival in the show was heavily publicised and the subject of a documentary entitled "Making It at Holby", chronicling their casting process,[3] which entailed seven weeks of auditions, including group workshops to allow the series producers to gauge candidates' personalities.[4]

Adams originally auditioned as Donna, however the casting directors felt that she would be better suited to Mickie, the quieter character[5] and "mild mannered" counterpart to Donna's "sassy staff nurse".[6] She and Jacobs were paired together during a three-hour workshop, and the producers detected an "instant spark" between them, leading to their dual casting.[5] In 2004, her character had a lesbian liaison with Jacobs' character. The scene in which they kissed was edited to half its original length after being deemed too explicit for pre-watershed broadcast.[7] In the aftermath of the Mickie/Donna storyline, the BBC banned its actresses from appearing in raunchy photo-shoots, after Jacobs and Adams were photographed in intimate poses while dressed in nurse's uniforms for various "lads' mags".[8] In 2006, her ambitious character left for Newcastle Medical school to study to be a doctor.[9]

Adams subsequently appeared as the servant Eve in the Robin Hood episode "A Thing or Two About Loyalty".

In 2009, Adams joined the cast of long-running BBC1 drama series Hustle for its fifth season, playing the role of Emma Kennedy, a new member of Mickey Bricks' crew of con artists. She continued in the role of Emma for three further seasons of the drama, the most recent of which (Season 8) aired from 3 February 2012. In an episode of Series 6, Adams plays the role of Kylie Minogue as a parody of Adams' slight resemblance to the Australian singer.

She also had a small role in the 2009 biographical film Bronson, about the notorious prisoner Charles Bronson, and in a British science fiction thriller Beacon77,[10] which was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[11] In 2010, Adams appeared in the movie My Last Five Girlfriends as Wendy. In July 2012, it was confirmed by the BBC, that Adams would be starring in the new series of Death in Paradise which is due to be released in the UK in early 2013. Adams then starred as Padre Mary Greenstock in the BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42 for its first two series.

Personal life[edit]

Adams was born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.[12] She married long-term partner, fashion photographer Chris Kennedy, in a ceremony at Hackney Town Hall in February 2011, after proposing to him on a trip to Bruges.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Prince William Tara Palmer-Tomkinson TV film
2008 Bronson Irene Peterson
2009 The Boxer Natalie
My Last Five Girlfriends Wendy
The 7th Dimension Sarah Originally titled Beacon77
2012 The Cricklewood Greats Jenny Driscoll TV film
2 in a Million Neema Short film
2013 Tomorrow in a Day Rose Short film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Casualty Mickie Hendrie Episode: "Deny Thy Father: Part One"
2004–2006 Holby City Mickie Hendrie Main cast
2006 Robin Hood Eve Episode: "A Thing or Two About Loyalty"
2008 Doctors Amanda Prior Episode: "The Front Page"
2010 The Persuasionists Victoria Smeet Episode: "The Handsomeness"
2009–2012 Hustle Emma Kennedy Main cast
2012 The Town Lucy TV miniseries
2013 Death in Paradise Liz Curtis Episode: "A Deadly Curse"
Endeavour Cynthia Riley Episode: "Home"
2013–2014 Bluestone 42 Padre Mary Greenstock Main cast
2015 Mr Selfridge Nancy Webb Series 3
2015 The Delivery Man Jess Series 1, 1 episode
2015 Doc Martin Erica Holbrooke Series 7, 1 episode


  1. ^ "Holby to Hustle success for Lincolnshire lass". BBC Lincolnshire. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kelly Adams". Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Making It At Holby". Holby City. Season 6. 2004-03-23. BBC. BBC One. 
  4. ^ Laws, Roz (21 March 2004). "The Box: Gimme, gimme, gimme a role in Holby". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham, England: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Vivian, Rhiannon (12 December 2004). "Star Style: Holby City party girls". Sunday Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 November 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Johnson, Emma (24 March 2004). "TV review: Could the con be off?". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Wise, Jon (20 August 2006). "My lesbian kiss was naughty..but nurse". The People. London, England: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Lawler, Danielle (19 September 2004). "Beeb Babes Cover-Up". Sunday Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "BBC – Holby City – Characters – Mickie Hendrie". BBC. Archived from the original on 10 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Beacon77 Cast". [Revolt Films]. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  11. ^ 28 Days: The Voice of Horror
  12. ^ "Actress to switch on city lights". BBC News. 9 November 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Jody Thompson (28 February 2011). "Now that's hustling! Hustle star Kelly Adams bucks celebrity trend and gets married in a ceremony that cost just £200". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 

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