15 June 1980|
|Residence||Southwest London, England|
|Alma mater||Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts|
Leanne Best (born 15 June 1980 in Liverpool, England) is an English actress. She is the niece of former Beatles drummer, Pete Best. She trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and presently lives in Southwest London.
She is known for her roles as Jane Cobden in the BBC series Ripper Street, Celia Donnelly in Fortitude, and the titular role of 'The Woman In Black' in the 2014 film The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. Between 2004 and 2014 she had numerous roles in episodes of UK television series such as Casualty, Doctors, Shetland, New Tricks, Line of Duty and as Teresa Fenchurch in Home Fires. Best also appeared as Min Sakul in the sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
More recently Best appeared in ITV comedy series Cold Feet in September 2016 as Tina Reynolds.
In 2017 she began filming a short film called Cotton Wool which is set to hit festivals in 2018.
|2017||Tin Star (TV series)||Helen||Various||Starring Tim Roth | Christina Hendricks|
|2017||Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool||Eileen||Paul McGuigan||Starring Jamie Bell | Annette Bening | Julie Walters | Vanessa Redgrave|
|2017||Babs||Rose Deeks||Dominic Leclerc||Starring Jaime Winstone | Samantha Spiro | Barbara Windsor|
|2017||Cotton Wool||Rachel||Nicholas Connor||Starring Max Vento | Kate Rutter | Crissy Rock |
|2017||The Good Karma Hospital||Debbie Smart||Bill Eagles||Starring Amanda Redman | Phyllis Logan|
|2016-17||Cold Feet||Tina Reynolds||Various||15 episodes|
|2016||Black Mirror||Penny||James Watkins||2 Episodes|
|2016||The Infiltrator||Gloria Alcaino||Multiple||Starring Bryan Cranston | Diane Kruger | Amy Ryan|
|2016||Undercover||Abigail Strickland||James Hawes||Starring Adrian Lester|
|2015||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Min Sakul||JJ Abrams||Starring Harrison Ford | Carrie Fisher | Daisy Ridley | Oscar Isaac|
|2015||Home Fires||Teresa Fenchurch||Multiple||12 Episodes|
|2015||Line of Duty||PC Jackie Brickford||Michael Keillor||Starring Martin Compston | Vicky McClure|
|2015||Fortitude||Celia Donnelly||Multiple||Starring Richard Dormer | Michael Gambon|
|2015||The Outcast||Jeanie Lee||Iain Softley||2 Episodes|
|2014||The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death||The Woman in Black||Tom Harper|
|2014||New Tricks||Zoe Baines||Brian Grant||1 Episode|
|2014||The Driver||Sarah||Jamie Payne||1 Episode|
|2014||Shetland||Annabel||David Moore||Starring Mark Bonnar|
|2013||Ripper Street||Jane Cobden||Multiple||Starring Matthew Macfadyen|
|2012||Lucan||Sandra Rivett||Adrian Shergold||Starring Michael Gambon|
|2011||Doctors||Colette Coleman||Multiple||2 Episodes|
|2004||Casualty||Karen Jablon||Multiple||1 Episode|
Awards and nominations
|2018||Herself||Out of the Can Film Festival||Special Achievement Award - For Contribution to Film and TV||Won|
|2018||Cotton Wool||Manchester Screenplays and Shorts Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2018||Cotton Wool||Unrestricted View Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2018||Cotton Wool||New Renaissance Film Festival||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2017||Cold Feet||TV Times Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|2012||The Matchbox||TMA Awards||Best Performance||Nominated|
- Lockyer, Daphne (September 3, 2016). "Cold Feet and a hot new drama queen:interview with TV's Leanne Best". The Daily Mail.
- Collinson, Dawn (5 January 2015). "Liverpool actress Leanne Best talks about her starring role in Woman in Black II: Angel of Death". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- "Star Wars 7 News: Woman In Black 2's Leanne Best Outed As Castmember". Yahoo!. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
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