Leanne Best

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Leanne Best
Born (1980-06-15) 15 June 1980 (age 38)
Liverpool, England
Residence Southwest London, England
Alma mater Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Leanne Best (born 15 June 1980 in Liverpool, England) is an English actress. She is the niece of former Beatles drummer, Pete Best.[1] 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.[2] 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).[3]

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.


Year Film Character Director Notes
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 [4]
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
2016 Native Awan Daniel Fitzsimmons
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[edit]

Year Nominated Work Awards Category Result
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


  1. ^ Lockyer, Daphne (September 3, 2016). "Cold Feet and a hot new drama queen:interview with TV's Leanne Best". The Daily Mail.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "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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