Melissa Suffield

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Melissa Suffield
Born Melissa Holly Suffield
(1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 24)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003-2012
Television EastEnders (2004–10)

Melissa Holly Suffield (born 24 December 1992)[1] is an English actress from London, best known for her role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as Lucy Beale. Her first appearance on the show was 28 October 2004[2] and her last on 27 August 2010.


Suffield's first professional acting role was in a 2003 episode of the children's series Magic Grandad, entitled Toys: in 1953.[citation needed] She was featured in an advertisement for 'Master Storyteller, Magic Grandad', 1 episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot (Five Little Pigs)[2] and in two episodes of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[citation needed] She is a voice for one of the children in CBeebies toddler's programme Boo![3] She appeared on The Friday Night Project in 2005.[4]


Suffield is best known for her appearance in television soap EastEnders, where she played Lucy Beale, daughter of Ian Beale, a long-standing character. She also appeared in the 2010 spin-off series EastEnders: E20 as Lucy.

Suffield helped raise money for Children in Need in 2007 by appearing in a special Beatles medley featuring cast from EastEnders and in Children in Need 2008 doing a West End when Melissa appeared Mary Poppins. She also appeared in a Motown medley for Children in Need 2009.[5]

In May 2010 it was announced that Suffield had been axed from EastEnders after she allegedly ignored warnings about her "unruly" behaviour.[6] On 14 November 2011, it was announced the character would be returning to EastEnders in January 2012 with Hetti Bywater taking over the role.[7][8]


In August 2009, Suffield took part in a documentary called 16: Too Young To Vote? as part of BBC Three's Adult Season, where she journeys around the United Kingdom to find out whether 16-year-olds should get the right to vote. In September 2009 she reported for the BBC Watchdog programme on the dangers of sunbeds. She also exposed centres that were not following guidelines by checking peoples ages. She also took part in a celebrity version of Total Wipeout.

Suffield has also acted in Casualty. In 2015 she played the titular role in Norma Jeane, a musical about Marilyn Monroe.

Personal life[edit]

Suffield was born on 24 December 1992 in London, England. She plays the guitar and piano, and has taken ballet lessons since the age of two, and still dances under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the intermediate grade. She attended Hatch End High School. Suffield has four sisters; Jessica, Daisy, Annabelle and Eloise.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Magic Grandad Melissa 1 Episode
Agatha Christie's Poirot Young Lucy
2004–10 EastEnders Lucy Beale Series Regular (317 episodes)
2010 Little Crackers Alison Series 1 Episode 10
2012 Casualty Alicia Dans 3 Episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Rough and Ready II Sammy TV Movie
2012 The App TBA Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Olly's Prison Sheila Touring
2011 Beauty and the Beast Belle
2015 Pinocchio Cat/blue fairy Secombe theatre, Sutton


  1. ^ "Melissa Suffield: Summary". Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b BBC EastEnders Cast Retrieved on 10 August 2008 Archived 17 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Boo! (TV Series) - Children
  4. ^ IMDB - Melissa Suffield
  5. ^ Youtube Eastenders tribute to the Beatles Retrieved on 10 August 2008
  6. ^ Green, Kris (30 May 2010). "'EastEnders' bosses axe "unruly" actress". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  7. ^ LittleJohn, Georgia (14 November 2011). "Spoiler Alert: Albert Square says goodbye to Pat Evans as her coffin makes its final journey... while a new Lucy Beale makes her return to Walford". Daily Mail. London: Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Swansea actor's joy over landing role in Eastenders". South Wales Evening Post. South West Wales Publications. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Hill, Susan (7 March 2010). "EastEnders beauty puts the record straight". Daily Star. Northern & Shell. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 

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