Mia McKenna-Bruce

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Mia McKenna-Bruce
Born Mia Sasha McKenna-Bruce
(1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 20)
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Mia Sasha McKenna-Bruce[1] (born 3 July 1997)[2] is an English actress, best known for her roles as Tee Taylor in Tracy Beaker Returns[3] and in spin-off series The Dumping Ground;[4] as Penny Branning in EastEnders;[5] and as Ashley Tyler in 2009 film The Fourth Kind.[6][7][8]

Early and personal life[edit]

McKenna-Bruce was raised in Chislehurst, Kent, with her mother Angela, father and two younger sisters, Ellis and Anya, who is also an actress.[1][9][10][11] McKenna--Bruce took dance classes at Liz Burville Performing Arts Centre in Bexley and was a student at Belcanto London Academy.[9][1] McKenna-Bruce attends Sapphire Dance Academy in Bexleyheath.[5] She attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and currently resides in West Malling, Kent.[12]


McKenna-Bruce's first role was a ballet girl in the West End production of Billy Elliot.[13][14] Her first TV role was the minor role of Ester in the TV short, Small Dark Places.[15] She then starred in Holby City as Abi Taylor for one episode.[16] McKenna-Bruce then appeared in EastEnders as Penny Branning.[5] She had a two episode guest in January 2008 and then another three episode guest stint April 2008. McKenna-Bruce next starred in The Bill in 2009 as Keira Curtis for one episode.[17] She then moved on to Doctors for three episodes.[18]

Later in 2009, McKenna-Bruce starred in her first film role, The Fourth Kind, playing Ashley Tyler.[6][7][8] Her next role was as main character Tee Taylor in Tracy Beaker Returns for three years from 2010 to 2012.[3] In 2011, McKenna-Bruce appeared in the TV series Spy for 1 episode[19] and in 5 episodes of The Tracy Beaker Survival Guide. McKenna-Bruce reprised the role of Tee Taylor and since 2013, has appeared in The Dumping Ground.[4] McKenna-Bruce played Tee Taylor in a The Dumping Ground spin-off, The Dumping Ground: I'm..., a webisode series.[20] McKenna-Bruce was then cast in the upcoming show The Marshlands.[21] McKenna-Bruce guest starred in another episode of Holby City as Asia Lucas, as well as guest starring in BBC Three's Josh.[22][23][24] McKenna-Bruce was cast as the lead in a feature film, The Rebels.[25][26]


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2008 Small Dark Places Ester 1 episode [15]
Holby City Abi Taylor Episode: Physician, Heal Thyself [16]
EastEnders Penny Branning 5 episodes [5]
2009 The Bill Keira Curtis Episode: Little Girl Lost: Part 1 [17]
Doctors Pearl Snow Episodes: Sweet Good Night, Violent Delights Have Violent Ends,
Tempt Not a Desperate Man
The Fourth Kind Ashley Tyler Film role [6][7][8]
2010–2012 Tracy Beaker Returns Tee Taylor Regular role [3]
2011 Spy Ashley Episode: Codename: Blood [19]
2011 The Tracy Beaker Survival Files Tee Taylor 5 episodes
2013–2016, 2017 The Dumping Ground Regular role [4]
2014 The Dumping Ground Survival Files [27]
2016 The Dumping Ground: I'm... [28]
2017 Holby City Asia Lucas Episode: Growing Pains [22][23]
Josh Babysitter Episode: Bicycles & Babies [24]
TBA The Marshlands Megan Regular role [21]
The Rebels Enica Lead Role [25][26]
Video games
Year Title Role Refs.
2011 Tracy Beaker Returns: You Choose Tee Taylor [citation needed]
2013–2014 The Dumping Ground Game [citation needed]
2015 The Dumping Ground: You're the Boss [29]


  1. ^ a b c French, Matthew (29 December 2006). "Vying for the top". News Shopper. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Could this day get any better🔞🙌🙌🙌 @WickedUK". Twitter. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Going Home, Series 3, Credits". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Dumping Ground: S4-E1 Lost and Found". RadioTimes. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Talented Sapphire Dance Academy youngsters excel at UK's biggest show". Kent Online. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Nelson, Rob (4 November 2009). "Review: 'The Fourth Kind'". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Murray, Joel (16 November 2009). "Film review: The Fourth Kind". The Linc. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c FUCHS, CYNTHIA (6 November 2009). "The Fourth Kind". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Mia McKenna-Bruce child star has a big connection" (PDF). Hello Chislehurst. 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Mia McKenna-Bruce on Instagram: Happy Father's Day to our amazing daddy". 18 June 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Three Sisters on YouTube
  12. ^ "Mia McKenna-Bruce Linkedin Profile". Linkedin. 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Photos: Billy Elliot Gobbles Second Birthday Cake". WhatsonStage. 16 May 2007. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  14. ^ French, Matthew (29 December 2006). "Vying for the top". News Shopper. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Small Dark Places". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Holby City Series 10–15. Physician, Heal Thyself". Radio Times. 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "The Bill Series 25 – 2. Little Girl Lost – Part One". Radio Times. 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Muppala, Vaman (2 November 2009). "Close encounters of The Fourth Kind". The Diamondback. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Spy Episode 1.5 – Codename: Blood". British Comedy Guide. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "The Dumping Ground I'm...Tee". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "Crazy excited to be a part of @TheMarshlandsTV please give it a follow!!!". Twitter. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Holby City – Growing Pains". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "Mia McKenna-Bruce on Twitter: @anthonyy7890 im filming an episode for Holby City next week and in the new year working on @TheMarshlandsTV 🤗 Vvvv excited!!". 3 December 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "Josh - Series 3, Bicycles & Babies, Credirs". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "Tornado Studios on Twitter: Very excited to have Mia McKenna Bruce on board in our upcoming feature film 'The Rebels'. #TheRebels @MiaMBruce". 18 January 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Mia McKenna-Bruce on Instagram: Day 1 of rehearsals taking on the role of ENICA in this amazing feature for the next month IM TOO EXCITED #therebelsfilm". 8 February 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "The Dumping Ground Survival Files, S2-E2 Challenges". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  28. ^ "The Dumping Ground: I'm...- Series 1, Tee Credits". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  29. ^ Stearman, Nicki (28 January 2015). "You're the Boss: new game for CBBC's The Dumping Ground". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 

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