Morven Christie

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Morven Christie
Born (1981-09-01) 1 September 1981 (age 40)
Glasgow, Scotland
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Scott Graham (2012–2015)[citation needed]
Partner(s)Iain Cook[citation needed]

Morven Christie (born 1 September 1981) is a Scottish actress. She is best known for her roles as Alison Hughes in the BBC drama The A Word, Amanda Hopkins in the ITV drama Grantchester, and DS Lisa Armstrong in ITV crime series The Bay.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Glasgow.[1] Christie left school at 15, eventually studying acting at the Drama Centre London, under Reuven Adiv, an associate of Lee Strasberg.[2]


In 2006, Christie played Juliet and Hero for the Royal Shakespeare Company in their Complete Works season.[3][4]

In 2008, Christie was cast in Sam Mendes's first Bridge Project theatre company, playing Anya in Tom Stoppard's new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, and Perdita in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale which finished at The Old Vic in London, after a sellout run at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and a world tour.[5] She played Isa in the National Theatre’s production of Glasgow classic Men Should Weep, directed by Josie Rourke.

Among her many television roles, she played Ellen Rooney in the 2017 BBC drama The Replacement.[6] This role gained Christie her first BAFTA Scotland nomination.

She also played Amanda Hopkins in the ITV drama Grantchester for its first three seasons, Alison Hughes in the critically acclaimed BBC drama The A Word, for which she was again nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award, playing the mother of an autistic child. In 2018 she also played Kirsten Lindstrom in Sarah Phelps' production of Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence.

Christie starred as DS Lisa Armstrong, the lead role in the ITV crime drama series The Bay, filmed through the latter months of 2018, and aired on ITV from 20 March 2019.[7] She received her third consecutive BAFTA Scotland nomination for her performance. It was announced on 16 February 2021 that Christie had quit the drama, which had just completed a second series.[8]

She has since completed two independent films and Joe Cornish’s 8 part drama Lockwood & Co. for Netflix. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Christie lives in Glasgow with her partner, musician Iain Cook.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Flying Scotsman Katie
2009 The Young Victoria Watson
2011 Gee Gee Peaches Short film
2011 Hollow Alice Short film
2012 Shell Young Mother
2014 Lilting Margaret
2014 Between Places Liv Short film
2022 The Road Dance Mairi Macleod
2022 Floodlights Jean Woodward


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Quite Ugly One Morning DS Jenny Dunlop Television film
2006 The Family Man Joanne
2007 Oliver Twist Rose Maylie Miniseries
2008 Lost in Austen Jane Bennet Miniseries
2009 Monday Monday Sally Newman
2010 The Sinking of the Laconia Laura Ferguson
2011 Case Histories Michelle Moore 1 episode
2012 Twenty Twelve Fi Healey
2012 Hunted Zoe
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Elsie Clayton Episode: "The Labours of Hercules"
2014 From There to Here Louise
2014 Death in Paradise Sally Goodman
2014 Silent Witness DS Sally Kirchner 1 episode
2014–2017 Grantchester Amanda Kendall
2015 Doctor Who O'Donnell 2 episodes[10]
2016–2020 The A Word Alison Hughes
2017 The Replacement Ellen Rooney
2018 Ordeal by Innocence Kirsten Lindstrom [11]
2019–2021 The Bay DS Lisa Armstrong
2022 Lockwood & Co Penelope Fittes Upcoming


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Festen Pia Lyric Theatre, London
2005 When You Cure Me Rachel Bush Theatre, London
2006 Romeo & Juliet Juliet Royal Shakespeare Company
2006–2007 Much Ado About Nothing Hero
2006 King John Blanche
2009 The Cherry Orchard Anya New York, London and international tour
2009 The Winter's Tale Perdita
2010–2011 Men Should Weep Isa Morrison Royal National Theatre, London
2015 The Driver's Seat Lise National Theatre of Scotland



  • When You Cure Me (2006, radio play) as Rachel
  • An Inspector Calls as Sheila Birling
  • Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You as Molly Naylor
  • A Farewell to Arms (2011, BBC Radio 4) as Catherine Barkley[12]
  • Austerlitz (December 2012, BBC Radio 3) as Agata



  1. ^ Jamieson, Teddy (7 June 2015). "Morven Christie: "I think it's kind of heartbreaking that women have never seen a reflection of themselves in film or on television."". heraldscotland. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ David, Peta Romeo and Juliet, The Stage (19 April 2006)
  4. ^ Paul Taylor (2006-04-20). Romeo And Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon – Reviews, Theatre. The Independent
  5. ^ Brian Scott Lipton (2008-12-22). Full Cast Set for BAM's Bridge Project Stagings of Cherry Orchard and Winter's Tale.
  6. ^ Doran, Sarah (15 March 2017). "The Replacement: who's who in BBC maternity drama - Morven Christie, Vicky McClure, Dougray Scott, Richard and Rankin". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  7. ^ Sutton, Megan (28 March 2019). "The Bay on ITV: Everything you need to know". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ Jamie Lopez (16 December 2021). "ITV's The Bay series 3 release date confirmed". Retrieved 6 January 2022..
  9. ^ White, Peter (16 March 2022). "'Bridgerton's Ruby Stokes Set As Lead Of Netflix's 'Lockwood & Co.' Series Adaptation". Deadline. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  10. ^ The Doctor Who Team (14 January 2015). "Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9". Doctor Who. BBC One. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  11. ^ Billen, Andrew (31 March 2018). "Ordeal by Innocence: the Christie Mystery that almost got away". The Times. No. 72497. Saturday Review. pp. 4–5. ISSN 0140-0460.
  12. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Drama. (2011-08-05). Retrieved on 2012-07-03.

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