Natalie Anderson

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Natalie Anderson
Natalie Anderson 2015.jpg
Born Natalie Jane Anderson
(1981-10-24) 24 October 1981 (age 33)
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1996–present
Notable work Emmerdale
Your Face Sounds Familiar
The Royal
Spouse(s) James Shephard (m. 2008)
Children 1
Official website

Natalie Jane Anderson (born 24 October 1981) is an English actress best known for her roles as Alicia Metcalfe in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and Stella Davenport in the medical drama The Royal.


Anderson appeared as Nurse Stella Davenport in the ITV drama series The Royal between 2005 and 2008, playing a lead role and having several storylines based around her character.

Previously, she has taken guest roles in Wire in the Blood, Holby City and Dalziel and Pascoe. She made the Top 50 in the original series of Pop Idol in 2001, but narrowly missed out on a place in the live finals after finishing third in her group. Before this, she made her television debut in 1996 as Francesca in The Biz.

She recently played the role of Ewa in British film Freight, released in December 2009. Anderson is a former cheerleader for the Bradford Bulls rugby league team. She released her debut album 'Return to Me' on 24 November 2008. Her most recent stage role was performing as Nessarose in the London production of Wicked. She replaced Caroline Keiff on 11 May 2009, and left at the end of her contract on 27 March 2010. She was replaced by Cassandra Compton.

Anderson joined the cast of Emmerdale in 2010, playing the role of Alicia Gallagher, Leyla Harding's (Roxy Shahidi) sister.[1] Anderson has been nominated for "Sexiest Female" many times at The British Soap Awards for her portrayal of Alicia. In May 2012, Anderson took a break from Emmerdale to go on maternity leave, and Alicia's exit storyline involved her getting arrested for assault. Alicia returned later that year. In December 2008 Natalie released her debut album entitled Return to Me.

On 24 May 2015, Anderson announced she would be not be renewing her contract for Emmerdale and would leave the show having portrayed Alicia Gallagher for five years.[2]

Guest TV appearances[edit]

In 2013, Anderson took part in the ITV entertainment show, Your Face Sounds Familiar. She sang as Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kate Bush, Justin Bieber, Jessie J and Mariah Carey while she was on the show. She won the series on 3 August 2013.

On 9 February 2014, Anderson played All Star Family Fortunes with her family, who were up against Steve Redgrave and his family.[3]

In 2014, Anderson appeared in an episode of Fake Reaction on ITV2 and Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole.

On 27 September 2014, Anderson appeared in a celebrity episode of The Chase.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.[5] She married fiancé James Shepherd at a ceremony in Harrogate on 6 June 2008. On 1 August 2012, Anderson and her husband had their first son, Freddie George James Shepherd.[6]


  1. ^ Natalie Anderson to Join Emmerdale
  2. ^ Natalie Anderson quits Emmerdale
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  5. ^ Barnett, David (26 June 2009). "How TV gets switched on by Bradford". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson reveals name of baby boy". Digital Spy. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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