Shona McGarty

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Shona McGarty
Shona McGarty.jpg
McGarty in 2011
Born Shona Bernadette McGarty
(1991-10-14) 14 October 1991 (age 27)
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 2008–present

Shona Bernadette McGarty (born 14 October 1991 in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire)[1] is an English actress and singer best known for the role of Whitney Dean in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.


Before joining EastEnders, she had been involved in amateur musical theatre for six years with a group named Traffic Lights, and later joined the drama school Young Stars where she played the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland and Glinda the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz.[2] In July 2012, McGarty was suspended from EastEnders by the acting executive producer Lorraine Newman "for repeatedly being late for filming".[3] McGarty performed the song "A Change is Gonna Come" on Children in Need 2012.


In 2009, McGarty was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards. A storyline involving McGarty as the main part was nominated for Best Single Episode as well as Best Storyline.

Personal life[edit]

McGarty is of Irish descent.[4] She attended St. Teresa's Primary RC School in Borehamwood and Loreto College, St Albans.[5] She was in a relationship with the former EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas,[6] until the couple separated in February 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 What Goes Around Shona Short
2008 – present EastEnders Whitney Dean Soap opera
2008 The British Soap Awards 2008 Herself Award show
2008 The British Soap Awards 2008: The Party Herself Award show
2008 The National Television Awards 2008 Herself Award show
2009 The British Soap Awards 2009 Herself Award show
2009 The British Soap Awards 2009: After Party Herself Award show
2009 – 2010 Children in Need Herself Telethon
2010 The British Soap Awards 2010 Herself Award show
2010 EastEnders Last Tango in Walford Whitney Dean Straight-to-DVD
2010 – 2016 Children in Need Whitney Dean Telethon
2011 The British Soap Awards 2011 Herself Award show
2011 Daybreak Herself News program
2012 The British Soap Awards 2012 Herself Award show
2013 The British Soap Awards 2013 Herself Award show
2013 12 Again Herself Documentary
2014 Pointless Herself Game show
2014 Masterchef Herself Cooking show
2015 The National Television Awards 2015 Herself Award show
2015 Neighbours 30th Anniversary Tribute: Ramsay Square Whitney Dean TV Movie
2016 Bruce's Hall of Fame with Alexander Armstrong Herself TV Movie
2016 The British Soap Awards 2016 Herself Award show


  1. ^ "Shona McGarty". IMDb. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Mohill family connections to Eastenders star Shona McGarty". Leitrim Observer. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  3. ^ "BBC News – EastEnders star Shona McGarty suspended for lateness". BBC Online. 16 July 2012. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. ^ "EastEnders star wants Irish themed wedding". RTÉ. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina (27 April 2011). "EastEnders Whitney gets lucky in love as actress Shona McGarty cosies up to former on-screen boyfriend". Daily Mail. London. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ Eriksen, Alanah (3 October 2011). "On to the next hunk from Albert Square". Mail Online. London: Metro Media Group. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2011.

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