Shona McGarty

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Shona McGarty
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McGarty in 2011
Shona Bernadette McGarty

(1991-10-14) 14 October 1991 (age 28)
OccupationActress • singer
Years active2007–present

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


McGarty was born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Before joining EastEnders, she had been involved in amateur musical theatre for six years with a group named Traffic Light Théâtre Productions. She 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.[1] In July 2012, McGarty was suspended from EastEnders by the acting executive producer Lorraine Newman "for repeatedly being late for filming".[2] 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.[3]

In January 2018, McGarty announced her engagement to long-term partner Ryan Harris.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 What Goes Around Shona Short
2008 – present EastEnders Whitney Dean Soap opera


  1. ^ "Mohill family connections to Eastenders star Shona McGarty". Leitrim Observer. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "EastEnders star wants Irish themed wedding". RTÉ. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "EastEnders star Shona McGarty announces her engagement to partner Ryan Harris". Digital Spy. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.

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