Sophie Abelson

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Sophie Abelson BA (Hons)
Born Sophie Abelson
Ainsdale, Merseyside, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000 - present

Sophie Abelson is an English stage and television actress.[1] She is best known for playing nurse Cherry Clay in the BBC Birmingham's daytime soap opera, Doctors, from 2009-2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Ainsdale, Merseyside to Laurence and Dorothy, she has a brother, Dan.[3] Ever since she was a child she wanted to be an actress. She studied at Kingswood Junior School and Greenbank High School before completing a degree in BA (Hons) Media & Drama at the University of Salford.[3]


After touring nationally with her theatre schools, Abelson began her professional career in theatre, including appearances in Death of a Salesman for York Theatre Royal, the David Freeman production of As you like it,[4] the Braham Murray production of She Stoops to Conquer for Royal Exchange Manchester, and the Carole Rodd tour of Girls Night Out.[2] In 2000 she took many parts in theatrical productions and first appeared on television in 2002 in a one-off Holby City episode.

In 2006 she starred as actress Barbara Windsor in the Paul Hunter production of 2006 revival of the Olivier Award-winning[5] comedy Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick at the Octagon Bolton,[6] for which she received many positive reviews.[7][8][9]

Abelson appeared in the second episode of HBO's 2013 mockumentary-style television comedy Family Tree, playing policewoman W.P.C. Sharon Bullivant in the 1970s show-within-the-show Move Along, Please!.


In a July 2007 episode of the BBC Birmingham's daytime TV soap opera, Doctors, she played the role of Tilly Ruffell. She was brought back to the series in 2009 in the role of Cherry Malone, a bubbly and gullible nurse who first appeared on 6 April 2009. In November 2009 Abelson had a major storyline, which saw her character's boyfriend, Scott Nielson. die of a drugs overdose. The police thought Cherry was also taking drugs (she was not), with the case being closed due to lack of evidence. The storyline helped Abelson receive a nomination for Best Newcomer & Sexiest Female at The British Soap Awards 2010. Abelson, and the Cherry character, departed Doctors on 19 October 2012.[10]


  1. ^ Candice Krieger (3 June 2010). "Sophie Abelson is a BBC soap star". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Sophie Abelson bio". Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Southport Visiter talks to Ainsdale actress Sophie Abelson about her starring role as nurse Cherry Malone in the daytime soap, Doctors". Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "AS YOU LIKE IT". Reviews Gate. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Laurence Olivier Awards" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle And Dick". Octagon Theatre. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Anglesey, Natalie (27 September 2006). "Review: Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick". The Stage. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Hulme, Alan (26 September 2006). "Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick @ Bolton Octagon". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Chadderton, David. "Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, Review by David Chadderton (2006)". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  10. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (5 October 2012). "'Doctors': Sophie Abelson leaves Cherry role". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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