Yasmin Bannerman

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Yasmin Bannerman
Born1972 (age 47–48)
Years active1993–present

Yasmin Bannerman (born 1972) is an English actress. Bannerman was born and brought up in Gloucestershire and attended the Rose Bruford College in London until 1993. She has had roles in television series such as Hollyoaks, Cold Feet, Merseybeat and Doctor Who, and in the films Maybe Baby and Killing Me Softly.


Yasmin Bannerman was born and brought up in Gloucester, where she attended St Peter's Roman Catholic School. She spent time acting there and later joined the Everyman Youth Theatre in Cheltenham before beginning a degree in modern European literature at the University of Reading. She dropped out after a year to attend the Rose Bruford College in London, graduating in 1993.[1]


Her first television role came in 1995 when she appeared in an episode of Crown Prosecutor. Shortly afterwards she was cast as Maddie Parker in Channel 4's soap opera Hollyoaks. She describes her role in the soap as "demanding", though the character appeared less frequently as time went on. Further appearances include a brief role in Red Dwarf— in a scene that took a day to shoot – and a recurring role in the third series of Cold Feet as Jessica Barnes, a local political activist who has an affair with David Marsden (played by Robert Bathurst).[2]

In the same year she appeared in Ben Elton's Maybe Baby as Melinda. Further appearances include roles in Queen of Swords, In Deep, Holby City, Life on Mars, and an eight-episode stint in Merseybeat. In 2005 she played Jabe (an alien that resembles a tree) in the second episode of BBC Wales' revival of Doctor Who. Her audition was "shrouded in secrecy" and the part required a lengthy make-up process; the prosthetics took three hours to apply and 90 minutes to remove.[1] Further involvement in the Doctor Who franchise includes guest roles in the audio dramas The Bride of Peladon and The Fourth Wall, and a part in the Torchwood episode "They Keep Killing Suzie".

In 2015, she played Roz Forrester a companion of the Seventh Doctor in three novel adaptations of the Virgin New and Missing Adventures, Damaged Goods, Original Sin and Cold Fusion. These stories were adapted by Big Finish Productions. She later reprised the role in a series of four stories released in November 2018, entitled "The Seventh Doctor: The New Adventures".

In 2017, Bannerman is playing Dayna Mellanby, a character in Blake's 7 audio adventure series by Big Finish Productions, Yasmin is the 3rd actress to play Dayna following Josette Simon in the television series and Angela Bruce in the BBC Radio series.


Year Title Role Other notes
1995 Crown Prosecutor Marion Hearn 1 episode (Series 1, Episode 4)
Hollyoaks Maddie Parker Original cast member (1995–1997)
1999 Red Dwarf First Ground Controller 1 episode ("Back in the Red, Part 3")
2000 Happy Birthday Shakespeare Vanessa
Maybe Baby Melinda
Cold Feet Jessica Barnes 5 episodes (Series 3, Episodes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7)
2001 Queen of Swords Agatha 1 episode ("Runaways")
In Deep Toni Carr 1 episode ("Jekylls, Part 1")
2002 Holby City Rebecca Arrowsmith 1 episode ("Hello Goodbye")
Killing Me Softly Joanna
Merseybeat Blue McCormack Main cast member
2005 Doctor Who Jabe 1 episode ("The End of the World")
55 Degrees North Jade 2 episodes (Series 1, Episodes 7 and 8)
2006 New Street Law Elaine Warren 1 episode (Series 1, Episode 8)
Torchwood Swanson 1 episode ("They Keep Killing Suzie")
2007 Life on Mars Eve Olawi 1 episode (Series 2, Episode 1)
Life Line Ruth
2009 Casualty Kathy 1 episode ("Who Do You Think You Are?")


  1. ^ a b Laws, Roz (29 March 2005). "I must be bark-ing". Sunday Mercury: p. 3 (features).
  2. ^ Ellard, Andrew (20 April 2001). "Smooth with a Capital SMOO". reddwarf.co.uk. Retrieved 30 March 2008.

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