Amelia Mary Bullmore (born 31 January 1964[1][2]) is an English actress, screenwriter, and playwright.[3] She is known for her roles in Coronation Street (1990–92), I'm Alan Partridge (2002), Ashes to Ashes (2008–09), Twenty Twelve (2011–12), and Scott & Bailey (2011–14).

Amelia Bullmore
Amelia Mary Bullmore

(1964-01-31) 31 January 1964 (age 55)
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Paul Higgins

Bullmore began writing in 1994.[4][5] Her writing credits include episodes of This Life,[6] Attachments,[7] Black Cab,[8] and Scott & Bailey.[5]

Early life and educationEdit

Bullmore was born in Chelsea, London,[1][9] to Jeremy Bullmore, an advertising executive, and Pamela Bullmore (née Green), a gardening writer.[10] She has two older brothers, one of whom is neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist Edward Bullmore and the other who is documentary filmmaker Adam Bullmore.[11]

She studied drama at Manchester University.[1][3]



Bullmore was part of a cabaret group named Red Stockings, along with Helen Edmundson.[12] While performing at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, a casting director for Coronation Street saw her performance. Bullmore played Steph Barnes in Coronation Street, and was a regular on the show from February 1990 to September 1991. She made brief returns in April 1992 and September 1995.[3][11][13] She worked and lived in Manchester for 10 years, moving to London in 1995.[11]

Bullmore appeared opposite Steve Coogan as Sonja, the Ukrainian girlfriend of Alan Partridge in the series two of the BBC2 comedy series I'm Alan Partridge.[13] She also appeared on BBC Radio 4's phone-in spoof Down the Line.[14]

From 2011 to 2014, Bullmore co-starred in the crime drama Scott & Bailey. She also wrote seven episodes of the show.[1][5]

In 2016, she starred in the second series of Happy Valley, playing jealous mistress Vicky Fleming.[15]


In 2005, Bullmore wrote her first play, Mammals, which was staged at Bush Theatre and went on to tour the UK regionally.[16][17]

In 2013, Bullmore wrote a second play, Di and Viv and Rose, which was staged at Hampstead Theatre.[18] Di and Viv and Rose is about the friendship of three women over the course of 30 years, from 1983 when they are in university to 2013.[19] The play eventually transferred to the West End in early 2015,[20] where it ran at the Vaudeville Theatre before closing in March.[21][22]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1993, Bullmore married Scottish actor Paul Higgins.[13][23] They met in Manchester in 1992 while they were performing A View from the Bridge.[9] The couple have two daughters, Mary and Flora.[1]


Year Award Work Result
1997 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Original TV Drama Serial (shared) This Life Won
2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (co-winner) Mammals Won[25][26]
2009 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance The Norman Conquests Won[27]
2012 Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Television Drama Series (shared) Scott & Bailey Nominated
2013 Crime Thriller Awards Best Supporting Actress Dagger Won[28]
2018 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress The Beard Nominated[29]


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1992, 1995 Coronation Street Steph Barnes 130 episodes
1993 Comedy Playhouse Beth 1 episode: "Stuck on You"
1993 Cracker Catriona Bilborough 2 episodes
1994 Woman of the Wolf Madame Plaisir TV short
1994 Faith Ros TV miniseries; 4 episodes
1996 Frontiers Caroline Poole 6 episodes
1997 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Karen Parmenter 1 episode
1997 Insiders Paula Green 1 episode
1997 Turning World Social worker 2 episodes
1997 The Bill Tracy Cooper 1 episode
1997 Mrs Dalloway Rezia Warren Smith
1997–2001 Brass Eye Various roles 3 episodes
1998–2002 Big Train[30] Various roles 7 episodes
1999 Tilly Trotter Eileen Sopwith 2 episodes
2000 Jam Various roles 6 episodes
2000 Attachments Lin 1 episode
2001 Linda Green Lucy Cooper 1 episode
2002 The Gist Freda Cooper TV movie
2002 I'm Alan Partridge Sonja 6 episodes
2002 Bookcruncher Bookshop Manageress Short
2003 Hello, Friend Friend Short
2003 State of Play Helen Prenger TV miniseries
2003 Coming Up Psychiatrist 1 episode: "The Baader Meinhoff Gang Show"
2004–2006 Donovan Evie Strauss 2 episodes
2005 Festival Micheline Menzies
2006 The Truth Candy's Mother
2006 Sorted Claire Hill 3 episodes
2006–2007 Suburban Shootout Joyce Hazeldine 11 episodes
2007 Director's Debut Tara Vaughan 1 episode
2007 Dalziel and Pascoe Frances Cunningham 2 episodes
2007 The IT Crowd Helen Buley 1 episode
2008 The Whistleblowers Helen Millard 1 episode
2008 Mrs In-Betweeny Emma TV Movie
2008 Lewis Caroline Hope 1 episode
2008–2009 Ashes to Ashes[31] Caroline Price 9 episodes
2009 Endgame Gill
2010 Bellamy's People Various roles 1 episode
2010 Agatha Christie's Poirot Judith Butler 1 episode: "Hallowe'en Party"
2010 Jo Brand's Little Crackers Helen 1 episode
2011 Shameless Mildred Fletcher 3 episodes
2011 Inspector Lewis Caroline Hope 1 episode
2011–2014 Scott & Bailey DCI Gill Murray 30 episodes
2011–2012 Twenty Twelve Kay Hope 13 episodes
2012 Sherlock Dr. Stapleton 1 episode: "The Hounds of Baskerville"
2013 Common Ground Becky TV series short; 1 episode
2013 It's Kevin Various roles 4 episodes
2014 What We Did on Our Holiday Margaret McLeod
2015 Jekyll and Hyde Renata Jezequiel 3 episodes
2016 Happy Valley Vicky Fleming 3 episodes
2016 Power Monkeys[32] Lauren 6 episodes
2016 The Crown Kathleen Sutherland 1 episode
2018 Deep State Olivia Clarke 8 episodes
2019 Gentleman Jack Mrs Eliza Priestley 8 episodes
1997 This Life N/A 2 episodes: "When the Dope Comes In", "She's Gotta Get It"
1998 Big Train Additional material (6 episodes)
2000 Jam 1 episode: "fussfussfussfussfussfussfuss"
2000 Black Cab Ten 10-minute TV films (series deviser); 3 episodes: "Busy Body"
"Marriage Guidance", "Tom & Marianne"[8]
2000 Attachments 2 episodes: "Hot Mail", "Plug & Play"[7]
2012–2014 Scott & Bailey 7 episodes: "Sidelines" (2012), "Undermined" (2013),
"Wrong Place, Wrong Time" (2013), "Superficial" (2014)
"Tough Love" (2014), "Fatal Error" (2014), "Lost Loyalty" (2014)

Theatre workEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Breaking Rank: Oh Yes We Can by Helen Edmundson Red Stockings Theatre Company (Manchester)[33]
1988 Ladies in the Lift by Helen Edmundson Sarah
1989 The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse Pascal Contact Theatre (Manchester)[34]
1989 Be Bop a Lula by Bill Morrison Sharon Sheeley Liverpool Playhouse (Liverpool) [35]
1991 The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht Birmingham Repertory Theatre[36]
1992 A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller Catherine Royal Exchange (Manchester) [9]
1992 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Lady Capulet Royal Exchange (Manchester)[37]
1992 Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw Barbara Undershaft Citizens Theatre (Glasgow) [38]
1992 Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams Heavenly Finley Citizens Theatre (Glasgow) [39]
1993 How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn Mary Everyman Theatre (Cheltenham)[40]
1993 All My Sons by Arthur Miller Ann Deever
1993 Inadmissible Evidence by John Osborne Liz Lyttelton Theatre (London)[41]
1994 The Queen and I by Sue Townsend Leanne/Trish Royal Court Theatre (London) [42]
1994 Road by Jim Cartwright Louise/Linda/Claire Royal Court Theatre (London)[43]
1996 The Thickness of Skin by Clare McIntyre Laura Royal Court Theatre (London)[44]
2004 Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare Ensemble The National Theatre (London) [45]
2004 The Crucible by Arthur Miller Elizabeth Proctor Sheffield Crucible (Sheffield)[46]
2008 The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn Ruth The Old Vic (London) [47]
2009 Circle in the Square Theatre (New York)[48]
2010 Really Old, Like Forty Five by Tamsin Oglesby Cathy The National Theatre (London)[49]
2015 A Christmas Carol Noel Coward Theatre (London)[50]
2018 Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker Marty HOME (Manchester)[51]
2005 Mammals N/A Bush Theatre (London)
2007 Ghosts (Henrik Ibsen adaptation) Gate Theatre (Dublin)
2011 Di and Viv and Rose Vaudeville Theatre (London)[20]

Radio workEdit



Works and publicationsEdit


  • Bullmore, Amelia (2005). Mammals. London: Methuen Pub. ISBN 978-0-413-77522-1. OCLC 82367220.
  • Ibsen, Henrik; Bullmore, Amelia (new translation by) (2007). Ghosts. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 978-0-713-68577-0. OCLC 891562141.
  • Bullmore, Amelia (2013). Di and Viv and Rose. London: Bloomsbury Methune Drama. ISBN 978-1-472-50857-7. OCLC 843806192.


  • Bullmore, Amelia (written by); Davis, Julia; McQuarrie, Stuart; Rabbit, Anne; Treves, Simon; Marinker, Peter (2007). "Cash Flow" (Radio program (15 min)). From Fact to Fiction. BBC Radio 4.
  • Bullmore, Amelia (written by); Nighy, Bill; Parkinson, Katherine; Agutter, Jenny; Baker, Sean; Peate, Mary (directed by) (2009). "The Bat Man" (Radio program (45 min)). Afternoon Drama. BBC Radio 4.
  • Bullmore, Amellia (written by); Peate, Mary (directed by); Cunniffe, Emma; Miles, Ben (2009). "The Middle" (Radio program (1 hr)). Saturday Drama. BBC Radio 4.
  • Bullmore, Amelia (created by, written by); Peake, Maxine (2009). "Craven" (Radio program (15 min)). 15 Minute Drama. BBC Radio 4.
  • Bullmore, Amelia (written by); Crook, Mackenzie (2011). "Family Tree" (Radio program (45 min)). Afternoon Drama. BBC Radio 4.
  • Bullmore, Amelia (written by) (2012). "Craven: Looking for Mr King" (Radio program (45 min)). Afternoon Drama. BBC Radio 4.

Other writingEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Calkin, Jessamy (2 October 2014). "Scott and Bailey's Amelia Bullmore on acting, baking and her love of Bananagrams". The Telegraph.
  2. ^ Walsh, Alyson (13 June 2016). "Creative women at work: Amelia Bullmore". That's Not My Age: The Grownup Guide to Great Style.
  3. ^ a b c Gilbey, Ryan (15 January 2015). "Amelia Bullmore: 'I love choppy waters'". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Amelia Bullmore". United Agents. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Anthony, Andrew (28 April 2012). "Amelia Bullmore: 'I like to think that I don't look like those people'". The Guardian.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "Attachments". World Productions. BBC Worldwide. 2000.
  8. ^ a b "Black Cab". World Productions. BBC Worldwide. 1999.
  9. ^ a b c Wylie, Ian (29 June 2011). "Back 'home' – former Coronation Street star Amelia Bullmore turned Scott & Bailey cop". Manchester Evening News.
  10. ^ Hume, Lucy, ed. (2017). "Bullmore, Prof Edward Thomas". Debrett's People of Today 2017. London, UK: Debrett's Peerage Limited. ISBN 978-1-786-84310-4. OCLC 985347513.
  11. ^ a b c Gilbert, Gerard (4 March 2012). "Amelia Bullmore: 'My brother calls me the family pornographer'". The Independent.
  12. ^
  13. ^ a b c "Sonja bags a partridge". The Scotsman. 9 November 2002.
  14. ^ Cumming, Michael (2006). "Down The Line - Behind The Microphone". BBC Radio 4.
  15. ^ Carson, Sarah (10 November 2017). "Meet the cast of Happy Valley series two". Radio Times.
  16. ^ Billington, Michael (11 April 2005). "Mammals, Bush Theatre, London". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Benedict, David (5 March 2006). "Mammals". Variety.
  18. ^ Masters, Tim (13 February 2013). "Amelia Bullmore explores female friendship in Di and Viv and Rose". BBC News.
  19. ^ Gruber, Fiona; Bullmore, Amelia (2 August 2017). "MTC Talks: Interview with Amelia Bullmore" (Audio interview). Melbourne Theatre Company.
  20. ^ a b Billington, Michael (30 January 2015). "Di and Viv and Rose review – female friendship explored with wit". The Guardian.
  21. ^ Bullmore, Amelia (17 January 2015). "Amelia Bullmore: How I wrote my latest play with a little help from my friends". The Independent.
  22. ^ Editorial Staff (20 February 2015). "Di and Viv and Rose announces early closure". WhatsOnStage.
  23. ^ "Amelia M Bullmore: England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005". 1993.
  24. ^ "Writers' Guild Awards 1996". Writers' Guild of Great Britain. 1996.
  25. ^ "Plays: 2000's. Mammals, Amelia Bullmore". Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
  26. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (25 February 2006). "Bullmore's Mammals and Kuti's Sugar Wife Share 2006 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize". Playbill.
  27. ^ Gans, Andrew (21 May 2009). "59th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards Presented May 21". Playbill.
  28. ^ "The Crime Thriller Award Winners 2013". Dead Good. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  29. ^ "The List of 2018 Winners". BBC Radio 4. 2018.
  30. ^ Gooch, Victoria (25 April 2012). "Big Train: a cult comedy that proved an early platform for top talent". The Guardian.
  31. ^ Wylie, Ian (29 June 2011). "Scott and Bailey: Amelia Bullmore". Life of Wylie.
  32. ^ McNally, Kevin; Bullmore, Amelia (16 June 2016). "Power Monkeys' Kevin McNally And Amelia Bullmore On EU Referendum Satire" (Video interview). Good Morning Britain.
  33. ^ "British Newspaper Archive (including Breaking Rank 1987 production info". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  34. ^ "The Red Balloon (1989)". Google Books. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Amelia Bullmore" (PDF). Troika Talent. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  36. ^ "British Newspaper Archive (includes The Threepenny Opera production info". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  37. ^ "Romeo and Juliet". Neil Stuke. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  38. ^ "Amelia Bullmore". The Stage. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  39. ^ "Sweet Bird of Youth (1992)". University of Glasgow Scottish Theatre Archive. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  40. ^ "British Newspaper Archive (includes How the Other Half Loves and All My Sons production info)". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  41. ^ "Inadmissible Evidence (1993)". Google books. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  42. ^ "The Queen & I". Theatricalia. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  43. ^ "Playwright and actor Amelia Bullmore". The Stage. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  44. ^ Taylor, Paul (5 April 1996). "The Thickness of Skin Royal Court Upstairs, London". The Independent.
  45. ^ "Amelia Bullmore CV" (PDF). Troika Talent. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  46. ^ Spencer, Charles (12 February 2004). "When a flawed classic becomes a must-see". The Telegraph.
  47. ^ "The Norman Conquests". The Old Vic. 2008.
  48. ^ "Unrequited Love, in Triplicate". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  49. ^ "Tamsin Oglesby's Really Old, Like Forty-Five opens at London's National Theatre". Playbill. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  50. ^ Shenton, Mark (9 December 2015). "A Christmas Carol, Starring Jim Broadbent, Opens On The West End Tonight". Playbill.
  51. ^ "Circle Mirror Transformation". HOME. 2018.
  52. ^ McEwan, Ian (novel by); Bullmore, Amelia (read by); Hall, Christine (abridged and produced by) (7 September 2012). "Sweet Tooth (episode 5)" (Radio program (15 min)). Book at Bedtime. BBC Radio 4.
  53. ^ Stibbe, Nina (written by); Bullmore, Amelia (reader) (11 March 2016). "Delamere's Meadow" (Radio program (15 min)). First for Radio. BBC Radio 4.
  54. ^ Atack, Timothy X (written by); Bullmore, Amelia (14 September 2017). "The Beard" (Radio program (45 min)). First for Radio. BBC Radio 4.

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