Chelsea Halfpenny

Chelsea Halfpenny (born 26 September 1991) is an English actress, known for her roles as Amy Wyatt in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and Alicia Munroe in the BBC drama Casualty.

Chelsea Halfpenny
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Halfpenny in 2009
Chelsea Halfpenny Stell

(1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 28)
Gateshead, England
Years active2004–present
TelevisionEmmerdale (2010–2013)
Casualty (2015–2019)
RelativesJill Halfpenny (aunt)

Early lifeEdit

Halfpenny attended St Augustine's Primary School in Leam Lane, Gateshead and then went on to attend St Edmund Campion School in Wrekenton,[1] both of which her aunt, Jill Halfpenny, attended. She also attended Saturday fame school classes at the Reavley Theatre School, Gateshead.[2] Halfpenny lived on the Leam Lane Estate, in Gateshead.[3]


Television and filmEdit

Halfpenny's professional acting career began in 2004 when she appeared in the Casualty episode "What Parents Do", playing an eleven-year-old girl called Karine. In the same year, she booked a role as Lucy Summerbee in popular children's television series Byker Grove. Halfpenny secured the role after answering an advertisement in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.[3] She remained in the series until 2006.

After leaving Byker Grove in 2006, Halfpenny continued to work in the North East. She featured in an independent short film for Sham Films, called Cherry Pop.[4]

Halfpenny featured in the 2010 short film Compulsion, directed by Andy McVicar. She played the female lead Kelly, in a story of young adolescent love.[5] The film was funded by Northern Film and Media's Digital Nation initiative fund. Made for £20,000, Compulsion won the British Council award for "Best New Short Film'" at the London Film Festival.[6]

On 8 October 2010, Halfpenny made her first appearance on Yorkshire-based soap opera Emmerdale as runaway teenager Amy Wyatt, who became a regular character.[7] On 11 October 2013, Halfpenny confirmed that she was to leave Emmerdale. Her last episode was shown on 14 November 2013. Later in 2013, Halfpenny portrayed Sarah in a short film called Lilium, a production by students at Teesside University.[8]

In 2015, Halfpenny joined the cast of BBC medical drama Casualty. She portrayed the role of Alicia Munroe, a year 1 foundation officer doctor. Halfpenny's first episode aired on 19 September 2015. Halfpenny had signed for eight episodes and departed the show on 14 November 2015, but in May 2016, it was announced that Halfpenny would return to Casualty, with her return episode airing on 30 July 2016.[9] On 15 January 2019, it was confirmed that Halfpenny would be leaving Casualty after four years.[10]


In 2009, Halfpenny progressed to the Open Mic UK national finals, with Newcastle-based girl group Vivo.

In 2011, Halfpenny featured on a DVD release by MWM Records, called Big River Big Songs. She sang a solo of "I Still Love Him" and sang a duet, "The Shoe Makker" with fellow Emmerdale cast member Charlie Hardwick.[11][12] Both songs sung by Halfpenny were made for paid download on iTunes on 12 March 2012.[13][14]


In 2012, Halfpenny took part in Sunday for Sammy, a biannual charity concert held in aid of the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund, which benefits young performers in the Newcastle area. Starring alongside Angela Lonsdale and Denise Welch, Halfpenny played Lambrini, a young Newcastle woman on community service.[15] In 2014, she appeared in a variety of roles in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Maxine Peake's Beryl – celebrating the sporting achievements of cyclist Beryl Burton.[16] In 2019, it was announced that she would be taking over the role of Judy in 9 to 5: The Musical, as part of the West End theatre production.

Personal lifeEdit

She is the daughter of Newcastle DJ Paula Halfpenny and the niece of actress Jill Halfpenny.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Casualty Karine Series 18, Episode 26; "What Parents Do"
2004–2006 Byker Grove Lucy Summerbee
2007 Byker Babe Herself
2010–2013 Emmerdale Amy Wyatt Series regular
2015–2019 Casualty Alicia Munroe Recurring (2015), series regular (2016–2019)
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cherry Pop Tracy Short film
2010 Compulsion Kelly Short film funded by Northern Film and Media
2013 Lilium Sarah Short film made by Teesside University students
2018 Cry Baby Blue Abi Short film

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Family viewing". The Sunday Sun. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Jill has the Xtra factor". Ic Newcastle. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Newest Grover's tips from TV aunt". Ic Newcastle. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Cherry Pop". Sham Films. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  5. ^ "NFM funded short scoops top prize". Northern Film Media. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Andy McVicar film Compulsion wins London Short Film Festival prize". The Journal. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Amy Wyatt Character Profile". Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Lilium". YouTube.
  9. ^ "Casualty: Charlie is sacked in dramatic new summer trailer".
  10. ^ Dainty, Sophie (15 January 2019). "Casualty exit for Alicia Munroe as Chelsea Halfpenny bows out". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  11. ^ "DVD captures the heart and soul of the River Tyne". The Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  12. ^ Mason Wareham Official Video Trailer
  13. ^ "Still I Love Him (Big River Big Songs – The Tyne) (feat. The Hush) – Single". Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Shoemakker (Big River Big Songs – The Tyne) (feat. Billy Mitchell, Ray Ladlaw) – Single". Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Review: Sunday For Sammy, Newcastle City Hall". The Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Production Information: Beryl". West Yorkshire Playhouse. Archived from the original on 5 August 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Chelsea Halfpenny: Playing Emmerdale mum hasn't made me broody". The Mirror. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

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