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Elizabeth Rider is an English actress, sometimes credited as Liza Rider. She is known for her portrayal of Lynette Driver in BBC soap opera Doctors.

Elizabeth Rider
Elizabeth Rider
Other namesLiza Rider
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama
Years active1979–present



Rider trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded its Gold Medal. From there, she joined the Radio Drama Company by winning the Carlton Hobbs Bursary,[1] which gave her a contract for six months.


Rider's first television acting job was as Norah in the 1979 miniseries Testament of Youth. In 1997, she landed the role of Sheila Thwaite in The Lakes. In 1999, she appeared in ITV soap opera Coronation Street as Ashley Peacock's biological mother. In 2004, she had a ten-episode role playing Jill Green in EastEnders.

Rider appeared in Series Two and Three of the drama At Home with the Braithwaites in 2001 and 2002, as Helen Braithwaite. She also voiced Atris in the video game Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. She appeared in five episodes in Series 23 of the long-running medical drama series Casualty, playing troubled mum Cathy Malone. She has also appeared in Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Holby City, Hollyoaks, The Street, The Accused, The Tunnel, Call the Midwife, Marchlands, Informer and the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Time of the Doctor", among many other dramas. Since 2009, Rider has portrayed the recurring role of DCI Lynette Driver on the BBC soap opera Doctors.


  1. ^ Carlton Hobbs Bursary winners at, accessed 23 January 2018

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