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Elizabeth Rider is an English actress, sometimes credited as Liza Rider.
She 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, which gave her a contract for six months.
Since 2009 she has played the role of Lynette Driver in BBC soap Doctors, where she is a semi-regular cast member.
Rider's first television acting job was as Norah in the 1979 miniseries Testament of Youth. In the late 1990s she landed the role of Sheila Thwaite in The Lakes. In 1999, she appeared in 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. She has just completed two episodes of Lewis. Since 2009, Rider is a character on the BBC drama Doctors, playing the part of DCI Lynette Driver.
- Carlton Hobbs Bursary winners at BBC.co.uk, accessed 23 January 2018