Kellie Denise Bright (born 1 July 1976) is an English actress. Her roles include Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, for which she won the 2015 British Soap Awards for Best Actress and Best Dramatic Performance, Julie in Ali G Indahouse, Joanna Burrows in The Upper Hand (1990–1996), Cassie Tyler in Bad Girls (2002) and Joan Trotter, the mother of Del Boy in Rock & Chips (2010–2011). In 2015, she was the runner-up in the 13th series of the BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.
Bright in 2016
Kellie Denise Bright
1 July 1976
Brentwood, Essex, England
|EastEnders (1986, 2013–)|
The Upper Hand (1990–1996)
Bad Girls (2002)
Rock & Chips (2010–2011)
Strictly Come Dancing (2015)
Bright has been acting since she was 11, appearing on stage in shows such as Annie and Les Misérables, before landing a place at The Sylvia Young Theatre School. As a child actress, she appeared in several different series' on British television in the late 1980s and the 1990s, including T-Bag and Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. In 1990, at the age of 13, Bright was cast as Joanna Burrows in TV series The Upper Hand alongside William Puttock, Joe McGann, Diana Weston and Honor Blackman which ran for six years.
After The Upper Hand had finished, Bright has said that she struggled to make ends meet. She says, "I didn't have any acting work, so I got a job waiting on tables to pay the mortgage, but it was while The Upper Hand was still on air. Next thing I know, a customer had called a newspaper saying I was there and some photographers appeared out of the blue snapping away." She also worked as a receptionist at a nightclub in London. She continued, "I was getting rejected from one job after another and no matter how much I tried not to take it personally, a part of me couldn't help but think: 'I was too ugly to get that part'."  Bright played Kate Madikane (née Aldridge) in Radio 4's The Archers, and was with the series from 1995 until 2004.
Bright has also had main roles in Bad Girls and BBC radio programme The Archers. She has also guest starred in Da Ali G Show and made an appearance in the film Ali G Indahouse. Bright has made several guest appearances on British television programmes, her credits include Holby City, Casualty, The Catherine Tate Show and Vera.
In October 2013, Bright was cast as Linda Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Linda made her first on screen appearance on 19 December 2013, but officially arrived on Albert Square with her husband, Mick (played by Danny Dyer) and her children on 26 December 2013. The Carter family were created by the show's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins who planned to completely revamp the show. Since her arrival, Bright's character Linda has been a part of some of the show's biggest storylines such as struggling to accept that her son Johnny (Sam Strike) is gay. In October 2014, Linda was involved in a controversial storyline where she was raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). On filming this particular storyline, Bright stated that "It is a challenging storyline, but it is an important storyline and I feel honoured to have been given it". Bright was praised for her performance during this storyline. Bright won the 2014 Digital Spy's Readers Award for Best Female Soap Actress. Along with Dyer, Bright was nominated for "Best On-screen Partnership" at The British Soap Awards 2014 for the relationship between Mick and Linda. In 2015, she was nominated for the "Serial Drama Performance" award at the National Television Awards, however the award was won by Dyer. She has been nominated for "Best Actress" and "Best Dramatic Performance" at The British Soap Awards 2015. Bright won both.
On 12 March 2015, Bright revealed that she had received "personal letters" from rape victims who had been affected by Linda's story, leaving her feeling "humbled" by the audience's response.
In 1992, Bright voiced the character of Beauty in the Bevanfield Films production of Beauty and the Beast. She has also voiced several video game characters, including the Hero of Brightwall in the game Fable III in 2010. In 2011, Bright did voicework for Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles as the medic Sharla.
Bright took part in the BBC's Children in Need appeal in 2014 along with Danny Dyer and the rest of the EastEnders cast who performed a Grease medley titled "Grease Enders". Bright appears as Linda though dressed up as Sandy Olsen. She performed in "You're the One That I Want" and "We Go Together".
In September 2015, Bright joined the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. Bright chose to continue playing Linda Carter on EastEnders while competing on Strictly Come Dancing, working all day at EastEnders and rehearses for Strictly in the evening. Paired with professional dancer Kevin Clifton, she was described by head judge Len Goodman as a "great all round dancer". On 19 December the pair reached the final three and topped the leaderboard with a score of 119. Their score including two maximum scores of 40 for their Tango to "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks and their showdance to "The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Their final dance, a Charleston to "Cantina Band" from Star Wars, scored 39, but the public voted Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani as the competition winners.
|Week #||Dance / Song||Judges' scores||Total||Result|
|Craig Revel Horwood||Darcey Bussell||Len Goodman||Bruno Tonioli|
|1||Tango / "You Really Got Me"||6||7||7||7||27||None|
|2||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"||6||7||7||7||27||Safe|
|3||Charleston / "Cantina Band"||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|4||Foxtrot / "Dream a little dream of me"||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|5||Jive / "One Way or Another"||8||9||9||9||35||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble / "School's Out"||7||7||7||7||28||Safe|
|7||Waltz / "Love Ain't Here Anymore"||8||8||8||8||32||Bottom two|
|8||Samba / "Boom! Shake the Room"||9||8||7||9||33||Safe|
|9||Quickstep / "9 to 5"||9||9||9||10||37||Safe|
|10||Salsa / "I Want You Back"||8||8||9||9||34||Bottom two|
|Quickstep-a-thon / Sing, Sing, Sing||Judges Awarded 2 Points||36|
|11||Viennese Waltz / "Oom-Pah-Pah"||9||9||9||9||36||Safe|
|12||Rumba / "Songbird"||9||8||9||8||34||Safe|
|American Smooth / "Let's Face the Music and Dance"||9||10||10||10||39|
|Final||Tango / "You Really Got Me"||10||10||10||10||40||Runner-up|
|Showdance / "The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line"||10||10||10||10||40|
|Charleston / "Cantina Band"||9||10||10||10||39|
Bright married her long-term partner, Paul Stocker, at Trelill, Cornwall on 5 July 2014. On 4 December 2011 she gave birth to her first son, Freddie. On 19 May 2016, Bright announced via Twitter that she was expecting her second child. She gave birth to her second son, Gene, on 21 November 2016.
|2002||Ali G Indahouse||Julie||Main role|
|2003||How (Not) to Make a Short Film||Stefania||Short film|
|2005||Imagine Me and You||Terri|
|1986||EastEnders||Bridesmaid||1 episode (Uncredited)|
|1989||T-Bag and the Revenge of the T-Set||Sally Simpkins/Anastasia||10 episodes|
|1989||The Bill||Mr. Carmody's daughter||Uncredited|
|1989||Maid Marian and Her Merry Men||Little girl||Main Cast|
|1989||T-Bag's Christmas Carol||Sally Simpkins||TV movie|
|1990||T-Bag and the Pearls of Wisdom||Sally Simpkins||10 episodes|
|1990–1996||The Upper Hand||Joanna Burrows||94 episodes|
|1991||The Grove Family||Daphne Grove||One-off re-make to celebrate closure of Lime Grove Studios|
|1992||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty|
|1996||Scenes||Clare||One episode: Alison|
|1998||The Bill||Lianne Clark||1 episode|
|2000||Nature Boy||Katy||1 episode|
|2000||Cor, Blimey!||Viola||TV Movie|
|2000||The Thing About Vince||Sally|
|2001||Outriders||Julia's Mother||2 episodes|
|2002||Bad Girls||Cassie Tyler||12 episodes|
|2002||The House That Jack Built||Lisa Squire||6 episodes|
|2002||Silent Witness||DC Mona Westlake|
|2005||Jericho||WPC Penny Collins|
|2005||The Alice||Lynette||1 episode|
|2006||Vital Signs||Yvonne||1 episode|
|2006||Two Women||Woman||1 episode|
|2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Kelly||Christmas Special|
|2008||New Tricks||Sarah Madeley||1 episode|
|2008||Horne & Corden||Various roles||5 episodes|
|2009||Hotel Babylon||Meredith Sutton||1 episode|
|2009||Holby City||Joy Miller||2 episodes|
|2010||Come Rain, Come Shine||Joanne Mitchell||TV movie|
|2010–2011||Rock & Chips||Joan Trotter||Main cast|
|2012||One Night||Dawn||2 episodes|
|2013||Great Night Out||Shona||1 episode|
|2013||Casualty||Tina Caffola||1 episode|
|2013–present||EastEnders||Linda Carter||Series regular|
|2014||Vera||Vanessa Barnes||1 episode|
|2014||Children in Need 2014||Linda Carter||Grease Enders – EastEnders cast do Grease|
|2015||Strictly Come Dancing||Herself||Participant|
|2015||Strictly – It Takes Two||Herself||Weekly guest|
|1995–2004||The Archers||Kate Madikane||Main role|
|2010||Fable III||Hero of Brightwall|
|2011||Dragon Age II||Grace/Idunna/Guardsman Brennan/Ella/Ginnis|
|2020||Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition||Sharla|
|2014||On Set With...Kellie Bright||Herself||EastEnders web series|
|2015||Ramsay Square||Linda Carter||Neighbours 30th Birthday Tribute|
|2016||EastEnders: Back To Ours||Herself||Web series|
Selected theatre performancesEdit
- Caddie in Snake in Fridge by Brad Fraser. World premiere directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2000)
- Masha in The Seagull by Anton Chekov. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2003)
- Amanda in Cold Meat Party by Brad Fraser. World premiere directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2003)
- The title role in Mary Barton adapted by Rona Munroe. Directed by Sarah Frankcom at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2006)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||The British Soap Awards||Best On-Screen Partnership (with Danny Dyer)||EastEnders||Nominated|
|2014||Digital Spy Reader's Award||Best Female Soap Actor||Won|
|2015||National Television Awards||Outstanding Serial Drama Performance||Nominated|
|2015||The British Soap Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2015||Best Dramatic Performance||Won|
|2016||Inside Soap Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2018||Inside Soap Awards||Best Partnership (with Danny Dyer)||Won|
|2018||National Television Awards||Serial Drama Performance||Nominated|
|2018||I Talk Telly Awards||Best Soap Partnership (with Danny Dyer)||Nominated|
|2019||TRIC Awards||Best Soap Actor||Won|
|2020||TV Choice Awards||Best Soap Actress||Nominated|
|2020||Inside Soap Awards||Best Actress||Pending|
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- "Episode dated 27 December 1991". Retrieved 6 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
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- Ramsay Square – EastEnders: Neighbours 30th Anniversary tribute – BBC One. YouTube. 17 March 2015.
- "Coronation Street's Shelley King and Emmerdale's Emma Atkins receive Inside Soap Award nominations". Digital Spy. 12 September 2020.
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|Awards and achievements|
| British Soap Award for Best Actress
Frankie Bridge & Kevin Clifton
Simon Webbe & Kristina Rihanoff
| Strictly Come Dancing runner-up
(with partner Kevin Clifton)
Series 13 (2015)
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse
Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton