Kierston Wareing

Kierston Wareing (born 7 January 1978)[1] is an English actress. Her first film role was the lead in Ken Loach's It's a Free World..., followed by a supporting role in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank – which won the BAFTA award for ‘Best British Film’ and the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kierston Wareing
Born (1978-01-07) 7 January 1978 (age 42)
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
Years active2007–present

Her television roles include miniseries The Runaway, The Take, Luther, and The Shadow Line. She is also known for her roles in EastEnders[2] and in Hollyoaks.


She starred in Ken Loach's film It's a Free World... as Angie. She has also played in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank (2009) and Martina Cole's The Take. She has been nominated for one BAFTA award and three British Independent Film Awards.

She played the character Heather in Channel 4's Top Boy and joined the cast of BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2012, making her first appearance as Kirsty Branning on 25 December 2012.[3]

She left the show on 9 January 2014. Wareing also played Delilah in the television series The Bible in 2013. Wareing joined the cast of Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks in 2015 as new villainess Ashley Davidson[4] with her first episode airing on 7 September 2015. In a shock twist, Ashley was killed by the unknown Gloved Hand Killer as part of a ten-month long storyline which saw the unknown assailant kill various villagers. Her last appearance was aired on 19 October 2015, during the 20th anniversary week of the show.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Wire in the Blood Tina Adams TV series (1 episode: "The Colour of Amber")
It's a Free World... Angela Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Rise of the Footsoldier Kate Carter
2008 Trial & Retribution Leigh Fisher TV series (2 episodes)
Leaving Helen Brest European Short Film Festival Acting Award (shared with Johnny Harris)
2009 The Case of Unfaithful Klara Nina
Banged Up Abroad Clare Matthews
Runaway Kelly TV series (3 episodes)
Fish Tank Joanne Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
The Take Jackie TV series (4 episodes)
2010 Five Daughters Nina TV series (3 episodes)
Basement Sarah
Bonded By Blood Kate Smith
2011 The Runaway Madge TV series (5 episodes)
The Shadow Line Lia Honey TV series (7 episodes)
Scott & Bailey Victoria Birkinshaw TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.4")
Luther Caroline Jones TV series (Season 2: 4 episodes)
The Holding Cassie Naylor
Four Wife
The Lodger Angie
Top Boy Heather Four-part TV drama
2012 Twenty8k Francesca Marchetto
Inside Men Gina Four-part TV drama
Love Bite Natalie
2012–14 EastEnders Kirsty Branning TV series (regular role)
2013 Mad Dogs Lisa TV series (1 episode)
The Bible Delilah TV series
The Fall of the Essex Boys Karen Film
The Double James' Funeral Date Film
2015 Hollyoaks Ashley Davidson TV series; guest role
2017 Cardboard Gangsters Kim Film
2017 100 Streets Kathy Film
2017 The End of the F***ing World Debbie TV
2018 Strike - Career of Evil Leda Strike TV
2018 I Love My Mum Olga Movie
2018 Trust Cockney Pauline 2 episodes
2019 Avengement Bez


  1. ^ Forrester, Katy (22 January 2016). "Kierston Wareing shows off her new look in transformation photoshoot ahead of upcoming role". Daily Mirror. (Trinity Mirror).
  2. ^ BBC One – EastEnders – Kirsty Branning
  3. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (25 December 2012). "'EastEnders': Kierston Wareing talks Kirsty Branning role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (15 August 2015). "Hollyoaks casts EastEnders star Kierston Wareing as new villain Ashley". Digital Spy.
  5. ^ Greenwood, Carl (19 October 2015). "Who is Hollyoaks' Gloved Hand Killer? Murderer revealed during soap's 20th anniversary week". Daily Mirror. (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 16 April 2020.

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