Laura Aikman

Laura Holly Aikman (born 24 December 1985)[1] is an English actress, best known for her television appearances.

Laura Aikman
Laura Aikman, Bula Quo, London, 2013 (straighten).jpg
Aikman in 2013
Born
Laura Holly Aikman

(1985-12-24) 24 December 1985 (age 35)
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
EmployerBBC
ITV
TelevisionThe Mysti Show (2004–2005)
Casualty (2009–2010)
Lemon La Vida Loca (2012–2013)
4 O'Clock Club (2012–2014)
The Job Lot (2014–2015)
Waterloo Road (2015)
Gavin & Stacey (2019)
Spouse(s)Matt Kennard
Parent(s)Stuart St. Paul
Jean Heard

Early lifeEdit

Aikman was born in the London Borough of Brent in 1985, the daughter of actor and writer Stuart Aikman (known as Stuart St. Paul) and actress Jean Heard.[2][1] She attended Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree, Hertfordshire.[3] She has a brother, Luke Aikman, who appeared as a child in the 1997 film Fever Pitch.[4]

CareerEdit

In 2009, she appeared in the BBC Three series Personal Affairs playing Lucy. On 8 August 2009, it was announced that Aikman would be joining the cast of Casualty, and her role as May Phelps[5] started on 12 September 2009. Aikman appeared in 35 episodes, her final appearance aired on 8 May 2010. In December 2010, Aikman appeared as the receptionist in the BBC Switch film, Rules of Love. Aikman also starred in the UK sitcom Not Going Out, as Debbie, the girl who thinks she might be Lee's daughter. She also had a two-year role in the CBBC show 4 O'Clock Club as Melanie Poppy, a music teacher.

In 2012, Aikman starred alongside Leigh Francis's alter ego Keith Lemon in his TV show Lemon La Vida Loca during the first series. She played the role of his Yorkshire girlfriend, Rosie. Aikman announced that she would not be returning to the show for the second series despite making an appearance in episode 1. In July 2014, it was announced that Aikman would be joining the cast of Waterloo Road for the tenth and final series as deputy headteacher Lorna Hutchinson.[5]

Aikman joined the cast for the second series of ITV sitcom The Job Lot which aired in 2014.

On 16 March 2015, she made her first appearance as Captain Ellen Best in Bluestone 42. In 2016, she appeared in the Netflix comedy series Lovesick. In December 2019, she appeared in the Christmas special of Gavin & Stacey as Smithy's girlfriend, Sonia.[6]

In 2018, Aikman joined 26 other celebrities at Metropolis Studios, to perform an original Christmas song called Rock With Rudolph. The song was released in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and was released digitally on independent record label Saga Entertainment on 30 November 2018. The music video debuted exclusively with The Sun on 29 November 2018 and had its first TV showing on Good Morning Britain on 30 November 2018. The song peaked at number two on the iTunes pop chart.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Aikman is married to fellow actor Matt Kennard.[8][9]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2018 "Rock With Rudolph" Herself Music Video [10]
2014 The Hatching Lucy [11][12]
Amar Akbar & Tony Samantha [13][14]
Cancer Hair Claire Short [15][16]
2013 Bula Quo! Caroline [17][18][19]
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Rosie [20][21][22]
2010 Rules of Love 'Receptionist' [23]
Freight Julie Taylor [24][25]
2007 BloodMonkey Sydney [26][11]
Popcorn Jeannie [11]
Rude Awakenings Aly [11]
2006 Jam Louise [11]
1999 Virtual Sexuality Lucy Parker [27][11]
1998 The Scarlet Tunic Dotty [28][11]
1997 The Unusual Children Hela [11]
1996 Surviving Picasso[5] Maya [29][11]
Television appearances
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2021 The One Lucy Bell [11]
2021 Death in Paradise Cheryl Jackson Series 10, Episode 3 [11]
2020 The Split Tabby Two episodes [11]
2019 Gavin & Stacey Sonia Christmas special [30][31]
2019 Sadie Sparks Val Garcia/Selina Sparks/Additional voices Recurring voice role [32]
2018 Shane the Chef Penny Voice role, four episodes [citation needed]
2018 Space Chickens in Space Starley (voice) Main role [33][better source needed]
2017 Liar Charlotte 1 episode [34][35]
2016 Lovesick Jo 2 episodes [36][11]
2016 Jack Taylor (In Purgatory) Kelly 1 episode [37][38]
2016 Josh Amy (Josh's date) Series 2 guest [39]
2015 Waterloo Road Lorna Hutchinson Regular role; 10 episodes (Series 10) [40][41][42]
2015 Bluestone 42 Captain Ellen Best Series 3 [43][44]
2014–2015 The Job Lot Natalie Series 2–3 [45][46]
2014 Siblings Amanda Episode 5 [47]
2013–2014, 2016 Citizen Khan Debbie Series 2, Episode 1
Series 3, Episodes 5 and 6 (2014)
Series 5, Episode 2 (2016)
[48]
2013 Way to Go Julia [49]
Pramface Jenny [11]
2012–2014 4 O'Clock Club Miss Melanie "Mel" Poppy Elmsbury Teacher [50]
2012 Lemon La Vida Loca Rosie [51][11]
2011, 2014 Not Going Out Debbie Series 4, Episode 2
Series 7, Episode 10
[52]
2009–2010 Casualty Dr May Phelps Series 24 [53][54]
2009 Personal Affairs Lucy Baxter [55][56]
FM Sky [11]
Demons Alice [57][11]
2008 Teenage Kicks Millie [11]
2007 The Bill Tanya Murphy Episode "Copycat Killer" [11]
That Mitchell and Webb Look (various) [58]
Dis/Connected Paula [59]
Signs of Life Daisy BBC Switch [11]
Reveal Herself TV magazine commercial [citation needed]
Six Paula BBC pilot [citation needed]
2006 Baggy Trousers Carly [11]
The Best Man Alison Poley [11]
Trial & Retribution Kelly Hobson [60]
2005 The Message (various) [11]
2004–2005 The Mysti Show Mysti [61]
2004 The Story of Tracy Beaker Mysti [citation needed]
Children in Need Special N/A [citation needed]
2003 Doctors Katy Harding Ep "Inner Circles" [11]
2001 Great Expectations Young Biddy [62][63]
Kerching! Fleur [11]
U Get Me Claire [11]
2000 Casualty Rebecca Bright Ep "Choked" (Part 1) [64]
Video games
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2012 The Secret World Mei Ling [citation needed]
2013 Divinity: Dragon Commander General Scarlett [citation needed]
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Additional voices [citation needed]
2015 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Yda Hext [citation needed]
2017 Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Lyse [65][better source needed]
2018 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Jade [65][better source needed]

Theatre appearancesEdit

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