Laura Aikman

Laura Holly Aikman (born 24 December 1985)[2] 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 34)
London,[1] United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
EmployerBBC
ITV
TelevisionThe Mysti Show (2004–2005)
Casualty (2009–2011)
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.[3][4] She attended Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree, Hertfordshire.[5] She has a brother, Luke Aikman, who appeared as a child in the 1997 film Fever Pitch.[6]

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[7] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Rock With Rudolph Herself Music Video
2014 The Hatching Lucy
Amar Akbar & Tony Samantha
Cancer Hair Claire Short
2013 Bula Quo! Caroline
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Rosie
2010 Rules of Love 'Receptionist'
Freight Julie Taylor
2007 BloodMonkey Sydney
Popcorn Jeannie
Rude Awakenings Aly
2006 Jam Louise
1999 Virtual Sexuality Lucy Parker
1998 The Scarlet Tunic Dotty
1997 The Unusual Children Hela
1996 Surviving Picasso[7] Maya
Television appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Gavin and Stacey Sonia Christmas special
2018 Shane the Chef Penny Four episodes
2018 Space Chickens in Space Starley (voice) Main role
2017 Liar Charlotte 1 episode
2016 Lovesick Jo 2 episodes
2016 Jack Taylor (In Purgatory) Kelly 1 episode
2016 Josh Amy (Josh's date) Series 2 guest
2015 Waterloo Road Lorna Hutchinson Series 10 regular
2015 Bluestone 42 Captain Ellen Best Series 3
2014–2015 The Job Lot Natalie
2014 Siblings Amanda Episode 5
2013–2014, 2016 Citizen Khan Debbie Series 2, Episode 1
Series 3, Episodes 5 and 6 (2014)
Series 5, Episode 2 (2016)
2013 Way to Go Julia
Pramface Jenny
2012–2014 4 O'Clock Club Miss Melanie "Mel" Poppy Elmsbury Teacher
2012 Lemon La Vida Loca Rosie
2011, 2014 Not Going Out Debbie Series 4, Episode 2
Series 7, Episode 10
2009–2010 Casualty Dr May Phelps Series 24
2009 Personal Affairs Lucy Baxter
FM Sky
Demons Alice
2008 Teenage Kicks Millie
2007 The Bill Tanya Murphy Episode "Copycat Killer"
That Mitchell and Webb Look (various)
Dis/Connected Paula
Signs of Life Daisy BBC Switch
Reveal Herself TV Magazine Commercial
Six Paula BBC pilot
2006 Baggy Trousers Carly
The Best Man Alison Poley
Trial & Retribution Kelly Hobson
2005 The Message (various)
2004–2005 The Mysti Show Mysti
2004 The Story of Tracy Beaker Mysti
Children in Need Special N/A
2003 Doctors Katy Harding Ep "Inner Circles"
2001 Great Expectations Young Biddy
Kerching! Fleur
U Get Me unknown
2000 Casualty Rebecca Bright Ep "Choked" (Part 1)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Secret World Mei Ling
2013 Divinity: Dragon Commander General Scarlett
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Additional Voices
2015 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Yda Hext
2017 Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Lyse
2018 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Jade

Theatre appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Stuart St Paul – celebrity guest speaker's novel series Cruise Ship Crime Investigators heading for TV". Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Alumnae". Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Fever Pitch (1997) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Who is Laura Aikman, the actress who plays Smithy's girlfriend Sonia in Gavin and Stacey?". WalesOnline. 25 December 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Gavin And Stacey's Laura Aikman initially 'disappointed' by Christmas special character Sonia". Metro. 26 December 2019.
  9. ^ "TV stars sing for Great Ormond Street Christmas charity single". ITV. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2020.

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