Lisa Palfrey

Lisa Palfrey is a Welsh actress. She is best known for playing the roles of Gwenny in House of America (1997), Mrs. Nice in Guest House Paradiso (1999), Maureen in Pride (2014), Mrs. Dai Bread 1 in Under Milk Wood (2015) and Cynthia in the Netflix original series Sex Education.

Lisa Palfrey
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Palfrey in 1987
Born (1967-02-09) 9 February 1967 (age 53)
Alma materYsgol Gyfun Garth Olwg
Years active1987–present

Early lifeEdit

Palfrey was born in Wales on 9 February 1967, her mother is Eiry Palfrey, an actress and author. She attended Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari, a Welsh language secondary school near Pontyclun.[1]


Palfrey started acting at the age of 20 when she played the role of 15-year-old girl, Jane Sanderson, in the BBC One television series The District Nurse. Her first major role was in the film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.[2] She has gone on to star in the cult film House of America,[3] and appeared as Insp Tracey McAndrew in the third series of Line of Duty and Casualty (2002). She played the role of Rhiannedd Frost in the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm.[4]

Palfrey has performed in a number of plays, including the original production of David Eldridge's Festen,[5] The Iceman Cometh[6] and Under The Blue Sky.[7]

In 2019, Palfrey played the role of Cynthia in the Netflix original series Sex Education. In 2020 she played government minister Eleanor James in the Sky Original drama series Cobra (starring Robert Carlyle as the British Prime Minister).

Personal lifeEdit

Palfrey has a daughter, Lowri Palfrey, who is also an actress.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain Blod Jones
1997 House of America Gwenny
The Deadness of Dad Mam Short film
1999 Guest House Paradiso Mrs. Nice
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem Michelle Short film
2000 Maybe Baby Jan
2003 Y Mabinogi Arianrhod Voice role
2008 Poncho Mamgu Nel Documentary
2011 360 Psychologist
2014 Pride Maureen
2015 Under Milk Wood Mrs. Dai Bread 1
Visiting Mr. Keats Professor Bell Short film
2018 National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Mama
TBA Make Up Shirley Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The District Nurse Jane Sanderson Episode: "A Flick of the Coin"
1993 Thicker Than Water Young Mother TV movie
1996 Lord of Misrule Dr. Amy Clarke
1997 Soldier Soldier Pte Diane Saltmarsh Episode: "Fit to Explode"
The Investigator Sgt Kathy Bartlett TV movie
1999 Split Second Christine Montgomery
2001 Mind Games DC Rebecca Longton
2002 Outside the Rules Lola Davies
Green-Eyed Monster DC Karen Carter
Casualty Melanie Collier 8 episodes
2003 High Hopes Dominique Episode: "Pretty Woman"
2004 The Bill Fee Paterson Episode: "187: Shaken"
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Lizzie Shakespeare Episode: "If Wishes Were Horses"
2010 Pen Talar Doctor Episode: "Episode #1.8"
2013 Family Tree Luba Chadwick Recurring role; 4 episodes
2015 The Bastard Executioner Nia's Mom Episode: "Effigy/Ddelw"
2016 Line of Duty Inspector Tracey McAndrew 3 episodes
Aberfan: The Green Hollow Edna TV movie, documentary
Hinterland Sioned Jones Episode: "Episode #3.1"
2019 Sex Education Cynthia Series regular; 4 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2005 Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske Mum


  1. ^ "Blink - Gofidio nad oes llwyfan i addasiad Cymraeg" (in Welsh). BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
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  3. ^ "Rare bit of Welsh drama". The Herald. 14 August 1997. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Comedian Tudor Owen is getting serious". The Daily Post. 14 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  5. ^,+Lee+Miller+%26+Hardy+Celebrate+Almeida+Festen.html
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  7. ^ Eldridge, David; Williams, Roy; Stephens, Simon; Bartlett, Mike; Prebble, Lucy (2 July 2010). The Methuen Drama Book of Royal Court Plays 2000-2010: Under the Blue Sky; Fallout; Motortown; My Child; Enron. ISBN 9781408123935.

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