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Mia Sasha McKenna-Bruce[1] (born 3 July 1997)[2] is an English actress, best known for her roles as Tee Taylor in Tracy Beaker Returns[3] and in spin-off series The Dumping Ground;[4] as Penny Branning in EastEnders;[5] and as Ashley Tyler in 2009 film The Fourth Kind.[6][7][8]

Mia McKenna-Bruce
Mia Sasha McKenna-Bruce

(1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 22)
London, England
Years active2006–present


Early and personal lifeEdit

McKenna-Bruce was born in Greater London, England and was raised in Chislehurst, Bromley, with her mother Angela, father and two younger sisters, Ellis and Anya, who is also an actress.[9][1][10][11][12] McKenna-Bruce took dance classes at Liz Burville Performing Arts Centre in Bexley and was a student at Belcanto London Academy.[10][1] McKenna-Bruce attends Sapphire Dance Academy in Bexleyheath.[5] She attended Maidstone Grammar School for Girls.[13]


McKenna-Bruce's first role was a ballet girl in the West End production of Billy Elliot.[14][15] Her first TV role was the minor role of Ester in the TV short, Small Dark Places.[16] She then starred in Holby City as Abi Taylor for one episode.[17] McKenna-Bruce then appeared in EastEnders as Penny Branning.[5] She had a two episode guest in January 2008 and then another three episode guest stint April 2008. McKenna-Bruce next starred in The Bill in 2009 as Keira Curtis for one episode.[18] She then moved on to Doctors for three episodes.[19]

Later in 2009, McKenna-Bruce starred in her first film role, The Fourth Kind, playing Ashley Tyler.[6][7][8] Her next role was as main character Tee Taylor in Tracy Beaker Returns for three years from 2010 to 2012.[3] In 2011, McKenna-Bruce appeared in the TV series Spy for 1 episode[20] and in 5 episodes of The Tracy Beaker Survival Guide. McKenna-Bruce reprised the role of Tee Taylor from 2013 until 2016 (and again as a guest in 2017) in the spin-off series The Dumping Ground.[4] McKenna-Bruce played Tee Taylor in a The Dumping Ground spin-off, The Dumping Ground: I'm..., a webisode series.[21] McKenna-Bruce was then cast in the upcoming show The Marshlands.[22][better source needed] McKenna-Bruce guest starred in another episode of Holby City as Asia Lucas, as well as guest starring in BBC Three's Josh.[23][24][25] McKenna-Bruce was cast as the lead in a feature film, The Rebels.[26][27]


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2008 Small Dark Places Ester 1 episode [16]
2008 Holby City Abi Taylor Episode: Physician, Heal Thyself [17]
2007 EastEnders Penny Branning 5 episodes [5]
2009 The Bill Keira Curtis Episode: Little Girl Lost: Part 1 [18]
2009 Doctors Pearl Snow 3 episodes [19]
2009 The Fourth Kind Ashley Tyler Film role [6][7][8]
2010–2012 Tracy Beaker Returns Tee Taylor Regular role [3]
2011 Spy Ashley Episode: Codename: Blood [20]
2011 The Tracy Beaker Survival Files Tee Taylor 5 episodes
2013–2018 The Dumping Ground Regular role [4]
2013 The White Rabbit Minor Role, Jody in Wonderland Special
2014 The Dumping Ground Survival Files Tee Taylor Regular Role [28]
2016 The Dumping Ground: I'm... [29]
2017 Holby City Asia Lucas Episode: Growing Pains [23][24]
2017 Josh Babysitter Episode: Bicycles & Babies [25]
2019 Watch What I Do Nikki Short film [30]
TBA The Marshlands Megan Regular role [22]
The Rebels Enica Lead Role [26][27]
Video games
Year Title Role Refs.
2011 Tracy Beaker Returns: You Choose Tee Taylor [citation needed]
2013–2014 The Dumping Ground Game [citation needed]
2015 The Dumping Ground: You're the Boss [31]


  1. ^ a b c French, Matthew (29 December 2006). "Vying for the top". News Shopper. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Could this day get any better🔞🙌🙌🙌 @WickedUK". Twitter. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Going Home, Series 3, Credits". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "The Dumping Ground: S4-E1 Lost and Found". RadioTimes. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Talented Sapphire Dance Academy youngsters excel at UK's biggest show". Kent Online. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Nelson, Rob (4 November 2009). "Review: 'The Fourth Kind'". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Murray, Joel (16 November 2009). "Film review: The Fourth Kind". The Linc. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b c FUCHS, CYNTHIA (6 November 2009). "The Fourth Kind". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Mia McKenna-Bruce Spotlight CV". Spotlight. 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Mia McKenna-Bruce child star has a big connection" (PDF). Hello Chislehurst. 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Mia McKenna-Bruce on Instagram: Happy Father's Day to our amazing daddy". 18 June 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  12. ^ Three Sisters on YouTube
  13. ^ "Mia Mckenna-Bruce". Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Photos: Billy Elliot Gobbles Second Birthday Cake". WhatsonStage. 16 May 2007. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  15. ^ French, Matthew (29 December 2006). "Vying for the top". News Shopper. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Small Dark Places". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Holby City Series 10–15. Physician, Heal Thyself". Radio Times. 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  18. ^ a b "The Bill Series 25 – 2. Little Girl Lost – Part One". Radio Times. 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  19. ^ a b Muppala, Vaman (2 November 2009). "Close encounters of The Fourth Kind". The Diamondback. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Spy Episode 1.5 – Codename: Blood". British Comedy Guide. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  21. ^ "The Dumping Ground I'm...Tee". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Crazy excited to be a part of @TheMarshlandsTV please give it a follow!!!". Twitter. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Holby City – Growing Pains". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Mia McKenna-Bruce on Twitter: @anthonyy7890 im filming an episode for Holby City next week and in the new year working on @TheMarshlandsTV 🤗 Vvvv excited!!". 3 December 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  25. ^ a b "Josh - Series 3, Bicycles & Babies, Credirs". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Tornado Studios on Twitter: Very excited to have Mia McKenna Bruce on board in our upcoming feature film 'The Rebels'. #TheRebels @MiaMBruce". 18 January 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Mia McKenna-Bruce on Instagram: Day 1 of rehearsals taking on the role of ENICA in this amazing feature for the next month IM TOO EXCITED #therebelsfilm". 8 February 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  28. ^ "The Dumping Ground Survival Files, S2-E2 Challenges". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  29. ^ "The Dumping Ground: I'm...- Series 1, Tee Credits". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  30. ^ "Our latest new short 'Watch What I Do' stars up and coming talent Isidora Fairhurst, @MiaMBruce (The Dumping Ground), Rita Bernard (Shiro's Story) and @Dani_MasDyer (winner of ITV's Love Island 2018). With the world premiere just 9 days away, the trailer drops tomorrow on #MYM!!". Twitter. Fully Focused. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  31. ^ Stearman, Nicki (28 January 2015). "You're the Boss: new game for CBBC's The Dumping Ground". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2017.

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