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Morven Christie (born 1 September 1981) is a Scottish actress. She played Amanda Hopkins in the ITV drama Grantchester and Alison Hughes in the BBC drama The A Word.

Morven Christie
Born (1981-09-01) 1 September 1981 (age 37)
Years active2004–present


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Helensburgh, Christie grew up in Glasgow and Aviemore.[1] She studied acting at the Drama Centre London, under Reuven Adiv, an associate of Lee Strasberg.[2]


Christie has worked on stage, film and television drama.

In 2006, she played Juliet and Hero for the Royal Shakespeare Company in their Complete Works season.[3][4]

In 2008 Christie was cast in Sam Mendes's first Bridge Project theatre company, playing Anya in Tom Stoppard's new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, and Perdita in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale which finished at The Old Vic in London, after a sellout run at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and a world tour.[5]

Among her many television roles, she played Ellen Rooney in the 2017 BBC drama The Replacement,[6] for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award.[citation needed]

She also played Amanda Hopkins in the ITV drama Grantchester for its first three seasons, Alison Hughes in the critically acclaimed BBC drama The A Word, for which she was again nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award, playing the mother of an autistic child. In 2018 she also played Kirsten Lindstrom in Sarah Phelps' production of Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence alongside a cast that included Bill Nighy.[citation needed]

Christie has most recently starred as DS Lisa Armstrong, the lead role in the ITV crime drama series The Bay, filmed through the latter months of 2018, and aired on ITV from 20 March 2019.[7]






  • When You Cure Me (2006, radio play) as Rachel
  • An Inspector Calls as Sheila Birling
  • Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You as Molly Naylor
  • A Farewell to Arms (2011, BBC Radio 4) as Catherine Barkley[10]
  • Austerlitz (December 2012, BBC Radio 3) as Agata



  1. ^ Jamieson, Teddy (7 June 2015). "Morven Christie: "I think it's kind of heartbreaking that women have never seen a reflection of themselves in film or on television."". heraldscotland. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ David, Peta Romeo and Juliet, The Stage (19 April 2006)
  4. ^ Paul Taylor (2006-04-20). Romeo And Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon – Reviews, Theatre. The Independent
  5. ^ Brian Scott Lipton (2008-12-22). Full Cast Set for BAM's Bridge Project Stagings of Cherry Orchard and Winter's Tale.
  6. ^ Doran, Sarah (15 March 2017). "The Replacement: who's who in BBC maternity drama - Morven Christie, Vicky McClure, Dougray Scott, Richard and Rankin". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  7. ^ Sutton, Megan (28 March 2019). "The Bay on ITV: Everything you need to know". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ The Doctor Who Team (14 January 2015). "Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9". Doctor Who. BBC One. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  9. ^ Billen, Andrew (31 March 2018). "Ordeal by Innocence: the Christie Mystery that almost got away". The Times (72497). Saturday Review. pp. 4–5. ISSN 0140-0460.
  10. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Drama. (2011-08-05). Retrieved on 2012-07-03.

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