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Sophie Stanton (born 1971 in London, England) is an English actress, director and playwright. She is best known for her role as DCI Jill Marsden in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in which she has appeared on and off since 2001.

Sophie Stanton
Born1971 (age 47–48)
Years active1993–present
Notable work
See below
TelevisionPrime Suspect (1995)
EastEnders (2001–03, 2009–10, 2012, 2015)



Born in London and raised in Suffolk from the age of three, first in Onehouse and then in Stowmarket from age nine[1][2] Marsden first appeared on 5 March 2001, appearing for the storyline labelled 'Who Shot Phil?'.[3] She left on 27 March 2001[4] In 2002, she appeared in January,[5] April[6] and then from 14 November to 6 December.[7][8] Again, in 2003 Marsden made numerous returns, in March,[9] July,[10] August,[11] November[12] and for a longer stint in December.[13]

In November 2009, it was reported that Stanton would be reprising her role as Jill.[14] Marsden returned to investigate the murder of Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb). Speaking of her return, she said: 'It came completely out of the blue, and knocked me for six.'[15] Continuing, she said, 'I really thought Marsden was no more. It was a really great surprise because I’d just finished a year’s run at the National Theatre, appearing in a new play called England People Very Nice – so it couldn’t have come at a better time.'[15] She made her return on 28 December 2009.[16] Marsden left on 22 February 2010.[17] Marsden returned on 5 January 2012[18] and appeared until May 2012, with two further appearances in August 2012. It was reported again in July 2015 that Stanton would be reprising her role as Marsden for the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline.

Other workEdit

Other television includes Rose in Dressing For Breakfast, Dilly in The Wilsons, Prime Suspect, Dangerous Lady, Wall of Silence, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Plastic Man, The Vice, Black Books, The Sculptress, Coupling, Midsomer Murders, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Fingersmith, Jekyll, Ashes to Ashes, Lewis, Silent Witness, Wallander, Outnumbered, My Mad Fat Diary Series 2 & 3, "A Touch of Frost", and The Smoke. She made a cameo appearance as regular character Bryony's nan in ITV2 sitcom The Job Lot. Lyndsey in "Brexit: The Uncivil War" (Channel 4).

Stanton's extensive theatre work includes Slaughter City (RSC), Love's Labour's Lost and Hindle Wakes (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Collier's Friday Night (Hampstead Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Bush/Donmar Warehouse), Top Girls (BAC), She Stoops To Conquer (Margate), Sleeping Around (Donmar Warehouse), Mercury Fur (Menier Chocolate Factory), Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse), Market Boy and England People Very Nice (National Theatre), The Knot of the Heart, Dying For It and Cloud Nine (Almeida), Ding Dong The Wicked (Royal Court), Nut (The Shed/National Theatre), Falstaff in "Henry V" (St Ann's Warehouse, New York), Caliban in "The Tempest" (Donmar Warehouse/St Ann's Warehouse, New York), Joyce Hopkirk in "Ink" (Almeida/Duke of York's), Jaques in "As You Like It" & Gremia in "The Taming of the Shrew" (RSC).

Mrs Rich in “The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich” (RSC) "Sophie Stanton is a joy as Mrs Rich" (Michael Billington The Guardian), "Stanton-a forthright comic joy throughout" (Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph).

Her film credits include Girls Night, Closer, Beautiful Thing, Grow Your Own, Shadowlands, Milman in Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012) and How I Live Now (2013).

Her home county is Suffolk. In 1991 she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she won the Gold Medal.

Stanton both wrote and performed in the theatre play Cariad (Tristan Bates Theatre and Theatre Clwyd), and later directed Winged (Tristan Bates Theatre). Stanton also contributed the voice-over for Robbed, Raided, Reunited (BBC).

Sophie Stanton created the role of Leah in “Beautiful Thing” and Beryl in Made in Dagenham: The Musical.


  1. ^ "Eastenders actress Sophie Stanton on her Suffolk childhood". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "A formidable talent and a name to watch". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "D.C.I. Jill Marsden played by Sophie Stanton". EastEnders. BBC Online. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ Director: Chris Jury; Executive Producer: John Yorke; Writer:Julian Perkins (27 March 2001). "Episode dated 27/03/2001". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  5. ^ Director: Colin Wratten; Executive Producer: John Yorke; Writer:Andrew Taft (8 January 2002). "Episode dated 08/01/2002". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  6. ^ Director:Dearbhla Walsh; Executive Producer: John Yorke; Writer:Ming Ho (15 April 2002). "Episode dated 15/04/2002". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  7. ^ Director:John Greening; Executive Producer: John Yorke; Writer:Jeff Povey (14 November 2002). "Episode dated 14/11/2002". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  8. ^ Director:Anne Ross Muir; Executive Producer: John Yorke; Writer:James Payne (6 December 2002). "Episode dated 06/12/2002". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  9. ^ Director:Tim Mercier; Executive Producer:Louise Berridge; Writer:Rob Gittins (21 March 2003). "Episode dated 21/03/2003". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  10. ^ Director:Brett Fallis; Executive Producer:Louise Berridge; Writer:Christopher Smith (21 July 2003). "Episode dated 21/07/2003". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  11. ^ Director:Jo Johnson; Executive Producer:Louise Berridge; Writer:Julia Honour (1 August 2003). "Episode dated 01/08/2003". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  12. ^ Director:Peter Rose; Executive Producer:Louise Berridge; Writer:Simon Ashdown (27 November 2003). "Episode dated 27/11/2003". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  13. ^ Director:Nicholas Prosser; Executive Producer:Louise Berridge; Writer:Si Spencer (4 December 2003). "Episode dated 04/12/2003". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  14. ^ Green, Kris (10 November 2009). "DCI Jill Marsden returns to 'EastEnders'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  15. ^ a b Parker, Pat. "EastEnders actress Sophie Stanton on her Suffolk childhood". East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk. Ipswich: East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  16. ^ Director:John Greening; Executive Producer:Diederick Santer; Writer:Daisy Coulam (28 December 2009). "Episode dated 28/12/2009". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  17. ^ Director: Rebecca Gatward; Executive Producer:Diederick Santer; Writer:Gillian Richmond (22 February 2010). "Episode dated 22/02/2010". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  18. ^ Director: Piotr Szkopiak; Executive Producer: Bryan Kirkwood; Writer:Jeff Povey (5 January 2012). "Episode dated 05/01/2012". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.

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