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Tracy Ifeachor is a British television and theatre actress best known for playing the role of Aya Al-Rashid in The CW vampire series The Originals and Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time.

Tracy Ifeachor
Born
Chinwe Tracy Ifeachor

OccupationActress
Years active2007–present

Early life and educationEdit

Ifeachor is a Nigerian of Igbo origin born in Plymouth, Devon, England, where she attended Plymouth College Preparatory school followed by the secondary (high School) Eggbuckland College also in Plymouth. Ifeachor attended The Raleigh School of Speech and Drama under the tutorship of Norma Blake[1] and the Deborah Bond Dance academy, where she enjoyed the ISTD syllabus in tap, ballet, modern and jazz. After completing her A-levels, Ifeachor used her gap year to audition for London drama schools and gained a scholarship to the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London.[2]

CareerEdit

After graduating from the now merged Central School of Speech and Drama Ifeachor shot her first feature film ‘Blooded’ directed by Sundance film festival winner Ed Boase and appeared in two commercials. Ifeachor then went on to make her theatre debut as 'Minerva' in the Royal Shakespeare Companys production of Noughts & Crosses directed and adapted by Dominic Cooke. It was from here she made her television debut as Leila in "No Going Back" episode of BBC1’s Casualty.

Ifeachor went on to play Rosalind in Tim Supple’s As You Like It for the opening of the new Curve Theatre in Leicester. Whilst rehearsing Ifeachor was offered the role of Abigail Naismith in David Tennant’s final two Doctor Who episodes ("The End Of Time" Parts One and Two) which were broadcast Christmas 2009 and New Years Day 2010.[3] She played daughter of the billionaire Joshua Naismith (David Harewood) who wanted his daughter to have immortality and live forever.[2]

Ifeachor played the role of Beneatha in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun directed by Michael Buffong for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester which opened to rave reviews. She also played Ismene at The National Theatre in the premiere of Moira Buffini's play Welcome to Thebes, directed by Richard Eyre from 15 June to September 2010.[4]

Ifeachor's radio work includes the role of Queenie in the 2011 BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial production of Edna Ferber's Show Boat.

In 2016, Ifeachor was cast in the ABC thriller series Quantico in the recurring role of Lydia Hall.[5]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Blooded Eve Feature Film
2016 Billionaire Ransom Nora Paulson Originally titled Take Down
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Casualty Leila 1 episode: "No Going Back"
2009 Doctor Who Abigail Naismith 2 episodes: "The End of Time (Parts 1 & 2)"
2012 Strike Back Lilian Lutulu 2 episodes: "Episodes 7 & 8"
2013 Jo Laure 1 episode: "Invalides"
2014 Crossbones Nenna Ajanlekoko Series regular, 9 episodes
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Eris 1 episode: "Ina Paha"
2015-2016 The Originals Aya Al-Rashid Recurring role, 9 episodes
2016–2017 Quantico Lydia Hall Recurring role
2017–2018 Legends of Tomorrow Kuasa Jiwe Recurring role
2019 Treadstone Tara Coleman Main role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who's that girl?". 23 December 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2019 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "Tracy Ifeachor, actress- Doctor Who - David Tennant - Western Morning News". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  3. ^ "therichardstonepartnership.co.uk". www.therichardstonepartnership.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Official London Theatre". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ Stanhope, Kate (19 July 2016). "'Quantico' Taps 'The Originals,' 'Criminal Minds' Alums for Recurring Roles (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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