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Natalie Cassidy Biography
- Natalie Ann Cassidy (born 13 May 1983) is an English actress, best known for her role on EastEnders where she played Sonia Fowler for twelve years. She also appeared in the BBC Two sitcom Psychoville was a contestant on the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing and the ninth series of Celebrity Big Brother. On 9 April 2012 it was announced by Cassidy that she would become a regular on Loose Women as of 13 April 2012. As a child, Cassidy attended the Anna Scher Theatre. She joined the cast of EastEnders in 1993, playing Sonia Jackson. In 2006, she played a rival to Lauren Cooper in an episode of The Catherine Tate Show screened on BBC Two. On 9 April 2006, the BBC announced Cassidy's departure from EastEnders with her final scenes being screened in February 2007. She then concentrated on work in the theatre, appearing in extensive UK tours of The Vagina Monologues, Bedroom Farce and Gertrude's Secret opposite Prunella Scales and a run of The Cherry Orchard at the Chichester Festival Theatre opposite Diana Rigg.
Natalie Cassidy Filmography
- (2013) What's Cooking? From the Sainsbury's Kitchen as Herself - Guest
- (2012) Crime Stories as Hannah Stevenson
- (2012) Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2012 as Herself
- (2011) Big Brother's Bit on the Side as Herself
- (2011) Fern as Herself
- (2010) Daybreak as Herself - Competition Presenter
- (2010) John Bishop's Britain as Herself - Actress, Islington
- (2010) The 5 O'Clock Show as Herself
- (2010) The 5 O'Clock Show as Herself - Host
- (2009) Let's Dance for Comic Relief as Herself
- (2009) Peter Andre: The Next Chapter as Herself
- (2009) Psychoville as Lorraine
- (2009) Things Talk as Sofa/Satsuma (voice)
- (2009) Wendy Richard: To Tell You the Truth as Herself
- (2007) Happy Hour as Herself
- (2007) Then and Now Workout as Herself
- (2007) Would I Lie to You? as Herself
- (2006) School's Out as Herself
- (2006) Sex, Lies & Soaps as Sonia Fowler (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (2005) 8 Out of 10 Cats as Herself
- (2005) Making Your Mind Up as Herself - Judge
- (2005) Test the Nation: The 2005 Test as Herself
- (2005) The Bigger Picture as Herself
- (2004) EastEnders: Christmas Party as Herself
- (2004) How Soaps Changed the World as Herself
- (2004) London as London Poor
- (2004) Natalie Cassidy Goes Wild in Australia as Herself
- (2004) Strictly Come Dancing as Herself
- (2004) Strictly Come Dancing as Herself - Contestant
- (2004) Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two as Herself
- (2004) The Catherine Tate Show as Cheerleader
- (2004) The Good Soap Guide as Herself
- (2004) The Paul O'Grady Show as Herself
- (2003) Celebrity Driving School as Herself
- (2003) Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do as Herself (archive footage)
- (2003) EastEnders: Christmas Party as Herself
- (2002) V Graham Norton as Herself
- (2001) Celebrity Big Brother as Herself
- (2001) Richard & Judy as Herself
- (2000) A Question of Pop as Herself
- (2000) Breakfast as Herself - Contestant
- (2000) The Wright Stuff as Herself - Guest Panelist
- (2000) The Wright Stuff as Herself - Panelist
- (1999) Loose Women as Herself
- (1999) Loose Women as Herself - Presenter
- (1998) EastEnders Revealed as Herself
- (1998) Robot Wars as Herself
- (1998) So Graham Norton as Herself
- (1996) Never Mind the Buzzcocks as Herself
- (1993) GMTV as Herself
- (1993) GMTV as Herself (voice)
- (1988) This Morning as Herself
- (1985) EastEnders as Sonia
- (1985) EastEnders as Sonia (uncredited)
- (1985) EastEnders as Sonia Fowler
- (1972) Mastermind as Herself
- (1969) Holiday as Herself
- (1969) This Is Your Life as Herself
Natalie Cassidy Trivia and Facts
- Her first appearance on "EastEnders" (1985) was on the 21 December 1993.
- She has a soprano singing voice.
- Presented the St. John Ambulance Young First Aider of the year awards in 2001.
- Won the Best Actress prize at The British Soap Awards 2001 (2001) .
- She trained at The Anna Scher Theatre School.
- Had a breast enlargement from 36A to 36D (2004)
- Released a fitness DVD entitled Then and Now Workout (2007) at the end of 2007, which became the fastest selling weight-loss DVD ever in Britain.
- Engaged to actor Ben Porter (October 2008-March 2009).
- Was in attendance at the funeral of her former "EastEnders" (1985) co-star Wendy Richard (9 March 2009).
- Her mother died of bowel cancer in 2002.
- Moved into the home of John Burns, the widower of Wendy Richard (April 2009).
- Keeps in touch with former "EastEnders" (1985) on-screen husband James Alexandrou.
- Performed in the stage production of "Gertrudes Secret" at The Oxford Playhouse (August 2008).
- Performed in the stage production of "The Cherry Orchard" at The Chichester Festival Theatre (May-June 2008).
- Participated in a UK tour of "Bedroom Farce" (May-August 2007).
- Participated in a UK tour of "The Vagina Monologues" (January-February 2007).
- Was in a relationship with Adam Cotrell, a transport manager from Bristol (June 2009-May 2011).
- Was left jewellery and cookbooks by Wendy Richard in her will.
- A close family friend is Paul OGrady , whom she refers to as her "uncle".
- Her "EastEnders" (1985) character Sonia Jackson became the 10th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Sonia had a daughter Chloe, renamed Rebecca (played by Jade Sharif ), born on 26 October 2000.
- Participated in the 7th series of "Strictly Come Dancing" (2004) in 2009, partnered with professional dancer Vincent Simone , finishing 5th out of 16 celebrities.
- Is one of 17 "EastEnders" (1985) actors to compete in "Strictly Come Dancing" (2004). The others, in chronological order, are Jill Halfpenny (Kate Mitchell), Christopher Parker (Spencer Moon), Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson), Louisa Lytton (Ruby Allen), Letitia Dean (Sharon Rickman), Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks), Phil Daniels (Kevin Wicks), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Mitchell), Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), Zoe Lucker (Vanessa Gold), Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs), Jimi Mistry (Fred Fonesca), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Anita Dobson (Angie Watts) and Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher).
- Became good friends with Zoe Lucker after they competed together on "Strictly Come Dancing" (2004).
- Became engaged to Adam Cottrell after he proposed to her whilst on holiday in Italy (May 2010).
- Gave birth to her daughter Eliza Beatrice Cotrell, with fiancé Adam Cotrell, in a London hospital via emergency Caesarean section, weighing in at 8lbs 15oz (28 September 2010).
- The godparents of her daughter Eliza are John Burns and Patsy Palmer .
- Was 6 months pregnant with her daughter Eliza when she took maternity leave from presenting "The 5 OClock Show" (2010).
- Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Eliza in order to begin filming a guest appearance on "EastEnders" (1985).
- As of 2013 she is the 6th longest-serving actress in the history of "EastEnders" (1985) (behind only Pam St. Clement , June Brown , Wendy Richard , a tied Barbara Windsor and Letitia Dean and Gillian Taylforth ), having played the character Sonia Fowler for 14 years (from 1993 until 2007 and then briefly in 2010 and 2011).
- Is one of 6 "EastEnders" (1985) actresses to have won the Best Actress Award at the British Soap Awards; the others are Barbara Windsor , Patsy Palmer , Kacey Ainsworth , Lacey Turner and Jessie Wallace .
- Ranked #17 in the 100 Greatest "EastEnders" (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Sonia Fowler (2010).
Natalie Cassidy Other Works
- Appeared as an urchin in an RSC revival of "The Beggar's Opera" - Barbican Theatre, London (1993).
- Appeared in "The Vagina Monologues" by 'Eve Ensler' - UK tour (2007).
- Played in "Bedroom Farce" by 'Alan Ayckbourn' - UK tour (2007).
- Played Eva in "Gertrude's Secret" by 'Ben West (II)' - UK tour (2008).
- Played "Dunyasha" in 'Anton Chekhov' 's "The Cherry Orchard" - Chichester Festival Theatre, London (2008).