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Ellen Thomas


Well-known for her role as secretary Liz Webb over the U.K. Route 4 series Instructors, this British celebrity is also significant on her behalf portrayal of Sophistication Olubunmi over the soap opera EastEnders. Her function as Adoha Onyeka over the BBC Two series Rev. gained her a Dark International Film Celebration prize nomination. She released her tv career in the first 1980s, showing up in episodes from the Gentle Contact, Don’t Wait around Up, and Shroud for the Nightingale. A radio performer and a tv actress, she added to both Arriving old (over the BBC Three) and Claire locally (on BBC Radio Four). She grew up in London, Britain. In 2006, she made an appearance within an Anthony Minghella-directed film entitled Breaking and Getting into.

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Full Name Ellen Thomas
Date Of Birth February 3, 1964
Place Of Birth England
Profession TV Actress
Nationality British
Nominations The British Soap Award for Villain of the Year
Movies Golden Years, It's a Lot, The Love Punch, Johnny English Reborn, Clubbed, Breaking and Entering, Basic Instinct 2, Buried Treasure, South West 9, Wonderland, Never Never, Home Away from Home
TV Shows Rev., Coming of Age, Teachers, Holding On, Cardiac Arrest, EastEnders
Star Sign Aquarius

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1Has two sisters, Emma and Cecilia.
2Collects wigs; she owns around 30 wigs which she uses for herself and the characters that she plays. This began when her own hair started breaking due to the constant tonging her hair underwent in preparation for her guest appearance on The Gentle Touch (1980).
3Was declared bankrupt in October 2014 over an unpaid tax bill.
4Is just 8 years older than Richard Blackwood, who plays her son on EastEnders (1985).
5Was born and raised in Sierra Leone but relocated to Streatham, London as a teenager when she decided to become an actress.



EastEnders2010-2016TV SeriesClaudette Hubbard Grace Olubunmi
Mount Pleasant2015-2016TV SeriesNana
The Coopers vs the Rest2016TV SeriesFirst Gran
New Blood2016TV SeriesJoan Philips
Golden Years2016/IThelma
Children in Need2015TV SeriesClaudette Hubbard
EastEnders Does Top Hat: Children in Need 20152015TV MovieClaudette Hubbard
Humans2015TV SeriesLindsay Kiwanuka
Critical2015TV SeriesSister Constance Campbell
5 Minutes2015/IShortMum
Rev.2010-2014TV SeriesAdoha Onyeka
Law & Order: UK2014TV SeriesRebecca Houghton
It's a Lot2013Grandma
Man Down2013TV SeriesNurse
The Love Punch2013Doreen
White Christmas2013ShortGrace
Casualty2005-2012TV SeriesFlorence Asike / Stephanie Mellor
Doctors2002-2012TV SeriesMrs. Francelle Ndebele / Marie Crossley / Mrs. Foster
Johnny English Reborn2011Tucker's Mum
EastEnders: E202011TV SeriesGrace Olubunmi
Coming of Age2008-2011TV SeriesPrincipal
Come Fly with Me2011TV SeriesAfrican Lady
The Santa Trap2010ShortTooth Fairy
Coming Up2010TV SeriesAuntie Deborah
Off the Hook2009TV SeriesAngela
Doctor Who2006-2009TV SeriesCarmen / Clockwork Woman
Moses Jones2009TV Mini-SeriesLibby Jones
Clubbed2008Mrs. Smith
New Tricks2008TV SeriesCora Trimble
A Bucket o' French & Saunders2007TV Series
Outnumbered2007TV SeriesJehovah's Witness
The Marchioness Disaster2007TV MovieLinda Hunt
One of Us?2007ShortMum
Trial & Retribution2006-2007TV SeriesJudge Joyce Addo
Breaking and Entering2006Judge
Losing It2006TV MoviePaula
Little Miss Jocelyn2006TV Series
Basic Instinct 22006Prosecutor
William and Mary2005TV SeriesMrs. Morris
Teachers2001-2004TV SeriesLiz Webb
Strange2003TV SeriesMrs. Andoh
Lenny Henry in Pieces2003TV Series
Jeffrey Archer: The Truth2002TV MovieFirst Judge
The Bill1994-2002TV SeriesAisha Danvers / Mrs. Okin / Marcia Garcia / ...
Holby City2002TV SeriesMarcia Lyme
The Jury2002TV Mini-SeriesRuby Thomas
Buried Treasure2001TV MovieMartha
South West 92001Mrs. Ashware
Where There's Smoke2000TV MovieCounsellor Edwards
Never Never2000TV MovieBrenda
In Defence2000TV SeriesMrs. Hope
The Secret Laughter of Women1999Bitter Leaf
Ultraviolet1998TV Mini-SeriesMaria
Holding On1997TV Mini-SeriesFlorrie
Kavanagh QC1997TV SeriesChief Usher
London Bridge1996TV SeriesDiane Symmons
Distinction1996ShortThe Boss
Cardiac Arrest1994-1996TV SeriesSister Jackie Landers SR Jackie Landers
Ruth Rendell Mysteries1996TV SeriesLaurette Akande
Home Away from Home1994ShortMiriam
Screenplay1993TV SeriesAunt Mafe
Grange Hill1991TV SeriesPregnancy Advisor
Screen Two1991TV SeriesMiss. Bertha
Blood Rights1990TV SeriesShirley
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV SeriesMrs. Holmes
French and Saunders1988TV SeriesVarious characters
The Lenny Henry Show1987-1988TV SeriesRose
The Gentle Touch1984TV SeriesLaura
Shroud for a Nightingale1984TV Mini-SeriesStaff Nurse
Don't Wait Up1983TV SeriesAlison
OTT1982TV Series
Sunday Night Thriller1981TV SeriesAssistant



The British Soap Awards 20162016TV SpecialHerself
The Play's the Thing2006TV Series documentary
Good Food Live2003TV SeriesHerself

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Doctor Who Confidential2009TV Series documentaryCarmen

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsVillain of the YearEastEnders (1985)

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