Kellie Shirley will be a familiar face to any fan of long-running BBC soap EastEnders. Her memorable turn as series regular Carly Wicks in more than 200 episodes between 2006-2012 won her much acclaim and attention (although, strictly speaking, Kellie is a south Londoner, having been born in Croydon).
She started her career via the National Youth Theatre and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. The following decade would see her land roles in, among others, comedy The Office (BBC) and three-part drama Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (BBC), as well as the films Wimbledon (2004), Heidi (2005) and Venus (2006).
Following the birth of her twin children in 2015, Kellie has gone on to land some impressive parts. These include series regular roles in Idris Elba’s comedy In the Long Run (Sky One/Now TV/Starz) and the BAFTA-winning CBBC series Joe All Alone. She also appeared alongside an all-star British cast in the film King of Thieves (2019), season eight of hit show Call the Midwife (BBC) and dramatized documentary series True Horror (Channel 4).