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Overview (4)

Born in Wild Hill, near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameLetitia Jane Dean
Nickname Tish
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Letitia Dean was born on November 14, 1967 in Wild Hill, near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England, UK. She is an actress, known for England, My England (1995), EastEnders (1985) and Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (1993). She was previously married to Jason Pethers.

Family (1)

Spouse Jason Pethers (30 September 2002 - 2008)  (divorced)

Trivia (19)

She and Paul J. Medford, who played Kelvin Carpenter in the soap EastEnders, sang a duet "Something Outta Nothing", which charted at no. 12 in the UK charts in 1986.
She has a brother, Stephen J. Dean, who played the young John opposite Patsy Kensit in the TV mini series Diana (1984).
In a 1986 EastEnders book she named Paul Nicholas as her favourite actor and Meryl Streep as her favourite actress.
Enjoys tap dancing and has a mezzo-soprano voice.
Got engaged to boyfriend Jason Pethers after just 4 months of dating.
To relax, Letitia paints the walls of her house, which she says is quite exhausting but therapeutic.
Participated in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing (2004) in 2007, partnered with professional dancer Darren Bennett. She made it to the quarter-finals before being voted out and in January 2008 she took part in the "Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour", alongside former EastEnders (1985) co-stars Louisa Lytton and Matt Di Angelo.
Attended the Italia Conti Theatre School with her brother at the age of 10, before going on to attend the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Released a fitness DVD entitled Lean Routine (2008) after dropping four clothes sizes due to an intensive dieting and dancing regime (January 2009).
Her former EastEnders (1985) co-star and close friend Susan Tully was a bridesmaid at her wedding to Jason Pethers.
Was in attendance at the funeral of her former EastEnders (1985) co-star Wendy Richard (9 March 2009).
Is one of 23 EastEnders (1985) actors to compete in Strictly Come Dancing (2004). The others, in chronological order, are Christopher Parker (Spencer Moon), Jill Halfpenny (Kate Mitchell), Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson), Louisa Lytton (Ruby Allen), Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks), Phil Daniels (Kevin Wicks), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Mitchell), Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), Zöe Lucker (Vanessa Gold), Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Jimi Mistry (Fred Fonseca), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Anita Dobson (Angie Watts), Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher), Jake Wood (Max Branning), Kellie Bright (Linda Carter), Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard), Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi), Lee Ryan (Woody Woodward) and Charles Venn (Ray Dixon).
Best friends with former EastEnders (1985) co-star Hannah Waterman.
Her favourite singer is Barbra Streisand.
As of 2022 she is the 2nd longest serving actress in the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with Pam St. Clement and behind only June Brown), having played the character Sharon Watts for a total of 25 years (initially from 1985 until 1995, then from 2001 until 2006 and again from 2012 onwards).
Ranked #3 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Sharon Rickman (2010).
Ranked #3 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Sharon Mitchell (2015).
Her EastEnders (1985) character Sharon Mitchell became the 37th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Sharon had a son Albie (played by Rorie and Remi Wakelands), born on February 21, 2020.
Is one of thirteen EastEnders (1985) actresses who despite giving birth on the show have never become mothers in real life. The others are Wendy Richard, Susan Tully, Jan Graveson, Shana Swash, Emma Barton, Danielle Harold, Mimi Keene, Rakhee Thakrar, Holly Donovan, Lorna Fitzgerald, Tilly Keeper and Clair Norris.

Personal Quotes (2)

I'm not a size 8, I'd love to be but never will be. I just try to be healthy and focus on that instead. You don't have to be skinny to be attractive.
I always knew I'd come into my own in my 30s. I found my 20s a bit perplexing because it's that transition between being a teenager and an adult and you're still trying to find yourself. This decade is a good age for a woman.

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