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Overview (2)

Born in Newcastle, England, UK
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jill Halfpenny was born on 15th July, 1975, in Newcastle, to Maureen and Colin Halfpenny. However, her father passed away when she was very young, and her mother married Jill's uncle, Derek.

She attended St Edmund Campion RC Comprehensive School, and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Although her native accent is Geordie, she can also do many more, from New York to Northern Irish.

Her hobbies include roller-skating, ice-skating, fencing, dancing and she enjoys traveling. She is also friends with her old co-star, Kacey Ainsworth.

Her first major acting role was at the age of 14, where she starred in Byker Grove as Nicola. She is probably best known for her TV role as Rebecca Hopkins in Coronation Street, Kate Mitchell in Eastenders, and, more recently, Izzie Redpath in Waterloo Road. She has also had many minor roles in other well-known TV shows, such as The Catherine Tate Show, The Bill, and Shameless.

In 2004, she participated in the BBC1 show 'Strictly Come Dancing' with professional dancer Darren Bennett. They won the competition, and took part in the one off Christmas Special, winning the title 'Champion Of Champions'. They also made an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. In December, it was then announced she would play the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago from January 2005.

Other theatre work includes The Bodies, in 2005, where she acted alongside her husband, and pantomimes at the Theatre Royal in 2005 and 2006. She also starred as Julia in a performance of George Orwell's 1984 in 2002, which is where her and Craig first met. She also starred as Norma Farnes in Surviving Spike, alongside Michael Barrymore, in early 2008, when she was 5-6 months pregnant.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A.

Spouse (1)

Craig Conway (3 February 2007 - 2010) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (16)

Although her native accent is Geordie, she can also do Northern Irish and New York accents.
The youngest daughter of Colin and Maureen (née Mitchelson) Halfpenny, her father died in 1979 and her mother subsequently married his brother Derek in 1981.
Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Her hobbies include roller-skating, ice-skating, fencing, dancing and enjoys traveling.
Friends with Kacey Ainsworth.
Met her future husband, Craig Conway, at The Live Theatre, Newcastle, while appearing in the stage production of "The Bodies".
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a son Harvey-Reece Conway on 3 May 2008. Child's father is her husband, Craig Conway.
Is one of 21 EastEnders (1985) actors to compete in Strictly Come Dancing (2004). The others, in chronological order, are 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), Zöe Lucker (Vanessa Gold), Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Jimi Mistry (Fred Fonesca), 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) and Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi). As of 2016 she and Kara Tointon are the only 2 to have won the contest.
Ranked #99 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kate Mitchell (2010).
Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her son Harvey-Reece in order to begin competing in "The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour".
Has 2 older sisters; Nicola Halfpenny (b. 1968) and Paula (née Halfpenny) Dunn (b. 1972).
Won the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for "Legally Blonde".
Announced that she had separated from husband Craig Conway after 3 years of marriage (6 December 2010).
Currently appearing as Paulette in the original West End production of Legally Blonde the Musical. [December 2009]
Played her first grandmother role at age 42 on Three Girls (2017).

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