Elizabeth Berrington

Elizabeth Ann Berrington (born 3 August 1970 in Wallasey on the Wirral in Cheshire) is an English actress and graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, she is best known for her roles as Ruby Fry in Waterloo Road, Paula Kosh in Stella, Mel Debrou in Moving Wallpaper and Dawn Stevenson in The Syndicate. She has also featured in British television series such as The Bill, Doc Martin, Doctor Who, The Office,[1] Casualty, The Lakes, The Grimleys and Rose and Maloney.

Elizabeth Berrington
Elizabeth Ann Berrington

(1970-08-03) 3 August 1970
Years active1993–present


From 1996 to 1999, Berrington starred alongside Emma Wray and Tony Robinson in the ITV comedy-drama My Wonderful Life. In 1999, she played Marie Antoinette in Let Them Eat Cake, starring Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

In cinema, Berrington has featured in many popular films such as The Little Vampire and, more recently, Nanny McPhee with Emma Thompson and In Bruges alongside Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. In 2008 and 2009, a she played Mel in Moving Wallpaper. She was in the 2008 Poirot episode "Cat Among the Pigeons". Berrington also featured in the 1993 Mike Leigh film Naked, and had a role in Leigh's 1996 drama film Secrets & Lies, starring Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Timothy Spall.

In 2009, Berrington and actress Shirley Henderson were the stars of the popular ITV drama May Contain Nuts in which she played Ffion, a snobbish suburban mother. Berrington also played Nicola, a nurse in the BBC Two comedy, Psychoville. She appeared as Food Technology teacher Ruby Fry in the BBC TV series Waterloo Road from 2009 to 2011, departing after two series. She played "Auntie" in "The Doctor's Wife", an episode in series 6 of Doctor Who. In 1997, she appeared in a TV Licence advert. In 2012, she was in an episode of New Tricks, playing a murderer called Grace. From 2012–13 she portrayed Paula Kosh in the Sky 1 comedy series Stella, in 2015 she returned for two episodes.

In 2011, Berrington starred in the BBC Christmas show, Lapland as Paula, a role which she reprised in the six-part spin-off series Being Eileen, which aired from February 2013.[2][3]

Berrington appeared onstage in the 2013 play The Low Road. Later, she appeared on Series 2, Episode 4 of Cuckoo as Sandra in August 2014.

In 2016, Berrington appeared in "Hated in the Nation", the sixth episode of the third season of the Netflix original, Black Mirror.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1996Secrets & Lies Jane
1998Urban Ghost StoryMrs. AshPlays a psychic medium who communicates with ghosts
1999Let Them Eat CakeMarie-Antoinette
2000The Little VampireElizabeth McAshton
2003The OfficeAnneChristmas Special Part 1 and 2
2005Nanny McPheeLetitia
2008In BrugesNatalie Waters
2009–2011Waterloo RoadRuby Fry
2009May Contain NutsFfionTV movie
2011Doctor WhoAuntie1 Episode; "The Doctor's Wife"
2011LaplandPaulaTV movie, continued as Being Eileen
2012New TricksGrace CusackSeries 9 Episode 8 "Blue Flower"
2012–13, 2015, 2016, 2017StellaPaula KoshSeries 1–2, 4, 5 and 6
2013Being EileenPaula
2013Midsomer MurdersLibs PearceEpisode: "The Christmas Haunting"
2015The SyndicateDawn StevensonSeries 3
2016The Living and the DeadMaud Hare
2016Black MirrorJo PowersEpisode: "Hated in the Nation"
2017Father BrownMargaret CartwrightEpisode 5.9 "The Lepidopterist's Companion"
2018Death In ParadiseDiane SmithSeries 7 Episode 1 "Murder from Above"
2018Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private InvestigatorsBrenda QuintusSeries 1 Episode 3 “This Promised End”
2019VeraPaulaSeries 9 Episode 3 "Cold River"
2021The NeversLucy BestRecurring cast


  1. "Family Business - Elizabeth Berrington plays Jessica Brooker". BBC. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. "BBC One commissions new six-part comedy series, Lapland". BBC. BBC Online. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. "Being Eileen". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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