Lisa McGrillis

Lisa McGrillis (born 3 September 1982, Cheltenham) is a British actress.[1]

Early life

McGrillis grew up in Scotby, near Carlisle in Cumbria with her mother who was a special needs teacher and her accountant father. She studied performing arts at Northumbria University.[2]


McGrillis had a role in The Pitmen Painters, by Lee Hall in 2007. It transferred to London’s National Theatre and then to Broadway theatre.[3]

McGrillis was in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2011 as Margaret the maid.[4] When Eve Best, the star of the show fell ill director Jeremy Herrin asked her to step up to play Beatrice. McGrillis appeared in The Pass with Russell Tovey at the Royal Court Theatre in 2014.[5][6]

After appearing in Hebburn (TV series)[7] McGrillis was the regular character DS Rachel Coles in Inspector George Gently with Martin Shaw.[8][9]

McGrillis stars opposite Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville in the BBC television sitcom Mum as Kelly, the well meaning but dim girlfriend of Manville’s son Jason.[10][11]

McGrillis played a grass roots Manchester politician in the third series of Channel 4 Paul Abbott police drama No Offence.[12]

Personal life

Her husband Stuart Martin is also an actor and they met at a Christmas party in the National Theatre bar; they have one son.[13] McGrillis is an ambassador for children’s charity PIPA.[14]


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