Liz White (actress)

Elizabeth White (born 5 November 1979)[1] is an English actress born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. She is best known for her role as Annie Cartwright in the BBC TV series Life on Mars, which was originally transmitted in 2006 and 2007. She trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, appearing in the 2003 TV series Teachers the 2004 Mike Leigh's film Vera Drake and she also played the main part of Emma Keane in the Channel 4 drama series Ackley Bridge.

Liz White
Elizabeth White

(1979-11-05) 5 November 1979
Alma materLiverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Years active2001–present

Television and theatre

White's other prominent TV roles were in Season One of the ITV show The Fixer, playing Jess Mercer, the sister of John Mercer. She also played Shannon in The Empresses' New Clothes, an episode of Fairy Tales, which were the BBC's modern takes on classic children's stories. In April 2011, she appeared in the BBC adaptation The Crimson Petal and the White.

She featured in the music video for Bush's final single "Inflatable", and starred in the Hammer Films 2012 adaptation of The Woman in Black as the eponymous woman.[2] In July 2014, White starred as Melissa in episodes 1 and 2 of the original audio drama 'Osiris' by Everybodyelse Productions, and in 2014 as Lizzie Mottershead in BBC One's Our Zoo, a drama series about the man who created Chester Zoo and the impact it had on his family.

On stage she starred in the lead role of Heavenly Critchfield in Tennessee Williams' Spring Storm at the former Cottesloe Theatre at the National Theatre in London in 2010, transferred from The Royal & Derngate Northampton production where it premiered in 2009. In 2011, she appeared in A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood at the Lyttelton at the National Theatre in 2011, where she appeared in 2013 again in a double role in Simon Stephens' new play Port. In October 2014, she appeared as Chrysothemis in Electra by Sophocles opposite Kristin Scott Thomas at the Old Vic Theatre in London, which also starred Peter Wight who played her father-in-law in the BBC series Our Zoo.

In 2017, it was announced that White would appear in a revival of Jim Cartwright's play Road at the Royal Court Theatre[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Lorraine TV series (2 episodes)
2002 Always and Everyone Mandy TV series (1 episode: "Episode #4.1")
2002 Ultimate Force Beth Dow TV series (3 episodes: 2002–2003)
2003 Teachers Eileen TV series (4 episodes)
2004 Ten Minute Movie 1st Girl in Bar short
2004 Vera Drake Pamela Barnes
2004 Blue Murder Vicki Swift TV series (1 episode: "Lonely")
2004 Nathan Barley Cashier Pilot episode
2004 A Thing Called Love Paula Roberts TV series (6 episodes)
2005 Angell's Hell Sarah TV movie
2006 The Street Eileen Harper TV series (1 episode: "The Accident")
2006 Vincent Laura Morris TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.2")
2006 Life on Mars Annie Cartwright TV series (16 episodes: 2006–2007)
2008 The Fixer Jess Mercer TV series (6 episodes)
2008 Fairy Tales Shannon TV series (1 episode: "The Empress's New Clothes")
2008 Franklyn Laura
2008 New Town Killers Alice Kelly
2008 Agatha Christie's Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye Jennifer Fortescue Television film
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Sophie Television film
2010 Garrow's Law Isabella Jasker TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.2")
2010 Blind Eye Gillian short
2010 Desire Kristen short
2011 The Crimson Petal and the White Caroline TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2011 Wild Bill Roxy
2011 The Send Off short
2012 The Woman in Black Jennet Humfrye/The Woman in Black
2012 Doctor Who Alice "The Snowmen" – Series 7
2013 The Paradise Lucille Ballentine Episode #2.6
2013 Uwantme2killhim? Janet (MI5 agent)
2014 From There to Here Joanne[4]
2014 Line of Duty Jo TV series (Series 2)
2014 Our Zoo Lizzie Mottershead TV series
2014 New Tricks Julia Kane Episode: "Romans Ruined"
2014 Pride Margaret Donovan
2016 Grantchester Vivian Whitaker TV series (Season 2, Episode 3)
2016 Call the Midwife Rhoda Mullucks TV series (Series 5, Episode 1)

(Series 6, Episode 7, 2017)

2017 The Halcyon Peggy Taylor TV series (8 episodes)
2017 Eric, Ernie and Me Dee Braben Television film
2017–2019 Ackley Bridge Emma Keane TV series (19 episodes)
2019 Brexit: The Uncivil War Mary Wakefield Television film
2019 Moving On Ali Reda TV series (Series 10, Episode 5)


  1. "Liz White". Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. "The Woman in Black – Cast – Hammer". Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  3. "Royal Court Theatre announces cast for Jim Cartwright's play Road". British Theatre. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. "Joanne played by Liz White". From There to Here. BBC One. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
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