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Date Of BirthJune 25, 1970
SpouseRichard Taggart
FactMet future husband Richard Taggart on a flight to Dubai in July 2005; they became engaged 3 months later.

Lucy Benjamin is an English actress, best known for her role as Lisa Fowler on the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Born in Reading, Berkshire, Benjamin began her career in 1992 when she was cast as Lisa Fowler on EastEnders. She played the role for six years, before leaving the show in 1998.

Benjamin has since appeared in a number of television programmes and films, including The Bill, Holby City and Love Actually. In 2015, she made her stage debut in the play The End of Longing.

Benjamin has been married twice; first to actor Paul Grunert, with whom she has two children, and then to actor Michael French. She has a net worth of £3 million.

General Info

Full NameLucy Benjamin
Date Of BirthJune 25, 1970
Height1.52 m
EducationRedroofs Theatre School


SpouseRichard Taggart
ChildrenBessie Jo Taggart, Rosie Taggart
SiblingsBenjamin Baker


NominationsNational Television Award for Most Popular Actress
TV ShowsJupiter Moon, Press Gang, EastEnders, Close to Home

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1I used to be obsessive about the gym, but these days I don't do any exercise at all. A good old bonk is all you need to burn off your calories.


1Ranked #38 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Lisa Fowler (2015).
2Is a fan of Coronation Street (1960).
3Delivered her daughter Bessie via Caesarean section.
4Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her daughter Rosie in order to begin rehearsing for the stage adaptation of "Peter Pan".
5Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her daughter Bessie in order to film an episode of Kingdom (2007).
6Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 40, a daughter Rosie Taggart on 13 April 2011. Child's father is her husband, Richard Taggart.
7Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Bessie Jo Taggart on 21 November 2006. Child's father is her husband, Richard Taggart.
8Met future husband Richard Taggart on a flight to Dubai in July 2005; they became engaged 3 months later.
9Is one of 9 EastEnders (1985) actors to have competed in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002). The others, in chronological order, are Danniella Westbrook (Sam Mitchell), Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher), Elaine Lordan (Lynne Hobbs), Dean Gaffney (Robbie Jackson), Marc Bannerman (Gianni di Marco), Joe Swash (Mickey Miller), Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher) and Laila Morse (Mo Harris).
10Participated in the 9th series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002) in 2009, finishing 11th out of 13 celebrities.
11Her EastEnders (1985) character Lisa Shaw became the 11th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Lisa had a daughter Louise (played initially by Brittany Papple and later Tilly Keeper), born on 5 November 2001.
12Ranked #34 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Lisa Fowler (2010).
13Was in a relationship with former EastEnders (1985) co-star Steve McFadden (1999-2003).



Doctors2006-2015TV SeriesGina Stewart / Tracey Morrel
The Haunting of Ellie Rose2015Ellie Rose
Casualty2004-2015TV SeriesGina Taylor / Denise Ellisson
New Tricks2015TV SeriesLesley Carmichael
Detectorists2014TV SeriesMaggie
Holby City2012TV SeriesLois Earnshaw
EastEnders1998-2010TV SeriesLisa Lisa Fowler
Missing2009TV SeriesSandra Taylor
Kingdom2008TV SeriesPatricia Wright
The Battersea Ripper2006
The Afternoon Play2003TV SeriesAmanda
Dangerfield1997TV SeriesAudrey Bremner
The Bill1996TV SeriesIngrid
Jupiter Moon1990-1996TV SeriesFiona McBride
Bottom1995TV SeriesNurse
Class Act1994TV SeriesBerryl Chapman
Murder Most Horrid1994TV SeriesKatherine
Press Gang1989-1993TV SeriesJulie Craig
Close to Home1989-1990TV SeriesKate Shepherd / Kate
Star Trap1988TV MovieNancy
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole1987TV SeriesSharon Botts
Me and My Girl1985TV SeriesGemma Tindle
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle1985TV SeriesKate
Spooky1983TV SeriesAmy / Amelia
Doctor Who1983TV SeriesChild Nyssa
Beau Geste1982TV Mini-SeriesYoung Claudia


This Morning2012TV SeriesHerself
The Wright Stuff2011TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHerself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!2009TV SeriesHerself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!2009TV SeriesHerself
Who Wants to Live Forever?2009Video documentary shortHerself / Young Nyssa
Hell's Kitchen2009TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2005-2009TV SeriesHerself
All Star Family Fortunes2008TV SeriesHerself
EastEnders Christmas Fall Outs2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Xtra Factor2006TV SeriesHerself
Richard & Judy2006TV SeriesHerself
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars2006TV MovieHerself
The Weakest Link2001-2004TV SeriesHerself
Abbamania: We Say Thank You for the Music2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Abbamania 22004TV Movie documentaryHerself - Performer
GMTV2001-2004TV SeriesHerself
Stars in Their Eyes2004TV SeriesHerself / Gwen Stefani
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2003TV SeriesHerself
RI:SE2003TV SeriesHerself
Shooting Stars2002TV SeriesHerself
EastEnders Revealed2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Dancercise with Lucy Benjamin2002VideoHerself
Breakfast2001TV SeriesHerself
The Richard Blackwood Show2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest Appearance
This Is Your Life1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The British Soap Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member

Archive Footage

EastEnders: The Greatest Cliffhangers2010TV SeriesLisa Fowler
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2009TV SeriesHerself


Nominated Awards

2001National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressEastEnders (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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