Hailing from South London, Kellie Shirley started her career at the National Youth Theatre and the BRIT School, making her UK screen debut in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2003).

She went on to land roles in The Office (BBC), three-part drama Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (BBC), as well as the films Wimbledon (2004), Heidi (2005) and Venus (2006). Kellie then played ‘Carly Wicks’ in over 200 episodes of the BAFTA-winning EastEnders. 


Following the birth of her twins in summer 2015, Kellie has gone on to play series regulars in Idris Elba’s award winning comedy In the Long Run (Sky/Starz) and the Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning CBBC series Joe All Alone. She has also featured alongside an all-star British cast in the film King of Thieves (2019) and season eight of the hit show Call the Midwife (BBC). Next up Kellie can be seen in Terence Davies’ film Benediction (2021) and Paul Andrew Williams new feature Bull (2021). 


In this Q&A, Kellie talks about her journey into the industry, how to cope with rejection and the pros and cons of attending drama school.