Glasgow born actress Morven Christie has an extensive list of hit TV shows to her name. She is particularly recognisable for her portrayal of the lead, DS Lisa Armstrong, in Series 1 and 2 of ITV’s hit crime drama series ‘The Bay’. She was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Best Actress Award for this role.
In 2023 she stars as the lead, Lexie Noble, in ITV crime drama 'Payback', produced by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. Her character becomes entangled in a risky police operation to oust a notorious crime lord when it is revealed that her husband has been laundering his illegal earnings.
As well as The Bay, she has had two previous BAFTA Scotland Best Actress nominations including for playing Alison Hughes, a mother struggling to come to terms with her son’s diagnosis for autism, in the critically acclaimed BBC drama series ‘The A Word’. The drama ran for 3 series from 2016-2020. The Hollywood Reporter said “it’s a very challenging role that Christie nails perfectly”.
Her first BAFTA Scotland nomination came for playing pregnant architect Ellen in BBC One’s psychological thriller series ‘The Replacement’, whose life spirals out of control when she suspects that her maternity cover is out to take more than just her job. She was described as “effortlessly convincing” by The Telegraph.
In 2018 she starred opposite Bill Nighy, Matthew Goode and Anna Chancellor in the BBC One 3-part mini-series ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ based on the novel by Agatha Christie. She played housekeeper, Kirsten Lindstrom in the critically acclaimed series which was given 5 stars by The Guardian.
She is also recognisable for her recurring role as Amanda Hopkins, the long-time love interest of James Norton’s character in the first 3 series of much-loved ITV series ‘Grantchester’.
Other major TV roles include playing Zoe Morgan in the BAFTA nominated BBC drama series ‘Hunted’, playing ‘Head of Legacy’ Fi Healey in the BAFTA winning BBC comedy series ‘Twenty Twelve’, starring as Sally in the ITV sitcom ‘Monday Monday’ and playing Philip Glenister’s character’s daughter Louise in BBC drama series ‘From Here To There’. She also starred as Rose Maylie in the BAFTA winning 2008 BBC adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’ which also starred Tom Hardy, Sophie Okonedo and Sarah Lancashire.
On the big screen she featured in an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent in the Academy Award and BAFTA winning film ‘The Young Victoria’ and starred in the BAFTA nominated romantic drama ‘Lilting’ alongside Ben Whishaw. In 2022 she starred in ‘The Road Dance’ which won an Audience Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival and a Jury Award at the Manchester Film Festival. Also in 2022 she played Jean Woodward in ‘Floodlights’, the BBC Two film about the sexual abuse suffered by former professional footballer Andy Woodward.
On stage she has played leading roles in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ for the Royal Shakespeare Company, starred in ‘Men Should Weep’ at the National Theatre and also starred in ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and ‘The Cherry Orchard’ for Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project at the Old Vic in London and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Morven has an impressive range of accents. She naturally speaks with a soft Glaswegian accent yet she is known for speaking with both Neutral and Northern accents across her TV roles. In 'The Bay' she played a Lancashire detective, 'Grantchester' RP, 'The A Word' was Cumbria/Manchester, 'The Replacement' and 'Ordeal By Innocence' were both in her natural soft Glaswegian.
Payback (TV, 2023) – 'Lexie Noble' (lead), ITV
Floodlights (Film, 2022) – 'Jean Woodward', BBC Two
The Bay (TV, 2019-2021) – 'DS Lisa Armstrong', ITV, Series 1 & 2
The Road Dance (Film, 2021) – 'Mairi Macleod', Sheridan Road. Productions
The A Word (TV, 2016-2020) – 'Alison Hughes', BBC One
Ordeal By Innocence (TV, 2018) – 'Kirsten Lindstrom', BBC One
The Replacement (TV, 2017) – 'Ellen', BBC One
Grantchester (TV, 2014-2017) – 'Amanda Hopkins', ITV, Series 1-3
Doctor Who (TV, 2015) – 'O'Donnell', BBC One, Series 9
From Here to There (TV, 2014) – 'Louise', BBC
Silent Witness (TV, 2014) – 'DS Sally Kirchner', BBC One, Series 17
Death in Paradise (TV, 2014) – 'Sally Goodman', BBC One, Series 3
Lilting (Film, 2014) – 'Margaret', BBC Films/Artificial Eye
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Game, 2014) – 'Sergeant Meursault'
Hunted (TV, 2012) – 'Zoe Morgan', BBC One
Twenty Twelve (TV, 2011) – 'Fi Healey, BBC One
Monday Monday (TV, 2009) – 'Sally', ITV
The Young Victoria (Film, 2009) – 'Watson', Momentum Pictures
Oliver Twist (TV, 2008) – 'Rose Maylie', BBC
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