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Lenora Isabella Crichlow was born in Westminster, London in 1985. Her father Frank is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad, and once ran the infamous Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill, with stars like Jimi Hendrix and Diana Ross among its clients. Her mother is English. Lenora has a younger sister, Amanda Crichlow, an actress who has appeared in Prime Suspect (2006); Holby City (2007) and The Bill (2008).
Amanda Crichlow in The Bill
Lenora Crichlow as Sharon Moss in The Bill
Lenora gained acting experience with the YoungBlood Theatre Company, and when she was nineteen, Lenora won her first TV role in Bella and the Boys (2004) playing Stacy, one of the residents of the children's care home in which the drama is set. This led to th
the role of drug addict Shirley Moss in 12 episodes of The Bill (2004).
After appearing in her first film, a low-budget British horror film Wilderness (2006), Lenora landed a starring role as Maria `Su
Lenora Crichlow as Mandy in Wilderness
`Sugar` Sweet in the Channel 4 TV adaptation of Julie Burchill's novel Sugar Rush.
Lenora Crichlow aged 20
Olivia Hallinan & Lenora Crichlow
in Sugar Rush
Lenora as 'Sugar' in Sugar Rush
Lenora Crichlow & Olivia Hallinan in Sugar Rush
Lenora appeared in all 20 episodes of this comedy drama, with its teenage lesbian overtones. The series won the 2006 International Emmy Award in the `Children and Young People` category. The series was also nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2007.
After the brief role of Cheen in a 2007 episode of Doctor Who, Lenora starred in BBC One's feature length crime drama
drama Kiss of Death (2008). Starring alongside Danny Dyer and Louise Lombard, she plays plays a rookie police officer Jude Whiley, who has an obsessive energy and passion for her work!
Lenora Crichlow as Jude Whiley in
Kiss of Death
Lenora Crichlow as Cheen in Doctor Who
In 2008, the BBC cast Lenora as Annie Sawyer for the first series of BBC Three's Being Human (2009). In a 2008 pilot, George (a werewolf) and Mitchell (a vampire), move into a flat only to discover that it is haunted by Annie, the ghost of a woman who was murdered
murdered in the flat. In the pilot Annie was played by Andrea Riseborough, with Lenora Crichlow taking over the role for the six
six episodes aired from January to March 2009. Later she was to appear as road-crash victim Alice Jackson in the ITV's 5-episode drama Collision (2009).
Lenora Crichlow as Alice Jackson in Collision
Lenora as Annie in Being Human
Lenora Crichlow & Aidan Turner in
Such was the impact of Lenora's performance in Being Human, that she was chosen for the leading
Lenora Crichlow as Ali Redcliffe in Material Girls
Lenora Crichlow in Material Girls
leading role of Ali Redcliffe in the lavish BBC production of Material Girls (2010) which cost £6 million to make. The romantic comedy, set in London's Brick Lane, tells the story of Ali Redcliffe, a talented young fashion designer who comes up against Davina Bailey (Dervla Kirwan), an established designer who will do anything to make her new rival fail.
I met Lenora Crichlow when she was a guest at Autographica, held at the Birmingham Hilton Hotel in April 2009.
She was a very popular guest, with many people wanting to meet her as the Being Human series, in which she starred as Annie, had just been shown on TV at the time.
Lenora Crichlow interviewed on BBC's Breakfast (January 2010)