Jill Halfpenny

Jill Halfpenny (born 15 July 1975) is an English actress.

Halfpenny is possibly best known for her role as Kate in the British TV drama EastEnders, from 2002-5. She has appeared on television regularly since the early 1990s in serials such as Byker Grove, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Waterloo Road.
A native of Leam Lane, Gateshead, she attended St Edmund Campion there. She is a former student of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (1994-1996) and she also went to drama school First Act Theatre in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and to the Reavley Theatre School in Felling, Gateshead. She has one child, a boy, Harvey-Rhys Conway born 3 May 2008.


Halfpenny had a part in The Round Tower as Rosie Cotton. She began her acting career in the BBC television children's drama series Byker Grove, set in the Benwell area of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her other work has included appearances in Dalziel and Pascoe and Coronation Street for television and theatre with the acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre Company.

She took the major role of Kate Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders between 2002 and 2004. The character was introduced as a police officer sent to spy on Phil Mitchell, but after her cover was blown she quit the police force, married Phil and opened a nail salon.

Jill Halfpenny

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