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Lisa Maxwell (born 24 November 1963) is an English actress and television presenter, best known for her roles in The Bill between 2002 and 2009. In 2009, Lisa joined the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women as a regular panellist.

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Early life[edit]Edit

Born in the Elephant & Castle district of SouthwarkSouth London in November 1963, she was trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts,[1] and first acted on TV aged 11 in a schools programme A Place Like Home.[citation needed] In 1981 she participated in BBC TV's A Song for Europe as a member of the group Unity.[1] They finished in last place[1] with the song "For Only a Day".[citation needed] When she was conceived, her father John Murphy had a pregnant wife. Her 22 year old mother Val returned to her parents' home, where all three brought her up. She met her father for the first time when she was 45. She has three paternal half-siblings.[2]jhb

Career[edit]Edit

Acting[edit]Edit

Maxwell's first senior role was in Remembrance (1982),[1] and in the same year she voiced Kira in the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal.[1]

In 1993 she auditioned for the part of Daphne Moon in Frasier, but the part eventually went to Jane Leeves.

She played Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon in the ITV1 drama The Bill between 2002 and 2009.[1] She joined the cast in late-2001 and filmed her last scenes on The Bill on 20 March 2009.

In September 2013 she appeared in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, playing Naomi, the girlfriend of established character, David Wicks (Michael French).[3]

Comedy[edit]Edit

Maxwell appeared on The Russ Abbot Show[1] in 1990 which led to her getting her own short-lived TV show, the Lisa Maxwell Show on BBC television in 1991.[1]

Presenting[edit]Edit

In 1985, Maxwell won a television vote[citation needed] to become a presenter on the BBC Two pop music show No Limits.[1] The other winning presenter was Jeremy Legg.

She then went on to become a presenter on a number of children's programmes including Children's ITV flagship magazine programme Splash!

In March 2009, Maxwell began appearing as a regular panellist on ITV's lunchtime chat show, Loose Women. However soon after starting she was forced to take a break after she fractured two ribs.[citation needed] She returned to the show on 10 June 2009 and to this day, still regularly appears on the show.

Other appearances[edit]Edit

On 5 August 2008, Maxwell appeared in an episode of Daily Cooks Challenge.

On 7 March 2009 Lisa, along with Patrick Robinson participated in Let's Dance for Comic Relief. They danced to the Riverdance.

On 27 February 2010, she took part in an episode of All Star Family Fortunes playing against Duncan Bannatyne.

On 30 April 2011, Maxwell was a participant on ITV's Sing If You Can show.

On 7 November 2012, Lisa was a contestant in All Star Mr & Mrs with her other half, Paul.

On 4 January 2013, Lisa took part in a celebrity episode of The Million Pound Drop Live as a part of the Channel 4 mash-up evening along with Sherrie HewsonJane McDonald and Denise Welch.

On 28 December 2013, Lisa took part in a celebrity edition of the ITV game show The Cube in a Loose Women special alongside Sherrie Hewson and Denise Welch. Together they were defeated by The Cube, but took away £1,000 which they split between their three chosen charities. Lisa won £333 for her charity Centrepoint.

Personal life[edit]Edit

In April 2009, during an appearance on The Paul O'Grady Show, Lisa revealed the deciding factor in her leaving was the long hours she worked on The Bill and that she had suffered two miscarriages during 2008. She also said her friend and co-star Roberta Taylor had convinced her to leave the show for the sake of her health.[4]

Maxwell has never married.[5] On 28 February 2012, just before a leap day (which would be the traditional day for a woman to propose), she proposed to her long-term partner Paul Jessup, with whom she has been in a relationship since 1997.[6] She has one child with Jessup, a daughter who was born in October 1999, called Beau.[4] Maxwell lives in the Cotswolds.

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