Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Alison King

Alison King (born 3 March 1973) is an English actress. She has had major television roles as Lynda Block in the Sky One television series Dream Team, and as Carla Connor in Coronation Street since 2006.

King appeared on Dream Team as Lynda Block for three years before the character was sent to prison. She reprised the role some years later.During her break from working on Dream Team, she worked on several projects abroad including a role as an extra in the American feature film Shanghai Knights—appearing in a scene alongside Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson—supporting major roles such as BBC comedy-drama Help, video film Submerged and feature film Final Contract: Death on Delivery. She made a guest appearance in the final episode of Mile High, playing the wife of Captain Nigel Croker's, and was featured in Coupling in the episode "The Man with Two Legs", as Chrissy, an attractive woman with whom Jeff Murdock becomes infatuated on his morning train ride. She played one of the prominent roles for two independent films, Save Angel Hope (2006) and Back in Business (2007).

In 2006, she was cast as Carla Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She made her first appearance in the role in the episode broadcast on 6 December 2006.She had previously appeared in the soap in 2004 as an unrelated character named Mrs Fanshaw. Her one-episode role was part of a larger storyline to "sex up" Ryan Thomas's character, builder Jason Grimshaw.King's pregnancy required her to go on maternity leave in 2008, and Carla has temporarily been written out of the soap. When she returns to filming in late 2009, Carla will be involved with "big plans" according to Coronation Street producer Kim Crowther.

She has also made appearances in a series of recurring television adverts for Daz and was the marketing "face" of Boddingtons beer.In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Cold Feet as "Girlpower", a seductive Internet avatar.


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