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Jane Cameron (b. 29th November 1974) is an English actress, known for her roles as Sophie Wright in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and as Ms. Templeman in the BBC children's showM.I.High.[1] In 2011–12, she appeared on EastEnders as Sophie for three episodes.[2][3][4]

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 [hide*1 Early and personal life

Early and personal life[edit]Edit

Cameron was born in Yorkshire.[1] In 1998, she, her mother, and her stepfather were involved in a car accident.[5] Her stepfather Steven Wood was driving the car with Jane and her mother inside, when it collided with Melanie Powell, 20, a friend of Jane's younger brother. The two cars crashed into a field near Menwith HillHarrogateNorth Yorkshire at an unlit junction. All of the passengers in Wood's car survived, suffering minor bruises, but Powell, who worked in Bradford, and was driving home to see her boyfriend, died.[5]

Career[edit]Edit

"In ways, it's nice to have a baby on screen. When he's supposed to be crying, often he'll be as happy as anything. And when he's supposed to be happy, he can be a bit grizzly. We have to wait for the crying".[6]

—Cameron describes having a baby in the majority of her scenes on Emmerdale (1997)

Throughout 1996 to 1997, Cameron appeared as nanny Sophie Wright in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.[6] Cameron got the role after a year out of drama school, "being thrust into a gruelling schedule in Emmerdale".[6] She was initially auditioning for another part at Yorkshire Television, but got the Emmerdale role instead.[6] Her father, David McDermott, was once a set designer on the show and was introduced as the nanny to James Tate.[6] Cameron said that when her and her parents moved to America for six months when she was 16, she worked as nanny, calling it a "great experience".[6] She said, "Until you've spent every day with a baby, you don't know what it's like. In one of the first scenes, which I read in the audition, someone said, 'Doesn't it make you want to have one of your own?' My character replied, 'No, absolutely not', it's a 24-hour-a-day job".[6] Cameron spoke to a number of parents so she was prepared for the role of Sophie, wanting to be "professional", something which Cameron described Sophie as.[6]

Cameron opined that she enjoyed having a baby on screen all the time, saying it is "like a prop", adding; "You can focus all your energies on the job in hand. But in other ways it can be hard, like when the baby cries. When he was a small baby, he slept most of the time, which is easier. When I got more used to things, the baby got more irritated. But his mother is always around and feels safe when she hands him over to me".[6] The main storyline Cameron received was being paired with "lesbian vet" Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), until Cameron quit Emmerdale in 1997.[5][6] Of her appearance in Band of Gold in 1996, she described her role as "brilliant" and "so well written".[6]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Silent Witness Sharon Roberts 1 episode
2011–12 EastEnders Sophie 3 episodes
2008 Doctors Becky Gainer 1 episode
EastEnders D.C. Bedows
Holby City Natalie Reynolds
Primeval Teacher
2007–08 M.I. High Ms. Templeman 22 episodes
2006 Green Wing Nurse 1 episode
2005 Man Stroke Woman Gloria/Customer
The Bill Maxine Burt
2004 North & South Young woman
2001 Doctors Sally Piper
1999 Holby City Lisa
1996 Band of Gold Sarah Levison 2 episodes
Dalziel and Pascoe Shelia 1 episode
1996–97 Emmerdale Sophie Wright 81 episodes
Film
Year Title Role
2005 You Can Run Lucy
Radio
Year Title Role
1998 Divided Harvest Katherine
Stage
Year Title Role
2007 Humble Boy Rosie
2004 Frankestein Justine
2001 Accrington Pals Sarah
Stairs to the Roof Alma
The Clandestine Marriage Fanny
2000 Cinderella- The Ash Girl Ruth
Lonely Lives Kitty
Six Degrees of Separation Elizabeth
1999 Reader, I Murdered Him Emily Brontë
Under Milk Wood Mae Rose/Polly Garter
1998 The Storm Glasha
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