Louisa Claire Lytton (born 7 February 1989) is an English actress born in Camden and living in Islington. She rose to fame in 2005 when joining EastEnders as Ruby Allen. After leaving EastEnders in Novermber 2006, Lytton joined The Bill as PC Beth Green, a role she played from May 2007 to March 2009. She also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2006. Lytton also represented the UK at the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 in Glasgow and finished in 9th place out of 14 with 47 points.
Career[edit source | edit]Edit
EastEnders[edit source | edit]Edit
March 2005 – November 2006[edit source | edit]Edit
Lytton made her first appearance in EastEnders on 18 March 2005, playing Johnny Allen's daughter Ruby Allen. Weeks after winning the "Sexiest Female" award at the British Soap Awards where she cut a figure wearing a stunning thigh revealing white dress. In July 2006 it was announced that Lytton would be leaving EastEnders in November 2006. On the exit of her character, Lytton had commented: "I've really enjoyed my time at EastEnders. It has been a great experience which I will never forget but I am now looking forward to trying new things and not getting typecast."
Lytton's final scenes were broadcast in November 2006. On 1 December 2006, Lytton appeared on the ITV1 show Loose Women and confirmed that leaving EastEnders was not her decision. In August 2008 she stated she would like to return to EastEnders once she had left The Bill.
Strictly Come Dancing[edit source | edit]Edit
Autumn/Winter 2006[edit source | edit]Edit
Lytton took part in the fourth series of the BBC One reality television programme Strictly Come Dancing, and at just 17 remains the youngest contestant ever to have appeared on the show to date. Her professional dance partner wasVincent Simone. After several impressive performances she was eliminated in the quarter-finals, finishing in fourth place out of fourteen, losing out to Emma Bunton in the viewer vote for a place in the last three. Despite this, Lytton appeared in the Christmas Special on Christmas Day with fellow contestants Mark Ramprakash, Matt Dawson and Emma Bunton, along with 2005's finalists Zoë Ball and Colin Jackson. This show was won by Jackson. Below is a scoring recap from start to finish.
Performance[edit source | edit]Edit
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|2||Quickstep / Don't Get Me Wrong||7||8||6||7||28||Safe|
|3||Jive / Smiley Faces||8||9||9||10||36||Safe|
|4||Foxtrot / Piece of My Heart||7||5||6||8||26||Safe|
|5||Salsa / Bailamos||6||8||7||8||29||Safe|
|6||Samba / Rhythm of the Night||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|7||Tango / Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)||8||9||9||9||35||Safe|
|8||Paso Doble / Left Outside Alone||8||8||9||9||34||Safe|
|9||Viennese Waltz / That's Amore||8
|10||American Smooth / Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me||7
Lytton began touring with 'Strictly' on 18 January 2008 with ex-EastEnders co-stars, Letitia Dean and Matt Di Angelo, and ended the tour with 11 wins under her belt. Along with her EastEnders co-star Christopher Parker, Louisa was vocal in her criticism of the media treatment of John Sergeant, which led to him resigning from the 2008 series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. She said she was surprised that Arlene Philips was removed a judge from the next series of Strictly Come Dancing due to her age, she is to be replaced by former contestant and 2007 winner Alesha Dixon.
Strictly On Tour 2008[edit source | edit]Edit
She was one of the former Strictly Come Dancing participants to be asked to return for Strictly On Tour which took place in early 2008 and toured the country. She was asked to return due to her personality and popularity with the audience on Strictly Come Dancing. “I absolutely loved taking part in Strictly Come Dancing and jumped at the chance to take part in the live show, and thanks to my bosses at The Bill I’ve got the chance to get back out there and this time, fingers crossed, win it for the girls!”. She won numerous times. She appeared on BBC Breakfast for a second time in January 2008 and a third time in September 2008.
The Bill[edit source | edit]Edit
On 16 May 2007, Lytton first appeared in the ITV1 police drama The Bill as PC Beth Green. She had previously appeared as a different character in a 1997 episode, coincidentally starring alongside actor Billy Murray, who previously played her father in EastEnders. She left the show in March 2009.
Other work/appearances[edit source | edit]Edit
Between leaving EastEnders and joining The Bill she made an appearance on the CBBC show Hider in the House as herself. She has appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show to promote her role in The Bill. She also appeared on Big Brother's Little Brother with Dermot O'Leary. On 26 June 2007 she made a second appearance on lunchtime show Loose Women, this time promoting her addition to the cast of The Bill. She also briefly appeared in Emma Bunton'svideo for her single "Downtown" for Children in Need. She has been on the TV show This Morning twice.
She attends numerous charity events and movie premieres throughout the year such as "Children's Champions" in 2007 and 2009 and the "Legends Ball" in 2008.
She was a member of the audience on Happy Birthday Brucie which celebrated TV presenter Bruce Forsyth's 80th birthday in 2008.
Louisa Lytton was chosen as one half of the United Kingdom's entry for the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, finishing 9th out of 14 countries.
She appeared on GMTV for a third time in March 2009 as well as Loose Women for a third time.
On 13 July 2009 Lytton went on GMTV to talk about her roles in the Shakespearean plays Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This interview was conducted with Lorraine Kelly on her segment of the show.
She appeared in FHM December 2009 issue. She gave an interview along with provocative pictures of herself in her bra and pants.
In February 2012, she attended the press night for magician Hans Klok's show The Houdini Experience at The Peacock Theatre in London. While there, she was invited up on stage by Klok, who then sawed her in half in his Clearly Impossible illusion.
Lytton is a user of Twitter.
Theatre work[edit source | edit]Edit
In July 2009 she joined the British Shakespeare Company to tour the UK and Prague in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. She played Cobweb (a fairy) in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. She also starred in a Southampton theatre production in November 2009.
Personal life[edit source | edit]Edit
Lytton attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, London. She is close friends with her former EastEnders co-stars Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater), and Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks). She is also friends with singer and Strictly Come Dancing rival Emma Bunton. She is of Italian descent on her mother's side and her cousin is Lisa Maffia of So Solid fame. She also dated Aston Merrygold of JLS until February 2007.
Filmography[edit source | edit]Edit
Films[edit source | edit]Edit
|2009||American Pie Presents: The Book of Love||Imogen|
|2010||Going Nowhere: The Lena Zavaroni Story||Lena Zavaroni|
|Dream Guy||Michelle Cooper|
|2012||Young, High and Dead||Jenny|
TV[edit source | edit]Edit
|1997||The Bill||Natalie Shepherd||1 episode: Only the Lonely|
|1999||Let Them Eat Cake||Little Girl||1 episode: A Marriage of Convenience|
|2005–2006||EastEnders||Ruby Allen||Series regular|
|2007–2009||The Bill||PC Beth Green||Series regular|
|2010||Casualty||Grace Fielding||1 episode: Inconvenient Truths|
|Panorama||Holly Morris||1 episode:|