Born on 28 March 1969, Laurie Brett is a Scottish actress. She is famous for her roles as Jane Beale in EastEnders and Christine Mulgrew in Waterloo Road. Brett was born in Hamilton, Scotland and she studied at the London Studio Centre. Brett can speak fluent Spanish and has admitted that she was a wild child in her youth and was heavily addicted to alcohol for 20 years.
Brett speaks with a Scottish accent, however, she picked up a London accent when she relocated to the city, and that suited her role in EastEnders. She revealed that she had a “knack” with accents and confessed that before she appeared in Waterloo Road, she used to speak with Scottish accent as it was very helpful when people asked her if she was Jane from EastEnders. Her accent used to make people feel that they were mistaken. Brett had a romantic relationship with a musician named Dave Evans for six years. They met on a blind date in 2001 and got engaged. However, they separated before their wedding in 2007. Brett revealed in January 2011 that she was pregnant and gave birth to Erin Anne Millie Brett in June 2011.
She debuted on small screen as an officer manager in London’s Burning (1993). She later appeared in The Bill as two characters: Emma Gilmore (1996) and Irene Murray (1998), and also in My Hero (2002) where she appeared as a female customer.
After she was spotted in Les Miserables by the casting director of EastEnders, Kat Collins, she landed the role of Jane Beale. She first appeared on the show in June 2004 and initially signed a three-year contract. In the year 2010, she extended her contract by another year. She also appeared as Jane in a spinoff series: EastEnders: E20 (2010). In May 2011, she left the soap for a brief maternity leave. She finally departed from EastEnders in January 2012, but, briefly reprised the role in January 2014 and in November 2014, she made a full-time return to the show. She left EastEnders again in 2017 and her final appearance was on 23 October 2017.