Elisabeth Dermot Walsh

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Elisabeth Dermot Walsh
Elisabeth Clare Louise Walsh

(1974-09-15) 15 September 1974 (age 45)
Merton, England
  • West Heath School
  • RADA
Years active1998–present
RelativesDermot Walsh (father)

Elisabeth Clare Louise Walsh (born 15 September 1974) is an English actress, known for her roles as Rachel in the BBC sitcom Unfinished Business and Zara Carmichael in the BBC soap opera Doctors. She also starred in the 1998 television film Falling for a Dancer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Merton, Walsh is the daughter of Irish actor Dermot Walsh and English actress Elisabeth Madeleine Annear,[1] she has a sister, Olivia, and, from her father's previous marriages, a half-sister, Sally, and a half-brother, Michael.[1]


Walsh was educated at West Heath School, a former independent boarding school for girls in the town of Sevenoaks in Kent, which was later replaced by The New School at West Heath, she later trained at RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), in London.


Walsh made her television debut in the television film Falling for a Dancer, she has also appeared in Love in a Cold Climate, Unfinished Business, Midsomer Murders and Holby City. She played the lead role of Elinor Carlisle in the 2003 ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's Sad Cypress.[2]

In 2009, she joined the regular cast of the BBC soap opera Doctors, portraying the role of Zara Carmichael, she also had a guest role in an episode of Love Soup.[3] Her theatre credits include Ring Round the Moon, The Country Wife, The Misanthrope, The Life of Galileo and Rebecca, opposite Nigel Havers.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 From Time to Time Joan
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Falling for a Dancer Elizabeth Television film
1999 Unfinished Business Rachel Recurring role; 9 episodes
1999 Cleopatra Octavia Television film
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Linda Radlett Miniseries
2002 Bertie and Elizabeth Lillibet Television film
2003 Murphy's Law Kate Jennings 1 episode: "Electric Bill"
2003 My Hero Charlotte 1 episode: "It's All in the Mind"
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot: Sad Cypress Elinor Carlisle Television film
2004 The Rivals Julia Melville Performance at Bristol Old Vic, recorded for DVD
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Mrs Sanderson-Chantry Television film
2005 Love Soup Roberta Samms
2007 The Commander Thelma 1 episode: "The Fraudster"
2008 Midsomer Murders Beth Porteous 1 episode: "Blood Wedding"
2008 Fiona's Story Emma Television film
2009 Holby City Elizabeth Farrington 1 episode: "Proceed with Caution"
2009–present Doctors Dr Zara Carmichael Series regular



  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Dermot Walsh". The Daily Telegraph. 3 July 2002. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Sad Cypress". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Love Soup: War Is Heck". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Archive for The Misanthrope at The Gate Theatre, Dublin. 2003. [DUBLIN]". Arts-archive.com. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ "The Rivals". IMDb.com. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Theatre, dance, opera and cabaret reviews". The Stage. Retrieved 14 February 2016.

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