Zöe Lucker

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Zöe Lucker
Zöe Lucker at the Inside Soap Awards in 2010
Zöe Elizabeth Lucker

(1974-04-11) 11 April 1974 (age 45)
Years active1996–present
TelevisionFootballers' Wives (2002–2006)
EastEnders (2010–2011)
Holby Blue (2007–2008)
Waterloo Road (2013–2014)
Hollyoaks (2015–2016)
Strictly Come Dancing (2009)
Richard Forshaw
(m. 2001; div. 2001)
Partner(s)James Herbert (2007–present)

Zöe Elizabeth Lucker[2] (born 11 April 1974[3][4]) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Tanya Turner in the ITV drama Footballers' Wives, Vanessa Gold in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Carol Barry in the BBC drama Waterloo Road and Reenie McQueen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.


Lucker was educated at Huddersfield New College,[5] she studied acting at Oscars Academy of Performing Arts in Huddersfield, and later at the Manchester Arden School of Theatre.[6]


1996–2009: Early career[edit]

In 1996, she made her television debut in Brazen Hussies playing Busty Babs.[7] Later that year, she appeared in three episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. In the next four years, she appeared on Doctors, Where the Heart Is, Barbara and Killer Net.[8]

In 2002, Lucker began portraying the role of Tanya Turner on ITV drama Footballers' Wives. In 2004, she was nominated and won a TV Quick and TV Choice Award for 'Best Actress' for her role of Tanya Turner;[9] she was also nominated for a National Television Award in the category of 'Most Popular Actress'[10] for her work on Footballers' Wives and made an appearance in sister show, Bad Girls, as her Footballers' Wives character.[11] Lucker temporarily left in the fourth series, but returned in the fifth series.[12]

In 2004, she co-hosted the British Academy Television Awards 2004, and guest presented on CD:UK in 2005.[citation needed] Her first main presenting work was on the Living home makeover show Love the Place You're In.[citation needed]

In 2005, Lucker toured New Zealand extensively in the play Then Comes Love as the female lead Jane opposite Shane Cortese[13] and played the lead role in Bombshell for ITV1, broadcast in New Zealand,[14] she also appeared in BBC drama HolbyBlue playing the character Kate Keenan.[15]

In 2009, Lucker appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire alongside John Suchet, winning £150,000 for the Caron Keating Foundation[16]

2009: Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In September 2009, Lucker was announced as a contestant for series 7 of Strictly Come Dancing, her former Footballers Wives co-star, Laila Rouass also participated in the series.[17] She was partnered up with professional ballroom dancer James Jordan. Despite earning high scores and having the third highest average, the couple were eliminated on 31 October, after being in a dance-off against Ali Bastian and her partner Brian Fortuna.

In November that year, it was confirmed that she would take part in the Strictly Come Dancing 2010 live tour at arenas across the UK.[18]

Week # Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
2 Waltz / "Some Day My Prince Will Come" 7 8 7 8 Safe
Rumba / "Out of Reach" 8 7 8 8
3 Paso Doble / "You've Got The Love" 7 8 8 8 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" 8 9 8 8 Safe
5 Jive / "Tainted Love" 7 8 8 7 Bottom two
6 American Smooth / "My Girl" 8 8 9 8 Safe
7 Samba / "Boogie Nights" 7 8 9 8 Eliminated

2010–2016: Further television roles[edit]

In March 2010, Lucker joined the cast of BBC soap opera EastEnders to portray the role Vanessa Gold, she left in October 2011.

In June 2012, Lucker joined the cast of Waterloo Road to play Carol Barry, the head of the crime family from Liverpool.

In February 2015, Lucker joined the cast of Hollyoaks to play Reenie McQueen. Reenie has been billed as "good-time party girl without an 'off' switch and can be exhausting company although deep down she is the most vulnerable of Nana's children" and hasn't set the best example to her children and has let them down in the past,[19] she made her first appearance on 16 April 2015. It was later announced in December 2015 that Lucker would be leaving the role at the conclusion of the child sexual abuse storyline, with Reenie making her final appearance on 30 June 2016.

Lucker was a part of BBC history-reality series, 24 Hours in the Past, along with Colin Jackson, Alistair McGowan, Ann Widdecombe, Tyger Drew-Honey and Miquita Oliver; the four-part series was aired from 28 April until 19 May 2015.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2008, Lucker announced her engagement to boyfriend James Herbert; the following month, Lucker announced that she was pregnant in with her first child. She had her daughter, Lilly Alabama Herbert, on 2 September 2008.[20]


Year Title Role Network Notes
1996 Coronation Street Sonia Leach ITV 2 episodes
1996 Brazen Hussies Busty Babs BBC Two Television film
1997 Where the Heart Is Jane ITV Series 1, episode 3: "Summoned by Bells"
1998 Killer Net Carol Channel 4 Mini-series; 3 episodes
1999 Boyz Unlimited Kirsty Bellamy Channel 4 Episode 5
1999 Barbara Karen ITV Series 1, episode 2: "Rivals"
2000 Doctors Sandy Hansen BBC One 1 episode
2000 Trial & Retribution Catrina Roberts ITV 2 episodes
2002 Holby City Sharon Simons BBC One Series 4, episode 46 "Pawns in the Game"
2002–2006 Footballers' Wives Tanya Turner ITV Main role; series 1–5 - 35 episodes
2004 Bad Girls Tanya Turner ITV Guest role; series 6 - 3 episodes
2006 Bombshell Jenna Marston ITV Main role; series 1 - 7 episodes
2007–2008 HolbyBlue Kate Keenan BBC One Main role; series 1–2 - 20 episodes
2009 Strictly Come Dancing Herself BBC One Series 7 contestant
2010–2011 EastEnders Vanessa Gold BBC One Regular role; 96 episodes
2013–2014 Waterloo Road Carol Barry BBC One Recurring role - series 8; regular role - series 9
2015 24 Hours in the Past Herself BBC One Historical reality television series
2015–2016 Hollyoaks Reenie McQueen Channel 4 Regular role; 63 episodes



  1. ^ "TANYA'S TRANSFER; Footballers' Wives favourite bitch Zoe Lucker switches sides when she's jailed in the soccer soap and ends up behind bars in Bad Girls. - Free Online Library".
  2. ^ England & Wales births 1837-2006
  3. ^ According to the State of London. London Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, London Department of Health Services, London. At Ancestry.com
  4. ^ "Zoe Lucker (profile)". Hello!. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Huddersfield's Zoe Lucker set for EastEnders role". Huddersfield Examiner. 22 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Meet Zoe Lucker - aka Tanya Turner on Footballers' Wives". The Sun. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Brazen Hussies". 7 November 1998 – via IMDb.
  8. ^ "Killer Net". 5 May 1998 – via IMDb.
  9. ^ ""Footballers' Wives" (2002) - Awards". Uk.imdb.com. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Zoe in TV award dream". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Tanya Turner (Character)".
  12. ^ "My Footballers' Wives diary, by Joan Collins". Daily Mail. London. 2 April 2006.
  13. ^ Herrick, Linda (5 September 2005). "Then Comes Love at Founders Theatre". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Army drama lacks true trash power". NZ Herald. 3 May 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Holby Blue: Characters & Actors :Station Reception Officer Kate Keenan". BBC. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  16. ^ "John Suchet on Celebrity 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?'". Yorkshire & Humber Improvement Partnership. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  17. ^ Chivers, Tom (18 September 2009). "Strictly Come Dancing 2009: the contestants". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  18. ^ Douglas, Joanne (10 November 2009). "Lindley actress Zoe Lucker joins Strictly Come Dancing live tour". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  19. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (6 February 2015). "Hollyoaks casts Zöe Lucker as newcomer Reenie McQueen". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Zoe Lucker looks chic as she steps out with her favourite accessory... six-week-old daughter Lilly Alabama". London: Daily Mail. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  21. ^ "Stars battle it out for TV awards". London: BBC. 26 October 2004. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  22. ^ "It's Zoe vs Nell". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Huddersfield. 17 September 2004. Retrieved 3 August 2014.

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