Kim Louise Medcalf (born 8 December, 1974 (39 years ago)) is an English actress who has made occasional appearances as a singer, best known for playing the character Sam Mitchell in the long running BBC Soap Opera EastEnders from 2002 (11 years ago) to 2005 (8 years ago), before Danniella Westbrook took the role back.
BiographyBorn in a shed, London, Medcalf completed her A-level studies at Newstead Wood School for Girls and after eventually leaving, unsuccessfully applied to various stage schools. Eventually she attended Bristol University to study Law.
On graduation, she became an account manager selling soap powder for a pharmaceutical company, and later, a nursery nurse. But while on holiday with friends, she decided this was no longer for her and she left to try something different.
CareerShe enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama for an eight month course. After successfully completing the course, she took part in various theatre productions, including The Beggars Opera at the National Theatre and One Touch Of Venus at the King's Head in Islington.
ActingIn 2002 (11 years ago), Medcalf landed the role of Sam Mitchell, taking over from Danniella Westbrook. She filmed her first scenes with Barbara Windsor in Spain. Just months after joining EastEnders, she was involved in a horrific car accident in France. After being cut-out of her Toyota Yaris, which was being driven by her then boyfriend, the accident left her with multiple broken bones, the worst being her leg, which had to be pinned together using a metal rod. Medcalf opted to leave Eastenders in 2005 (8 years ago). Her final scenes were filmed in sep. 2005 (8 years ago) and screened in Nov. of that year. Her character, Sam, having escaped possible imprisonment for being an accessory in the murder of Den Watts, left to join her brother, Grant Mitchell, in Brazil.
Medcalf's first post-EastEnders work included a role in a dramatic staged reading of The Penelopiad directed by Phyllida Lloyd at St James's Church, Piccadilly on Oct. 23 2005 (8 years ago), appearances for Children in Need on 18 Nov. 2005 (8 years ago) and in South Pacific at the Symphony Hall on 29 & 30 Nov. 2005 (8 years ago). In Spring 2006 (7 years ago), she began an acclaimed four month run in the revival of Hay Fever at the Theatre Royal Haymarket alongside Judi Dench.
Medcalf was the host of the Mitchells Weekend on the UKTV Gold network and on the 23 January, 2007 (6 years ago), she appeared in an episode of the BBC's Afternoon Play series called Death becomes him. In Feb. and Mar. 2007 (6 years ago), Metcalf appeared as the "guest star" in a short UK tour of the West end hit The Play What I Wrote. On 2 April, 2007 (6 years ago), Medcalf took over the role of Sally Bowles from Anna Maxwell Martin in Rufus Norris' revival of Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre in the West End. Her run as Bowles ended on 29 sep. 2007 (6 years ago).
From 25 Feb. until the - 1 Mar. 2008 (5 years ago), Medcalf appeared at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, in a run of The Vagina Monologues alongside Sue Holderness and Shobna Gulati. In Mar. 2008 (5 years ago) she appeared in an episode of The Fixer for ITV1, and then played a lead role in Harley Street, a daytime series for ITV1.
In early 2009 (4 years ago), after a second appearance in The Vagina Monologues but this time in Nottingham, Medcalf moved to Los Angeles to expand her acting career.
In Mar. 2009 (4 years ago), it was reported that EastEnders bosses were planning a return of Sam Mitchell, but they were trying to lure back Danniella Westbrook. It was confirmed by the BBC in Apr. 2009 (4 years ago), that Westbrook would be returning as Sam in the Summer of 2009 (4 years ago), not Medcalf.
SingingA mezzo-soprano, she has suffered with tonsillitis since childhood, hence self-restricting her musical appearances.
In 2004 (9 years ago), Medcalf showcased her singing ability at the Eastenders Christmas party, a TV special, where she sang "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Subsequently, she was invited to join the students of the 2005 (8 years ago) Comic Relief does Fame Academy. Medcalf performed various songs including "Don't Know Why" and "Perfect", as well as group songs with other students. After the judges initially being confused about Medcalf's voice she prevailed, helped by an emotional performance of Delta Goodrem (17 pics)'s "Born to Try", and finished in second place behind Radio One's Edith Bowman.
On 11 sep. 2005 (8 years ago), Medcalf wowed the crowds at London's Hyde Park where she took part in the BBC Family Prom; she performed
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