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Dawn Anne Steele
11 December 1975
|Playing Dr Annie Murdoch In River City|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Blair (2007)|
Dawn Anne Nolan (born 11 December 1975), known professionally as Dawn Steele, is a Scottish actress best known for her portrayals of the characters Alexandra “Lexie” MacDonald from the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen, Alice Trevanion in the ITV drama series Wild at Heart and Dr. Annie Jandhu/Murdoch in BBC Soap Opera River City.
Dawn Steele was born in Glasgow and moved to Milton of Campsie in 1982, attended Kilsyth Academy from around 1987–1993 and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow from 1994–1998, supporting her early career as a waitress in the Rogano Restaurant. She graduated with first class honours in July 1998, and was the winner of the Silver Medal at the RSAMD in 1998.
Her most notable role was as Alexandra "Lexie" MacDonald in seasons one through six in the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen, between 1999–2004. In January 2005, she appeared as new character Justine McManus in the second season of the BBC’s paranormal drama show Sea of Souls with Iain Robertson and Bill Paterson. Before she teamed up with Iain Robertson to work on Sea of Souls they had previously worked together on The Slab Boys and The Debt Collector. Shortly after, she appeared as a student on the BBC reality show Fame Academy in a second all-celebrity series in aid of the charity Comic Relief does Fame Academy.
In January 2006, Steele returned in the third season of Sea of Souls. In April 2007 she played Shazza in Simon Farquhar's powerful Aberdonian drama Rainbow Kiss at the Royal Court Theatre in London's West End. Reviews praised her performance as a promiscuous beautician who becomes the object of a lethal obsession. In 2002 Steele was voted the Most Eligible Woman in Scotland and followed this up in 2003 when she was voted the second most eligible woman in Scotland by readers of a Sunday newspaper.
Steele starred in a one-off BBC One comedy, Magnolia, which aired on 22 September 2006. In November 2007 she made her pantomime debut as the Wicked Witch Carrion in Sleeping Beauty at the King's Theatre, Glasgow. In 2009 she returned to TV screens in the fourth season of ITV's Wild at Heart, playing a new character, Alice Collins, as the replacement for Amanda Holden who left the show after the third season.
In 2010 she returned once more as Alice for a 10-episode run in the fifth season of the popular show Wild at Heart. She returned again for another 10-episode run in the sixth season of Wild at Heart but as Alice Trevanion; Alice and Danny got engaged at the end of season five. She was in episode 1 of the seventh season but was forced to abandon filming of the hit TV drama to return to Britain for the birth of her first child Coco with her partner, Dear Green Place actor Paul Blair. There will be no eighth season, but Steele returned for the last ever episode, a two-hour special, which was shown on 30 December 2012. She openly admitted to crying throughout the special's six-week filming period.
In 2011, Agatha Christie Theatre Company's national tour of the 1958 play Verdict starred Steele playing the part of Lisa Koletzky. In May 2012 she returned to the stage for the UK tour of Noël Coward's Volcano as Melissa Littleton and which transferred to the West End in August.
Steele appeared in the BBC Crime Drama Case Histories which aired in June 2013, playing the part of Charlotte McGill.
In 2014 she appeared in the stage show of the Peter James novel, The Perfect Murder, playing the character Joan Smiley.
In October 2015 Steele joined the cast of the BBC1 Scotland Drama River City playing Dr. Annie Jandhu, now Murdoch. Steele quit River City in 2018 stating that the commute from her home in Kent had become too much. Her final scenes aired on Tuesday 10 April 2018.
On 19 September 2018, it was announced that Steele had joined the cast of BBC medical drama Holby City in the role of consultant general surgeon Ange Godard. She made her first appearance in the show's twenty-first series, broadcast in January 2019.
- 1994 - 1998 Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, BA Dramatic Studies (Hons)
- 1998 - Graduated First Class Honours
- 1998 - Winner of Silver Medal RSAMD
|1999||Highlander: The Raven||Brynn||Episode 21: "War and Peace"|
|1999||The Debt Collector||Barmaid|
|1999||Split Second||Kathy Kennedy|
|1999||Gregory's Two Girls||Jan|
|2000–2004||Monarch of the Glen||Lexie MacDonald||Series regular; also credited as Lexie McTavish|
|2000||Tinsel Town||Teresa Mullen||Series regular|
|2002||Club Le Monde||Jacqui||Independent film|
|2002||Snoddy||Laura Bonney||Four episodes|
|2003||The Key||Mary||Three episodes|
|2005−2006||Sea of Souls||Justine McManus||Series regular|
|2007||True Dare Kiss||Tanya||Two episodes|
|2009−2012||Wild at Heart||Alice Collins||Series regular; also credited as Alice Trevanion|
|2013||Case Histories||Charlotte McGill||Two episodes|
|2015||The Treehouse||Mum||Short film|
|2016−2018||River City||Annie Jandhu||Series regular; also credited as Annie Murdoch|
|2017||Liar||Catherine McAulay||One episode|
|2019−||Holby City||Ange Godard||Series regular|
|The Perfect Murder||Joan Smiley||Ian Talbot|
|Volcano||Melissa Littleton||Roy Marsden||Thelma Holt & Bill Kenwright|
|Verdict||Lisa Koletsky||Joe Harmston||Bill Kenwright Ltd|
|Blackbird||Una||David Grindley||MJE Productions|
|Tutti Frutti||Suzi Kettles||Tony Cownie||National Theatre of Scotland|
|HOME Edinburgh||Anthony Neilson||National Theatre of Scotland|
|The Slab Boys||Bernadette||Philip Howard||Traverse, Edinburgh|
|Rainbow Kiss||Shazza||Richard Wilson||Royal Court Theatre|
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- "Press Office - Monarch Of The Glen Dawn Steele". BBC. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "20 Questions With ... Dawn Steele - - Interviews". Whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Press Office - Sea Of Souls series three Dawn Steele". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Alistair Smith (12 April 2006). "The Stage / Reviews / Rainbow Kiss". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Scotland on Sunday - Scotsman.com". Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Scotland on Sunday - Scotsman.com". Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Dawn Steele On Her Role As A Panto Witch". Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "TV star Dawn Steele on heading back to South Africa for safari drama". Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "dawn-steele-guest-hostess-of-emthe-hourem". November 2012.
- "'My baby was a real drama', says Wild At Heart actress Dawn as she was forced to abandon filming to give birth". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "Case Histories". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- Hughes, Johnathon (19 September 2018). "Holby City casts Monarch of the Glenn star – and confirms Zosia return". Radio Times. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- Dainty, Sophie (11 December 2018). "Holby City's 20th anniversary – spoilers, returns and everything else you need to know". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 December 2018.