Who is Ackley Bridge star Poppy Lee Friar? Meet the actress who plays Missy Booth in the Channel 4 drama

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POPPY  Lee Friar has starred in countless television dramas and currently plays the lead role in Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge as Missy Booth.

The London-born actress began her career at a young age and is quickly becoming a favourite in British television. Here is a rundown of her life so far.

Poppy Lee Friar
Poppy Lee Friar is a British actress
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Who is Poppy Lee Friar?

Poppy Lee Friar is a British actress, who was born on April 16, 1995 in Southwark, London, England.

She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, which alumnis include Rita Ora, Little Mix’s Jessy Nelson, Dua Lupa and Denise Van Outen.

In 2015, the actress was nominated for the British Academy Children Awards, however, she is yet to win any accolades.

Poppy is managed by Troika agency and has a huge following on Instagram and Twitter, with more than 11,000 followers combined.

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Poppy Lee Friar plays Missy Booth in Ackley Bridge
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What shows has Poppy Lee Friar been in before?

The TV star is currently playing Missy Booth in the hugely popular school drama Ackley Bridge, alongside former EastEnders actress Jo Joyner.

Prior to working on the Channel 4 series, she was seen opposite Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.

Also, she played the lead role in the CBBC children series Eve and had parts in BBC’s In The Club and Inspector George Gently.

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Poppy Lee Friar in Channel 4’s Ackely Bridge
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Her other work include roles in A Touch of Frost, The Syndicate, Dead Gorgeous and Little Einsteins.

However, she is best known for playing Rosalie Selfridge in ITV’s Mr Selfridge, which she starred in for two years.

Poppy’s movie credentials include Lake: Placid: The Final Chapter and In My Skin

Does Poppy Lee Friar paint and sell her work online?

In short – Yes! The actress has been selling her original artwork, including a portrait of Veronica Lake and scenery paintings, on the website Esty.

But if you hope to get hold of one of her pieces you better be willing to cough up a few quid as her paintings range anywhere from £53.01 to £252.81.

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Poppy Lee Friar has starred in Mr Selfridge and The Bride
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Has Poppy Lee Friar met anyone famous?

Apart from constantly working with familiar faces in the UK, Poppy has also met a few Hollywood stars along the way too.

She once met Idina Menzel, who played Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, and the late Patrick Swayze, who starred in Dirty Dancing.


When does series three of Ackley Bridge start?

The third series of Ackley Bridge commenced on Tuesday, June 18 on Channel 4.

Episodes from season 3 will be shown on a week-to-week basis, with a total of eight episodes making up the third run.

If you happen to miss any episodes, you can always catch them again on 4 Catch Up.

Commissioning Editor Manpreet Dosanjh said: “This bold and ballsy show reflects modern Britain in all its diverse glory and does so with grit and its heart firmly in the right place.”

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