Five things you might not know about WDYTYA? star Lisa Hammond

By Rosemary Collins, 5 September 2017 - 11:22am

EastEnders actress Lisa Hammond traces her family history on WDYTYA? on Thursday 7 September 2017. Here’s five things you might not know about the star…


Lisa is a lifelong EastEnder both onscreen and off

Lisa Hammond got her start in Grange Hill and went on to act in theatre, film and TV, most recently playing Donna Yates on EastEnders.

Now, she traces her family history on Who Do You Think You Are?, from her grandfather's wartime service to an unexpected connection to Wales.

Here’s five things you might not know about the star…
 

1. Teenage drama

Lisa wanted to be a lawyer until children’s drama Grange Hill held auditions in her school when she was 13, leading to her winning a part on the show.

“After three years,” she explained, “ I realized that I had to carry on acting for the rest of my life.”
 

2. Screen success

Lisa has also starred on TV programmes including Bleak House, Psychoville and Vera.
 

3. Curtain up

Lisa also helped devise and tour No Idea as a member of Improbable, a theatre company.

She and co-star Rachael Spence had no idea what to write, so they asked people on the street what type of play they should write and what parts they should play, and turned the results into the theatre production.
 

4. Albert Square

In 2014 Lisa was cast as Donna Yates in EastEnders, making her only the second disabled actor to appear in the programme.
 

5. City girl

In Who Do You Think You Are?, Lisa is surprised to discover she has rural ancestry. She’s a lifelong Londoner and once revealed in an interview that if she didn’t live in London, she’d love to move to New York.

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