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ALRA graduate Tanya Franks is an actress, writer and producer (founder of Stock-pot Productions), who is most known for television, having starred in several British productions including:

  • Family Affairs
  • The Bill
  • Pulling
  • EastEnders (as Rainie Cross)
  • Broadchurch (as Lucy Stevens)

She returned to EastEnders in 2011 as a regular, but later departed and made a surprise return to the show in 2014.

Tanya has been working in theatre for 14 years in both the UK and abroad. Some of her work includes the title role in Tess at The Kings Head Theatre in London in 1989, and Sylv in Steven Berkoff's 25th Anniversary production of East at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End and on tour.

In 2005 and 2006, she was a guest in an episode of BBC One’s medical serial-drama Holby City and in an episode of Doctors.

She gained a BAFTA nomination for best comedy series and won The South Bank Show award for Best Comedy In The British Comedy Awards (2009) for her role in the BBC Three comedy series Pulling.

Her other notable theatre roles include leading roles at:

  • The Royal National Theatre in "Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads" by Roy Williams in 2004
  • The Black Album by Hanif Kureishi in 2009
  • The premier run of Really Old, Like Forty Five in 2010

Tanya's film career includes The Magnificent Eleven, We Still Steal The Old Way and Aux (the last two are soon to be released) as well Oliver Award nominated film The Truth.

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