Shelley Conn

Shelley Deborah Conn (born 21 September 1976) is an English actress.

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Shelley Conn on the set of Heartbeat in 2016
Shelley Deborah Conn

(1976-09-21) 21 September 1976 (age 44)
Years active2000–present
(m. 2011)

Early life and educationEdit

Conn was born in Barnet in north London to Anglo-Indian parents. She is of mixed heritage, which includes Portuguese, Burmese and Indian.[1][2] She attended Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[3] Conn trained at Bretton Hall. She was a student at Cranbourne School in Basingstoke.


After drama school, Conn had a series of small roles in various British films, before coming to prominence when she starred as Ashika Chandiramani in the BBC series Party Animals.

In 2001, she picked up the role of PC Miriam Da Silva in BBC1's Mersey Beat and an irregularly recurring role in Casualty.

In 2002, Conn made her West End theatre stage debut in three plays in December 2002, after transferring from Stratford-upon-Avon in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Jacobean Season at the Gielgud TheatreThe Island Princess, Eastward Ho! and The Roman Actor.

Conn has now developed her roles between all three media (television, film and theatre), with a series of leading roles in various small budget European as well as British films; BBC character dramas such as The Innocence Project; and occasional returns to the RSC.

Conn joined Series Five of the popular BBC One series Down to Earth in 2004.

In early 2008, Conn starred as Miranda Hill in The Palace, as Jessica in Mistresses and as Neela Sahjani in Trial & Retribution.

In 2008 she appeared as Claire in Dead Set.

In 2010 she played Danni Prendiville in the TV series Strike Back.

She was chosen by Steven Spielberg to be one of the leads in the $150 million TV series Terra Nova, which premiered on 26 September 2011.[4]

In 2014, Conn appeared in a US TV series called The Lottery.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Conn lives in London. She ran in the 2006 London Marathon.[6]

Conn married her boyfriend of over a decade, actor Jonathan Kerrigan, in late 2011, a few months before the April 2012 birth of their son, Oscar.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Last Musketeer Uzma
2000 City Central Naz
2000 Maybe Baby Nurse 2
2000 Attachments Carrie Knowles
2000 Down to Earth Kerry Jamil Series 5
2000—2002 Casualty Daljit Ramanee 3 episodes
2001 Hawk Sharim Raziq
2001 Mersey Beat PC Miriam Da Silva
2002 Man and Boy Jasmin
2002 Possession Candi
2003 Second Generation Amba
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Princess Pondichéry
2005 Transit Asha
2006 L' Entente cordiale Punam
2006 Nina's Heavenly Delights Nina Shah
2006 The Innocence Project Dr Eve Walker
2007 Party Animals Ashika Chandiramani
2008—2010 Mistresses Jessica Fraser
2008 The Palace Miranda Hill
2008 Trial & Retribution Neela
2008 Raw RTÉ Television, Tanya
2008 Dead Set Claire
2010 Marchlands Nisha
2010 How Do You Know Terry
2010 Strike Back Danni Prendiville
2011 Terra Nova Elisabeth Shannon 13 episodes
2012 Silent Witness DI Connie James 2 episodes
2013 Heading Out Eve
2013 By Any Means Jessica Jones
2014 The Lottery Gabrielle Westwood
2014 24: Live Another Day Chief Inspector Helen McCarthy 1 episode
2015 W1A News Anchor 1 episode
2016 Heartbeat Millicent Patel
2017 Back Annie
2017—2020 Liar DI Vanessa Harmon 12 episodes
2019 Death in Paradise Marina Shepherd Episode 8x02
2019 The Rook Shelley Conn 4 episodes
2020 Love Sarah Isabella
2020 The Deceived Ruth
2021 Bridgerton Lady Mary Sharma


  1. ^ Hahn, Katie (9 September 2011). "'Terra Nova' next stop on Conn's acting journey". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "What Shelley Conn has to say about QMC". Destination Basingstoke. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  4. ^ Adams, Guy (1 October 2010). "Spielberg picks new leading lady from wards of 'Casualty'". The Independent. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Lincolnshire actor Jonathan Kerrigan to star in BBC drama starting tonight". Lincolnshire Echo. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Flora London Marathon 2006 – 07 Celebrities and Politicians – Celebrities Running in 2006" (PDF). London Marathon. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ Nutkins, Kirsty (21 September 2013). "Star of Mistress and By Any Means Shelley Conn tells of her secret marriage". Daily Express. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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