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Laurie Brett (born 2 May 1970 in Hamilton, Scotland) is a Scottish actress, currently known for her role as Jane Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, in which she has starred in since 2004.
She studied at the London Studio Centre. She is fluent in spanish. She has participated in various charity events.
On the Richard and Judy show, she revealed she speaks with a strong Scottish accent. However, on moving to London, she dropped the accent and can speak as a Londoner - fitting for her EastEnders role.
She has toured with Circo Magico, a travelling circus, in Mexico and Central America, played a prostitute in the London production of the musical Les Misérables (her singing and dancing skills have made her a regular in the musical theatre), starred in fringe productions and she has appeared in the UK Tour of The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta, starring alongside Jason Donovan as Frank. She has also starred in the Musical Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Brett made her television debut in London's Burning (as an office girl) in 1992. She has appeared in several television advertisements, including most notably Learn Direct Scotland commercials.
Brett has made appearances on The Bill, My Hero and Family Affairs.
She made her first appearance in EastEnders in June 2004, at which time the character was known as Jane Collins. The character was widowed within months, and in 2007 married Ian Beale.
Since appearing in EastEnders Brett has made a variety of guest appearances on British Television shows including, GMTV, This Morning, Richard and Judy show, The Paul O'Grady Show, Entertainment Today, School's Out, Saturday Kitchen and Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.
She participated in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 telethon appeals for Children in Need where she sang alongside the rest of the EastEnders cast. In the 2008 appeal, she was cast as Mary Poppins.