Leah Bracknell Biography
Alison Rosalind Bracknell was an English actress known. She professionally as Leah Bracknell, was an English actress, known for her role as Zoe Tate in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale (1989—2005), for which she was nominated for the 2002 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and won the 2006 British Soap Award for Best Exit. She was also a qualified teacher with the British School of Yoga and designed and produced her own line of jewelry.
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So Sad 2 Hear That #LeahBracknell Has Lost Her Fight With Cancer,At The Tender Young Age Of 55.Thoughts & Prays Go Out 2 Her Family & Friends At This Sad Time.
Smiling Right Until The End.
Good Night ❣️ God Bless#Emmerdale @LeahBracknell #GoneTooSoon pic.twitter.com/LssoDzglHB
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Leah Bracknell Quick Bio
Alison Rosalind Bracknell
12 July 1964
|Died||16 Oct 2019 (aged 55)
|Alma mater||Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art|
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Leah Bracknell Early life
Bracknell was the daughter of English television director David Ian Bracknell (1932–1987) and Chinese-Malaysian actress Li-Er Hwang. Her parents met while filming The World of Suzie Wong in Hong Kong in 1959. David was an assistant director and Li-Er played the part of “Wednesday Lu” in the film. The adopted name “Leah” is an anglicization of her mother’s name “Li-Er”. Bracknell grew up in London and Oxford and spent a year in New Zealand and Fiji.
Leah Bracknell Career
— Andy Gibson of AndyGibsonTV.com (@AndyGibsonTV) October 16, 2019
Bracknell first appeared on the TV series The Chiffy Kids in 1976, which was directed by her father, David. After leaving Emmerdale, she returned to the theatre and appeared as Mrs Manningham in “Gaslight” and “Strangers on a Train”. In 2008, she joined the touring Theatreworks production of Turn of the Screw to play the lead role, that of the governess. She also appeared in the TV dramas Judge John Deed, Casualty 1907 and in the daytime soap Doctors. In June 2007, she joined the cast of ITV1 daytime soap The Royal Today as Matron Jenny Carrington.
Leah Bracknell Emmerdale
After attending the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art within two years of leaving she was cast in the ITV1 soap opera, Emmerdale playing the role of vet and land owner, Zoe Tate. She appeared in the programme for 16 years (with breaks, including two spells of maternity leave) until leaving the series in 2005. She was initially only due to leave for nine months but did not return. The character was the first lesbian on a British soap and at the time was one of the longest-featured gay characters on television.
Bracknell won the ‘Best Exit’ award at the British Soap Awards in May 2006 for her exit from the role of Zoe Tate, she was part of the scene, which was nominated for “Spectacular Scene of the Year”. In 2002, she was nominated for ‘Most Popular Actress’ at the National Television Awards and “Best Dramatic Performance” at the British Soap Awards.
Leah Bracknell Personal life
She had two children and lived in Worthing, Sussex in the final years of her life. She taught meditation and yoga after leaving Emmerdale.
I have a lot of love for Leah Bracknell and Zoe Tate. She was the first lesbian I saw on TV growing up, I didn’t know a thing about mental health until she was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and blowing up Home Farm was glorious. Never underestimate soaps and their actors.
— SHANE (@shane_reaction_) October 16, 2019
Leah Bracknell Health Issues, Lung Cancer
In October 2016, Bracknell revealed that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal lung cancer. A fundraising appeal to pay for experimental treatment in Germany hit its target of £50,000 within three days. Bracknell made appearances on This Morning and Loose Women where she talked about her cancer and her determination to fight it. In August 2019, Bracknell revealed that she was on an immunotherapy clinical trial. Bracknell died in October 2019 at the age of 55.
Leah Bracknell Filmography
- The Chiffy Kids (1976)
- Emmerdale as Zoe Tate (1989–2005)
- Judge John Deed
- Casualty 1907
- The Royal Today as Matron Jenny Carrington (2008)
Leah Bracknell Death
Leah has died three years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
The ex-soap actress, 55, who starred in the Yorkshire Dales show for 16 years from 1989 to 2005, died in September surrounded by family, her manager has said.
Tributes have begun to pour in from across the industry as her friends and former co-stars, including Sally Ann Matthews and Lisa Riley, shared their condolences.
— R Melville Dawson (@rmelvilledawson) October 16, 2019
Facebook, Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Leah Bracknell has died three years after being diagnosed with lung cancer
- Her manager said the much-loved soap star passed away in September
- The actress, 55, played Zoe Tate in the Yorkshire Dales ITV series for 16 years
- Fans helped her raise more than £50,000 to undergo a groundbreaking treatment
- Bracknell lived two years longer than doctors predicted following her diagnosis
- She inspired a legion of fans with her moving blog: Something Beginning With C
- In March, while undergoing treatment, she married longtime partner Jez Hughes