Louisa Lytton

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Louisa Lytton
Louisa Claire Lytton

(1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 30)
Camden, London, England
Years active1997–present

Louisa Claire Lytton (born 7 February 1989) is an English actress and dancer. She is known for her television roles as Ruby Allen in EastEnders (2005–06, 2018–), and PC Beth Green in The Bill (2007–09). She also finished fourth in series 4 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 and represented the UK at the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, finishing ninth. Her theatre credits include playing Betty Rizzo in the 2017 UK touring production of the musical Grease.



Lytton made her first appearance in EastEnders on 18 March 2005, playing Johnny Allen's daughter Ruby Allen. Weeks after winning the "Sexiest Female" award at the British Soap Awards. In July 2006 it was announced that Lytton would be leaving EastEnders in November 2006. On the exit of her character, Lytton had commented:[1][2] "I've really enjoyed my time at EastEnders. It has been a great experience which I will never forget but I am now looking forward to trying new things and not getting typecast."

Lytton's final scenes were broadcast in November 2006. On 1 December 2006, Lytton appeared on the ITV1 show Loose Women and confirmed that leaving EastEnders was not her decision. In August 2008 she stated she would like to return to EastEnders once she had left The Bill.

On 18 July 2018, Lytton was announced to be reprising her role as Ruby Allen, and she returned later that year.[3]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In late 2006, Lytton took part in the fourth series of the popular BBC One reality television programme Strictly Come Dancing. Aged 17 at the time, she is the youngest contestant to have appeared on the show. Louisa's professional dance partner was Vincent Simone. After several impressive performances she was eliminated in the quarter-finals, finishing in fourth place out of fourteen, losing out to Emma Bunton in the viewer vote for a place in the last three. Despite this, Lytton appeared in the Christmas Special on Christmas Day with fellow contestants Mark Ramprakash, Matt Dawson and Emma Bunton, along with 2005's finalists Zoë Ball and Colin Jackson. This show was won by Jackson. Below is a scoring recap from start to finish.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
2 Quickstep / Don't Get Me Wrong 7 8 6 7 28 Safe
3 Jive / Smiley Faces 8 9 9 10 36 Safe
4 Foxtrot / Piece of My Heart 7 5 6 8 26 Safe
5 Salsa / Bailamos 6 8 7 8 29 Safe
6 Samba / Rhythm of the Night 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
7 Tango / Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
8 Paso Doble / Left Outside Alone 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
9 Viennese Waltz / That's Amore
Cha-Cha-Cha / Rescue Me
10 American Smooth / Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me
Rumba / (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

Lytton began touring with 'Strictly' on 18 January 2008 with ex-EastEnders co-stars, Letitia Dean and Matt Di Angelo, and ended the tour with 11 wins under her belt. Along with her EastEnders co-star Christopher Parker, Louisa was vocal in her criticism of the media treatment of John Sergeant, which led to him resigning from the 2008 series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. She said she was surprised that Arlene Philips was removed a judge from the next series of Strictly Come Dancing due to her age, she is to be replaced by former contestant and 2007 winner Alesha Dixon.

Strictly on Tour 2008[edit]

She was one of the former Strictly Come Dancing participants to be asked to return for Strictly on Tour which took place in early 2008 and toured the country. She was asked to return due to her personality and popularity with the audience on Strictly Come Dancing. “I absolutely loved taking part in Strictly Come Dancing and jumped at the chance to take part in the live show, and thanks to my bosses at The Bill I've got the chance to get back out there and this time, fingers crossed, win it for the girls!". She won numerous times. She appeared on BBC Breakfast for a second time in January 2008 and a third time in September 2008.

Children in Need: Strictly Special 2019[edit]

In October 2019, it was confirmed that Lytton would return to Strictly Come Dancing for a Children in Need special with EastEnders co-stars Maisie Smith, Rudolf Walker and Ricky Champ. It was announced that she would be partnered with Gorka Márquez. On an Instagram post, Lytton revealed that she had remembered nothing about dancing from when she took part in the show, 13 years previously.

The Bill[edit]

On 16 May 2007, Lytton first appeared in the ITV1 police drama The Bill as PC Beth Green. She had previously appeared as a different character in a 1997 episode, coincidentally starring alongside actor Billy Murray, who previously played her father in EastEnders. She left the show in March 2009.

Other work/appearances[edit]

Lytton was Emma Watson's double in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.[4][5]

Between leaving EastEnders and joining The Bill she made an appearance on the CBBC show Hider in the House as herself. She has appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show to promote her role in The Bill. She also appeared on Big Brother's Little Brother with Dermot O'Leary. On 26 June 2007 she made a second appearance on lunchtime show Loose Women, this time promoting her addition to the cast of The Bill. She also briefly appeared in Emma Bunton's video for her single "Downtown" for Children in Need. She has been on the TV show This Morning twice.

On 27 August 2007, Lytton appeared on BBC's Test The Nation and was the top "Celebrity" participant.

She attends numerous charity events and movie premieres throughout the year such as "Children's Champions" in 2007 and 2009 and the "Legends Ball" in 2008.

She was a member of the audience on Happy Birthday Brucie which celebrated TV presenter Bruce Forsyth's 80th birthday in 2008.

Louisa Lytton was chosen as one half of the United Kingdom's entry for the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, finishing 9th out of 14 countries.

She appeared on GMTV for a third time in March 2009 as well as Loose Women for a third time.

She played Imogen in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love. The seventh instalment from the franchise was released straight to DVD in December 2009.

On 13 July 2009 Lytton went on GMTV to talk about her roles in the Shakespearean plays Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This interview was conducted with Lorraine Kelly on her segment of the show.

She appeared in FHM December 2009 issue. She gave an interview along with provocative pictures of herself in her bra and panties and lingerie.

On 12 June 2010 she was a guest star on Casualty on BBC1, on which she played goth girl Grace Fielding.

In 2012 she was in the film The Knot (2012 film) where she played Stephanie. She was also in Payback Season where she played Keisha.

In February 2012, she attended the press night for magician Hans Klok's show The Houdini Experience at The Peacock Theatre in London. While there, she was invited up on stage by Klok, who then sawed her in half in his Clearly Impossible illusion. In September 2012, she was in the stage show A Broken Rose, playing the lead character Maria.

In 2013 she was in Young High and Dead, in which she played a character called Jenny.

Since 2014, she has been playing Michelle in the ITV sitcom series Edge of Heaven.

In 2015 she was in a music video for ILL BLU – Give Me ft. Kahlia Bakosi. In 2015, Louisa was guest appearing in the episode Murdoch Mysteries barenaked ladies as Ginny Beasley

In 2016, Lytton took part in the third series of The Jump. She became the first celebrity to be eliminated on 31 January.

She is also in an Independent film called Fractured as Alva to released in 2016.

She is also in a film called Nowhere released in 2016.

Theatre work[edit]

In 2001, Lytton was in a musical production of Les Misérables, and played the leading role in the musical, Annie.

Lytton performed in the Peter Pan Pantomime at the Milton Keynes Theatre in 2008, and again at the Deco Theatre, Northampton in 2009. Also in 2009, she joined the British Shakespeare Company to tour the UK and Prague, playing Cobweb (a fairy) in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. Her other theatre credits include playing Debs in the Boogie Nights UK tour (Jan – April 2013), Princess Aurora in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at the Hazlitt Theatre (2017), and Betty Rizzo in a UK tour of the musical Grease (2017–18).

Personal life[edit]

Born in Camden, Lytton attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, London. She is close friends with her EastEnders co-stars Brooke Kinsella (Kelly Taylor), Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater) and Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks). She is also friends with singer and Strictly Come Dancing rival Emma Bunton.[6] She is of Italian descent on her mother's side and her first cousin once removed is Lisa Maffia of So Solid fame. She is also an Arsenal fan.

When she was younger, she dated singer Aston Merrygold.[7] She is currently engaged to Ben Bhanvra.[8] In February 2011, she received a 14 month driving ban and fined £350 after being arrested for drunk driving the previous month.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Disappeared Stacy Short film
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Imogen Direct-to-video
2012 Payback Season Keisha
2012 The Knot Stephanie
2013 Young, High and Dead Jenny
2016 Fractured Alva


Year Title Role Notes
1997, 2007–2009 The Bill Natelie Shepherd, PC Beth Green 153 episodes
1999 Let Them Eat Cake Little Girl Episode: "The Marriage of Convenience"
2005–2006, 2018– EastEnders Ruby Allen Series regular
2006 Strictly Come Dancing Herself Series 4
2010 The Door Herself
2010 Identity Lucy Fox Episode: "Tomorrow"
2010 Casualty Grace Fielding Episode: "Inconvenient Truths"
2014 Edge of Heaven Michelle 6 episodes
2015 Murdoch Mysteries Ginny Beasley Episode: "Barenaked Ladies"
2016 The Jump Herself Series 3
2018 On Order and Away Dizzy Episode: “Salad Dressing”


  1. ^ "EastEnders' Ruby leaving the show". CBBC Newsround. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2006.
  2. ^ Nathan, Sara (8 July 2006). "Enders star goes for Ruby". The Sun. London. Retrieved 15 December 2006.
  3. ^ BBC EastEnders on Twitter: "NEWS: #EastEnders will be welcoming back Louisa Lytton when she reprises her role as Ruby Allen later this year! Check out our Facebook page to get...
  4. ^ "Louisa Lytton—Filmography by type". Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ "Louisa Lytton". EastEnders cast profile. BBC.
  6. ^ Louisa Lytton – Biography
  7. ^ Bletchly, Rachael (5 March 2014). "Louisa Lytton: Hollywood auditions are like speed-dating sessions but I'm so happy to be single – 3am & Mirror Online". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ "EastEnders star Louisa Lytton engaged to boyfriend Ben Bhanvra and burst into tears when he proposed". Metro. 20 May 2019.

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