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This is the earliest clip we could find. It comes after her 2003 appearance in the notorious British soap Crossroads, which had been rebooted for the naughties. It also comes after an appearance in the 2004 short film Aisha The American. Here she’s in not only Casualty, but Holby City too. Two medical dramas in one!
Two years, and a couple of guest appearances in The Bill and Silent Witness later, she popped up in a movie called Rulers and Dealers:
That same year, a certain blue box came a-calling. Although Martha Jones wouldn’t appear for another year. Freema played Adeola in Army of Ghosts:
But once Dr Jones was up and (literally) running, things started to get a lot busier. Here she is reading Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson, on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies:
And, at the other extreme, here she is narrating BBC Three’s Bizarre ER. It’s not for the squeamish:
Back to more cultural fare now, and here’s Freema playing Tattycoram in the BBC’s adaptation of Little Dorrit (the same one, wth the same subtitles, that we featured in Arthur Darvill’s Life Outside the TARDIS a while ago):
And then, after a brief appearance in the 2008 remade disaster epic Survivors (which she didn’t survive), Freema started work on Law & Order: UK, which is, of course, where she’s been ever since:
Oh apart from filming the pilot for the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. Which would be quite the gearshift, if it comes off. After all, we’re all far more used to seeing her in uniform.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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