April Janet Pearson (born 23 January 1989) is an English actress. Born and brought up in Bristol, Pearson was drawn to acting from a young age and appeared in local theatre productions as a child. She made her acting debut in 1998 at the age of nine on the British medical drama series Casualty, and earned wider recognition in her breakthrough role as impressionable teenager Michelle Richardson in the E4 teen drama series Skins (2007–2008), for which she was nominated for the Golden Nymph Award for an Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.She later made her film debut when cast in Jon Wright's comedy horror slasher film Tormented (2009). Pearson followed this with her Bristol Old Vic debut as Jemma in Catherine Johnson's Suspension (2009); the production centering around the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the nearby Avon Gorge Hotel, and as Callie in Rachel Sternberg and Jemma Wayne's Negative Space (2009), in which she received praise for both performances.Her transition to horror and independent films began with the 2016 horror film Fractured, then followed by Caught (2017), for which she garnered critical acclaim for playing Mrs. Blair, one half of the antagonistic couple. Her role of Amy in Dark Beacon (2017) earned her two Best Actress awards at American Horror and Upstate NY Horror film festivals. She followed this by her portrayal of Isla Crane in Edgar Wallace's The Case of the Frightened Lady at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, in which she received praise for her performance.
Pearson was involved in Channel 4's "Lost for Words" campaign, a season of campaigning programmes to get children reading, in which she reads aloud from Kasper in the Glitter by Philip Ridley. She's an admirer of Spanish cinema and the works of Pedro Almodóvar, while speaking highly of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series. She's based in Brighton. In 2014, Pearson founded the Laboratory Theatre Company with film director Jamie Patterson. The Laboratory Theatre is a production company dedicated to blending theatre and film. Pearson began a relationship with Patterson, after they met on the set of the Home for Christmas (2014). Pearson and Patterson were married in 2017. Since 2020, Pearson has hosted a casual celebrity interview-based podcast called Are you Michelle from Skins?; the first episode being recorded on 6 July and broadcast on Instagram. She listed her idols as including Bernadette Peters, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, and Judi Dench.
Pearson was born and raised in Bristol. She attended Colston's Girls' School in the Montpelier area of Bristol, where in 2007 she was appointed head girl, and was a member of the Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Both of her parents had previously worked in the television industry, with her father still being involved in the British medical drama series Casualty.
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Age Of Kill
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Home for Christmas
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