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Letitia Dean's Biography

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Actress Letitia Dean was born on 14 November 1967 in Hertfordshire, England.

Like fellow EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney, Letitia Dean was a full time student at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Letitia Dean is best known for playing Sharon Watts in EastEnders. She started in EastEnders in 19 February 1985 when still a teenager and left the soap in 1995, but returned in 2001 until 2004 and again from 2005 until 2006 and the death of her character's husband Dennis Rickman played by Nigel Harman.

Before EastEnders, Letitia had the small part of Dawn in Channel 4 soap Brookside and also played Lucinda in Grange Hill.

In between her EastEnders stints, Letitia Dean acted in The Hello Girls, Casualty, Doctors, The Bill, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and Drop the Dead Donkey.

She also starred in the film about the composer Purcell, England, My England and made various stage performances both in panto and in productions such as Loot and Rattle of a Simple Man.

In Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, Letitia Dean danced with Darren Bennett.

Letitia did well and improved through the series to reach the quarter-finals but was eliminated in a dance-off with Alesha Dixon and narrowly missed being in the last 3.

In 2007, Letitia Dean was reported to have separated from her husband Jason Pethers. They had been married for five years.

In April 2008 it was announced that Letitia Dean would play drama teacher Mrs Darbus in the stage version of High School Musical at the Hammersmith Apollo in the summer.

In 2012, it was announced that Letitia Dean would be returning to EastEnders as Sharon Watts.

In July 2017, the BBC revealed that Letitia Dean earned over £150,000 from licence fee revenue in their financial year 2016/7.

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