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Anita Dobson's Biography

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Who is Anita Dobson?

Anita Dobson grew up in London's East End. Her parents were a dress-cutter and a seamstress.

In 1970, she started studying at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

The Independent carried an interesting article, which compared her background to Steven Berkoff's, who would later cast her in Kvetch.

Anita Dobson began her acting career at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, where she played a witch in Macbeth and Mariane in Moliere's Tartuffe.

She continued to appear in various stage and TV shows but it was in 1985 that she came to widespread public attention when she was cast as Angie Watts in EastEnders.

In 1986, she reached number 4 in the UK singles charts when her song Anyone Can Fall In Love sang to the EastEnders theme tune was released.

She married Queen guitarist, Brian May on 18th November 2000, after they had already been a couple for 12 years.

After EastEnders, Anita Dobson appeared in various theatre productions including Frozen at The National Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Anita Dobson has written a best-selling book entitled My East End.

In 2011, Anita appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, however she had been approached before, and in November 2010, Anita Dobson told the Daily Record:

"I don't watch much TV but I hate the whole reality TV thing. I've been asked to do Strictly a couple of times. I was on the cusp - and it's the only one I would be tempted by. At least you learn to dance and there's those beautiful dresses but I can't stand all that judgement stuff. I'd rather just learn to dance somewhere and not have to deal with the panel, they can be quite cruel."

In Strictly Come Dancing, she was partnered by Robin Windsor. They came 7th. In their last week, however, Robin was injured and Amita was partnered by Brendan Cole.

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