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Kacey Ainsworth
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Born (1968-10-19) 19 October 1968 (age 50)
Ware, Hertfordshire, England.
Years active1995–present

Kacey Ainsworth (born 19 October 1968) is an English actress, best known for playing the long-suffering Little Mo in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2000–2006), for which she won the 2002 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress, and twice won the British Soap Award for Best Actress (2002–03).

Her other television roles include the BBC drama HolbyBlue (2007–2008) and the ITV drama Grantchester (2014–present).


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 TV and filmography
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

She attended Westfield Junior School in Hoddesdon and the all-girls Presdales School in Ware, Hertfordshire. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 1991-1994.


Kacey Ainsworth, is the only[citation needed] soap actress who has won three Soap Actress awards in one single year in 2002. She won these awards at the British Soap Awards, Inside Soap Awards, TV Quick and Choice Awards and at the National Television Awards, all held in 2002.[citation needed] She made her final appearance in EastEnders in May 2006.

Ainsworth has also appeared in other TV productions such as the now defunct long-running ITV police drama The Bill and detective serial A Touch of Frost. In 2005 it was rumoured that Ainsworth would be appearing in three episodes of the American television drama Desperate Housewives,[1] but this was later proved to be a practical joke spread by her EastEnders co-star Shane Richie. Kacey also starred in Famous and Fearless on Channel 4.

She recently appeared as Peter Pan at the Children's Party at the Palace in 2006, and as Auntie Lou, in "Carrie's War" in London's West End, summer 2009.

In February 2007, Ainsworth appeared in an episode of Hotel Babylon as a hard-nosed tabloid editor. As of 2013, she is appearing in the comedy series The Wright Way starring David Haig.

She starred in HolbyBlue as Inspector Jenny Black with Footballers' Wives star, Zöe Lucker for the BBC, appearing from the start of the first season to the eighth episode of the second season, where the character was written out to have a baby. This was supposed to be temporary, but with the cancellation of the programme, this was Kacey's last appearance.

Kacey has also contributed to the "Bedtime stories" strand on the CBeebies channel reading stories including "Tell me something happy before I go to sleep" and "Polly Jean, pyjama queen."

Before her appearances on television shows, she made her first ever appearance in 1998 on a commercial for Rover Mini cars, in which as a contestant named "Helen from Maidstone" she had to guess by looking at the sizes of different men's genitalia what car they own.[2] It was later banned by the ASA despite the fact the men's penises were never shown to the viewer and Ainsworth was actually looking into a camera and nothing else during each shot.

At the age of seven, Ainsworth auditioned for - and performed in - the West End production of the musical Annie. In an interview in 2000, she recounted that she had been "[forgotten] about" at Saturday morning drama classes, and that during the audition she had "had no fear at all." She reflected that the judges were seeking "kids who looked like real kids, bovver-booty London kids." [3]

On 29 March 2014, Ainsworth appeared in Casualty as DS Annie Reardon.[4]

TV and filmography[edit]

  • Loose Women (2017–2018) – Herself - guest panellist (3 episodes)
  • The Worst Witch (2017–present) – Miss Gullet
  • Call the Midwife (2014) – Nancy
  • Grantchester (2014–present) – Cathy Keating
  • Casualty (2014) – DS Annie Reardon
  • Midsomer Murders (2011) – Nikki Rowntree
  • Tracy Beaker Returns (2011) – Xanthe
  • MI High (2011) – Margaret Fontana
  • Rock & Chips (2010) – Edna
  • HolbyBlue (2007–2008) – Inspector Jenny Black
  • Hotel Babylon (2007) – Maria Henson
  • Girl from Rio (2001) – Sales Assistant
  • EastEnders (2000–2006) – Maureen 'Little Mo' Mitchell (née Slater)
  • Topsy-Turvy (1999) – Miss Dorothea Fitzherbert
  • The Bill (1997) – Jessica Sheritan
  • Where the Heart Is (1997) – Tracey
  • A Touch of Frost (1996) – Carole Nash
  • Peak Practice (1995) – Julia


  • British Soap Awards – Best Actress (2002–03)
  • National Television Awards – Most Popular Actress (2002)
  • Inside Soap Awards – Best Actress (2002)
  • TV Quick and Choice Awards – Best Soap Actress (2003)