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Roxanne Pallett
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Pallett at the Star Charity Ball Manchester, 2011
Born (1982-12-26) 26 December 1982 (age 36)
Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Alma materLiverpool John Moores University
OccupationActress, singer, radio presenter
Years active2005 - present

Roxanne Pallett (born 26 December 1982) is an English actress and former broadcaster. She played Jo Sugden in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2005 to 2008, and has appeared in the horror films Lake Placid 3 (2010), Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) and Devil's Tower (2014).

Pallett has appeared in several reality TV shows including Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2005), Soapstar Superstar (2006–07), Dancing on Ice (2009), Celebrity Big Brother (2018), Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls (2018) and Celebrity Coach Trip (2019).


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Outside acting
  • 5 Filmography
    • 5.1 Film
    • 5.2 Television
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Pallett was born in Carlisle, Cumbria and brought up in Currock by her mother and grandmother. Her maternal grandfather was Italian and her father is Iranian.[citation needed]


In her last year at university, Pallett co-formed girl band 'Urban Angel, writing songs for them with producer, ex-East 17 member and Ivor Novello award winner Tony Mortimer. After landing a deal with a record label,[1] Pallett spent a year developing her music in London and co-creating a TV show. She later auditioned for several roles in Emmerdale and was offered the role of Jo Stiles.[2]

In August 2008, Pallett became the public face of the Early Warning Signs campaign for UK domestic violence charity Refuge, urging young women to look out for early signs where a partner may turn violent in a relationship.[3] During her three years on Emmerdale, she was nominated for several awards including Sexiest Female, Best Storyline, and Best Actress at The British Soap Awards, the Inside Soap Awards, and the TV Quick Awards.[1]

In November 2005, Pallett won a celebrity edition of Stars In Their Eyes as Gloria Estefan, although the programme was never transmitted. In January 2006,[4] she appeared in the ITV entertainment singing show Soapstar Superstar, finishing in fourth place and raising over £70,000 for the Eden Valley Hospice Jigsaw Appeal.[5]

While competing on Soapstar Superstar, she met her then partner, actor Richard Fleeshman. She was also named in the 2006 100 Most Sexiest Women in the World list by FHM in 2006.[6] Pallett went onto do photoshoots for rival magazines Loaded and Maxim.[6]

After leaving Emmerdale, Pallett took part in the fourth series of ITV's Dancing on Ice in 2009 with professional partner Daniel Whiston. She was voted off unanimously by the judges following a skate-off with former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon, but went onto take part in the show's spin-off Bolero Anniversary UK Tour.[7] Scheduled to play the lead role in 2009 Christmas pantomime Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, she left three weeks into the run following the death of her best friend.[8][9]

In 2010, Pallett filmed a guest role for the BBC's Casualty. She also made her professional stage debut in Rock Around The Clock,[10][1] which toured the country until September. In the same year, she also made her film debut in Lake Placid 3.[11]

In September 2010, Pallett toured with Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, opposite Nikki Sanderson and Sue Jenkins.[12]

In 2012, Pallett played a troubled 17-year old school girl, Shelby Dixon, in BBC's Waterloo Road, a role that was twelve years younger than the actress herself in real life, followed by a second guest role in Casualty as psychotic character Keeley Hyatt. She was also cast as Sarah McColl in British horror film Devil's Tower,[13][14] followed by the urban comedy It's A Lot, in November 2013. Pallett also played Janet Weiss in the 40th anniversary UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show.[15]

In 2016, Pallett began a run in the UK touring production of the eighties musical The Wedding Singer based on the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film of the same name. She starred alongside Ray Quinn and Ruth Madoc in the stage musical.[16] In April 2017, Pallett unexpectedly left the production mid-way through its run despite positive reviews.[citation needed]

In February 2018, Pallett joined local radio station Minster FM as co-host for its weekday breakfast show, after admitting that she had felt unfulfilled and undervalued as an actress for many years.[17] Pallett left the station after seven months, following her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.[18]

In August 2018, whilst participating in the twenty-second series of Celebrity Big Brother, Pallett falsely accused fellow housemate Ryan Thomas of punching her.[19] She later slept in the spare bedroom, after she claimed that she felt uncomfortable sleeping in the same room as him.[19] Following the incident, Thomas was given a formal warning, and maintained that he did it with "no malice". However, Pallett branded him a "liar", and a "woman beater".[20] She subsequently decided to leave the house in the early hours of Day 17 (1 September 2018).[19]

Two days after leaving the house, on 3 September 2018, she returned for an interview with show host Emma Willis, which was shown during that night's eviction programme, where she apologised, stating she had made a "horrible mistake" but also stated she wanted to be "forgiven" for her actions. The incident, which generated more than 25,000 viewer complaints to Ofcom,[21] was dubbed "punchgate" by some sections of the press.[22][23]

In September 2018, Pallett appeared on the third series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, which was filmed in May. She left in the first episode after the camp fire smoke reminded her of a childhood house fire and she suffered a panic attack as a result. After waking in the night in a panic, Roxanne told her camp mates: "Smoke that nearly killed my family in a house fire when I was 16, the smoke, the smell is taking me back to that time." Other misfortunes on the Island which Pallett endured was getting her leg caught in a fishing net and having to be cut free by other camp mates.[24]

In 2019, Pallett appeared on the fourth series of Celebrity Coach Trip.

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, Pallett began an online relationship with steelworker Lee Walton, after Walton contacted her on Instagram through a mutual love for Elvis Presley. They met for the first time in December 2017, and a week later, Walton asked her to move in with him, proposing to her a day after she did so.[25]

In July 2018, during a feature assignment for Minster FM with breakfast co-presenter Ben Fry, Pallett was involved in an accident whilst driving an F2 Outlaw Stock Car at Hunmanby Raceway, North Yorkshire. Pallett had driven head on into a concrete wall on the first bend at high speed, and had to be cut free from the mangled wreckage by firefighters which took two hours. She was then airlifted to hospital by air ambulance with two sprained wrists, severe bruising and concussion.[26]

Outside acting[edit]

In 2007, Rosa Roxanne Pallett, a deep red hybrid rose, was named after Pallett and launched at the 2007 Southport Flower Show by Cheshire-based grower C&K Jones.[27]



Year Film Role Notes
2010 Lake Placid 3 April
2013 It's A Lot Louise
2014 Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Jillian
2014 Devil's Tower Sarah MacColl
2014 Crystal Skulls Melaine Cox TV movie
2015 The Violators Carla
2017 Habit Alex
2018 Recoil Suzie Short


Year Title Role Notes
2005–2008 Emmerdale Jo Sugden / Jo Stiles 145 episodes
2010, 2012 Casualty Leanne Greening
Keeley Hyatt
Episode: "The Enemy Within"
Episode: "Appropriate Force"
2011 Generator Rex Voice role
Episode: "Riddle of the Sphinx"
2012 Waterloo Road Shelby Dixon Episode: "Episode #7.28"
2012 Crime Stories Linda Brooks Episode: "Episode #1.9"
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Herself Walked on day 17
Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls Walked on day 5
2019 Celebrity Coach Trip Partnered with George Sampson