Lisa Maxwell is an English actress who was born in November 1963, in the Elephant and Castle area of London, England. Lisa always had in her heart to be an actress, her mother encouraged her by enrolling her in drama classes on weekends. She trained at the Italia Conti School.

At age 11 she starred in the theatre production of Annie in London. In 1974 she starred in BBC's Ballet shoes. In the early 80's she beat over 3000 contenders to become the co-presenter of youth programme No Limits. Following this she had a stint of being a children's presenter in Splash. In 1981 she participated in BBC TV's A Song for Europe, as a member of the group Unity. She finished in last place with the song For Only a Day.

Her first role was in Remembrance (1982), and in the same year she voiced Kira in the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. In the early 90's Lisa got her own weekly entertainment series the Lisa Maxwell Show on BBC television in 1991. After this short lived series, in 1993, Lisa went to America. She was picked to play Daphne in Frasier, but she had some problems with the script and missed out. While in the US she appeared in numerous series including Acapulco H.E.A.T. and Murder She Wrote.

Then when she came back to England she appeared in Boogie Nights alongside Shane Richie who starred in and wrote it. During this she also appeared in BBC series In Deep 2001.She has played Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon in the ITV1 police drama/soap The Bill since 2002, but has recently quit the show due to stress which regrettably caused her to suffer two miscarriages within 4 months early in 2009.

Lisa is engaged to Paul Jessup (a sculptor/interior designer). She has a little girl called Beau who was born in 1999.


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