EastEnders, Biff and Chip, and Casualty star Kellie Shirley is from Croydon.

Kellie will perform on Croydon’s Fairfield Halls’ stage this winter as the Wicked Witch in UK Production and BH Live’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Kellie is best known for playing the character of Carly Wicks in over 200 episodes of EastEnders, and to younger viewers as Mum in three series of the favourite CBBC programme Biff and Chip.

She has recently joined the BAFTA-winning Casualty as a new series regular psych nurse Sophia Peters.

Kellie began her career via The BRIT School in Croydon and made her UK screen debut in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and has appeared in feature films Wimbledon, Heidi, King of Thieves, Benediction, Bull, and the soon-to-be-released Odyssey and Blockhead.

Other television work for the BBC includes featured roles in Death in Paradise, Call The Midwife, mini-series Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Joe all Alone, and The Office Christmas Specials.

For Channel 4, her recent work includes mini-series Murder in the Carpark and True Horror and as Jean in series three of Meet the Richardson’s.

For ITV she has worked on Ridley, Lewis and Murder City.

Kellie’s favourite job to date has been playing Kirsty De La Croix opposite Bill Bailey in Sky/Starz returning comedy series In the Long Run - created and starring Idris Elba.

For theatre Kellie recently played Beverly in Mike Leigh’s iconic play: Abigail’s Party, which enjoyed a sold out run at The Park Theatre, London.

Other notable roles include the National Theatre’s State of the Nation play: Great Britain, Ophelia in Hamlet at Stafford Open-air Theatre, Luchetta in The Rover for the RSC, Nancy in Oliver Twist at the Lyric Hammersmith, Ginger in The Miracle at the National Theatre and she performed in over 700 shows as Pauline, in the critically acclaimed and much loved One Man, Two Guvnors for the National Theatre at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End.

Kellie said, “I’m thrilled to be channelling my inner Wicked Queen for Croydon’s panto this year - as a local girl, I can’t wait to be back in my old stomping ground again for Snow White.”

Joining Kellie is Jamie Steen, who will play the role of Dame Dilly Donut.

Jamie comes to Croydon after two years playing the Dame at the Pavilion Theatre.

Jamie said: “I’m over the moon to be coming to Croydon this Christmas as Dame Dilly in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

“Born and raised in South East London, I'm especially excited to be appearing at the Fairfield Halls, as it's my local theatre.

“Looking forward to coming home for Christmas and strutting my stuff and fashion sense to all the Croydonians."