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Name: Jennifer Metcalfe
DOB: 4 September 1983
Birth Place: Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Claim to fame: Plays Mercedes (née McQueen, formerly Owen) in Hollyoaks
- Took part in Dancing on Ice in 2011
- Co-owned The Closet, a clothes rental Boutique alongside co-stars Claire cooper and Leah Hackett
- Worked as a fitness instructor in-between acting jobs
- Has won numerous awards for her performance as Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks
Jennifer Metcalfe started the acting game early, attending the Scala Kids drama school from the age of 12. She cleverly decided to pursue a back-up career in case her passion for acting didn’t get her far and went on to complete a degree in Health and Fitness.
After having small parts in children’s TV shows such as My Parents Are Aliens, she moved onto programmes such as Where The Heart Is and Emmerdale. In-between acting jobs, she kept herself busy and worked as a fitness instructor.
She joined the cast of Hollyoaks in 2006, when she landed the role of hard-as-nails Mercedes McQueen. She’s three times been nominated for a Sexiest Female award at various soap award ceremonies. She was also given a nod for TV Soap Personality at the TRIC Awards in 2011, ultimately losing out to Eastenders’ Jessie Wallace.
In 2011, she competed in the sixth series of Dancing on Ice and was eliminated third. Though she didn’t walk away a winner did take home a boyfriend – dancing partner Sylvain Longchambon.