Carmel Cryan

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Carmel Cryan
Born (1949-07-08) 8 July 1949 (age 71)
London, England
Years active1963–present
(m. 1970; died 1988)
Children3, including Rory Kinnear

Carmel Cryan (born 8 July 1949)[1][2] is an English actress, known for the role of Brenda Boyle in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She was the wife of the actor Roy Kinnear (1934–1988).

Life and career[edit]

Cryan was born in London. She was married to the actor Roy Kinnear[3] until his death in 1988. They had three children together, including Rory Kinnear, who is also an actor; and Kirsty, who works as a casting assistant. The couple's elder daughter, Karina (1972–2020), was quadriplegic and had learning difficulties. She died from the coronavirus.[4][5] In May 2014 Cryan was appointed as a trustee to Choice Support, a charitable trust that provides care to the disabled and those with learning disabilities.[citation needed]

In June 2008, she was cast as Brenda Boyle in EastEnders, a love interest for Charlie Slater (actor Derek Martin). She signed a six-month contract in August 2008. Cryan was written out of EastEnders in August 2009 when Brenda emigrated to Madeira with Charlie.

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1963 The Rag Trade Gloria
1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre Rose
1969 Fraud Squad
1970 Beyond Belief
1970 Catweazle Audrey
1970 Steptoe and Son Muriel
1971 The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins Vera
1972 Nearest and Dearest Sabrina Clegg
1972 Nearest and Dearest (film) Club Hostess
1972 There Was An Englishman, Irishman & A Scotsman Barmaid
1975 Within These Walls Mrs. Flower
1981 Partners Gladys
1986 The Whistle Blower Frank's Secretary
1989 Ever Decreasing Circles Nina
1991 Lovejoy
1997 Rag Nymph
2002 The Bill Mrs. Hacker
2005 Life Begins Maureen Russell
2008–09 EastEnders Brenda Boyle, 18 episodes


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Rory Kinnear: Good show, sweet prince". London Evening Standard. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  5. ^ Kinnear, Rory (12 May 2020). "My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2020.

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