Jamaican born British actress Doña Croll born 29 August 1953 in Patty Hill, Hanover, Jamaica. Her parents were both preachers and at the age of 5, they relocated to the UK. She started her acting career in UK featuring in soap operas.
She is best known for her British soap opera roles as Pearl McHugh in Channel 5’s Family Affairs and more recently as Vera Corrigan in the BBC soap opera Doctors, and as Emerald Fox in the popular BBC soap opera, EastEnders.
In addition to her appearances in TV series, Croll has also played in theatre for many years. In 1991, she played the first Black Cleopatra on the British Stage in Talawa Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. In 2013, she played the role of Kate Keller with Talawa Theatre Company in their production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.
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Croll also appeared in the Doctor Who episode “New Earth”. She equally starred in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s 2003 play Elmina’s Kitchen, which premiered at the National Theatre, London, and appeared in the West End production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. In June 2007, she appeared as Mary Maudlin in Oladipo Agboluaje’s Soho Theatre play, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane.
In 2012, Croll appeared as Juanita in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of Helen Edmundson’s play The Heresy of Love. She is the voice of Leopard in the children’s television series Tinga Tinga Tales.
In 2013 she appeared as Rachel in all three episodes of the ITV drama The Ice Cream Girls. That year she also appeared in Tula: The Revolt. In that same year, she also guest starred in Dani’s Castle.
Croll is an ambassador of the cancer campaign “Be clear of cancer”.