Ellie Dadd — things you didn't know about the EastEnders star

Amy Mitchell smiling as she opens the door to Denzel Danes
Ellie Dadd is well known for playing teenager Amy Mitchell in EastEnders. (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

Ellie Dadd shot to fame after landing the role of EastEnders teen Amy Mitchell, the daughter of Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) and soap legend Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons).

After taking over the role from Abbie Burke in 2022, she's proved to be a budding young actress and has been at the forefront of some major storylines, including her struggles with mental health, bullying, difficult family life and being in a relationship with Denzel Danes (Jaden Ladega).

During her challenging mental health storyline, Amy's late mum Roxy returned to the soap as a figment of her imagination. Roxy spoke to her struggling daughter as Amy grieved her mum's tragic death during a family therapy session.

But what else is there to know about the young soap star? From starring in a huge BBC show to her real age, here is everything you need to know about Ellie...

Jack Branning encourages Amy Mitchell to open up

Amy Mitchell and her dad Jack Branning. (Image credit: BBC)

Ellie Dadd was in Silent Witness

Before landing the role of Amy Mitchell in EastEnders, Ellie starred in the popular BBC crime drama series Silent Witness playing Cat Shaw in season 23.

Her Silent Witness character had a turbulent life and the episode saw them investigate her mum Jenny's (Zoë Harrison) death who was found on some train tracks.

Ellie Dadd as Cat Shaw in Silent Witness.

Ellie Dadd as Cat Shaw in Silent Witness. (Image credit: BBC)

She is close to her EastEnders co-stars

Away from all of the drama of the Square, Ellie is close to her soap co-stars and is often photographed hanging out with the cast backstage. 

She reportedly has a close friendship with Bobby Brazier, who plays the role of Freddie Slater in the soap as well as lots of the other young cast members. 

She is a musical star

Not only is Ellie a star in soapland, but she's also a star on stage as she previously performed in Matilda The Musical as Amanda Thripp — who is famously known for being spun around by her long blonde pigtails by evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull in the film.

She made her professional acting debut in a short film

Ellie was just 8 years old when she starred as Sophia in the short film Lipstick in 2013. The 9-minute film follows young siblings Sophia and Oliver (Thomas Selway) who love playing at their grandma's house.

However, they quickly stop their games when they notice that their grandma isn't moving, forcing them to deal with death for the first time on their own while they wait for their mum to show up.

She is older than her EastEnders alter-ego

Ellie is actually older than her EastEnders character Amy Mitchell, who is 14 years old in the soap. In real life, Ellie is 18 years old, making her four years older than the Walford teen.

Amy Mitchell has a secret

Ellie is older than Amy Mitchell in real life. (Image credit: BBC)

Ellie Dadd's fact file

Frequently asked questions about the star...

How old is Ellie Dadd?

Ellie Dadd is 19 years old.

What is Ellie Dadd's date of birth?

Ellie Dadd was born on 15th March, 2005.

Where was Ellie Dadd born?

Ellie Dadd was born in Bromley, Kent.

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Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace was a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.