Melissa Holly Suffield (born 24 December 1992)[4] is an English actress from London, best known for her role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as Lucy Beale. Her first appearance on the show was 28 October 2004[5] and her last on 27 August 2010.


Suffield's first professional acting role was in a 2003 episode of the children's series Magic Grandad, entitled Toys: in 1953. She was featured in an advertisement for 'Master Storyteller, Magic Grandad', 1 episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot (Five Little Pigs)[5] and in two episodes of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She is a voice for one of the children in CBeebies toddler's programme Boo! She appeared on The Friday Night Project in 2005.


Suffield is best known for her appearance in television soap EastEnders, where she played Lucy Beale, daughter of Ian Beale, a long-standing character. She also appeared in the 2010 spin-off series EastEnders: E20 as Lucy.

Suffield helped raise money for Children in Need in 2007 by appearing in a special Beatles medley featuring cast from EastEnders and in Children in Need 2008 doing a West End when Melissa appeared Mary Poppins. She also appeared in a Motown medley for Children in Need 2009.[6]

In May 2010 it was announced that Suffield had been axed from EastEnders after she allegedly ignored warnings about her "unruly" behaviour.[7] On 14 November 2011, it was announced the character would be returning to EastEnders in January 2012 with Hetti Bywater taking over the role.[8][9]


In August 2009, Suffield took part in a documentary called 16: Too Young To Vote? as part of BBC Three's Adult Season, where she journeys around the United Kingdom to find out whether 16-year-olds should get the right to vote. In September 2009 she reported for the BBC Watchdog programme on the dangers of sunbeds. She also exposed centres that were not following guidelines by checking peoples ages. She also took part in a celebrity version of Total Wipeout.

Suffield has also acted in Casualty. In 2015 she played the titular role in Norma Jeane, a musical about Marilyn Monroe.

Personal life

Suffield was born on 24 December 1992 in London, England. She plays the guitar and piano, and has taken ballet lessons since the age of two, and still dances under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the intermediate grade. She attended Hatch End High School. Suffield has four sisters; Jessica, Daisy, Annabelle and Eloise.[10]



2003Magic GrandadMelissa1 Episode
Agatha Christie's PoirotYoung Lucy
2004–10EastEndersLucy BealeSeries Regular (317 episodes)
2010Little CrackersAlisonSeries 1 Episode 10
2012CasualtyAlicia Dans3 Episodes


2011Rough and Ready IISammyTV Movie
2012The AppTBAShort Film


2010Olly's PrisonSheilaTouring
2011Beauty and the BeastBelle
2015PinocchioCat/blue fairySecombe theatre, Sutton