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Dominic Treadwell-Collins (born 26 August 1977)[1] is a British television producer, known for his work on the soap operas Family Affairs and EastEnders, and for creating the EastEnders spin-off series Kat & Alfie: Redwater.

Early life[edit]

Treadwell-Collins' father was the son of an Irish farmer, Michael, who emigrated to London from his home near Skibbereen, in West Cork, in the mid 1960s whilst his mother, Linda, is from north London.[2] At the age of fifteen, Treadwell-Collins' father died in a drowning accident whilst on holiday at the family home in Fort Lauderdale, USA.[2] As a child, Treadwell-Collins had ambitions to work for the BBC, as he lived in Radlett, Hertfordshire, near the BBC Elstree Studios, and used to look in through the gates.[3]


Treadwell-Collins attended St Christopher's primary school in Radlett, and Edge Grove School, an independent school in the village of Aldenham in Hertfordshire, followed by Harrow School, a boarding independent school in Harrow-on-the-Hill in north west London, and then the University of Oxford.[2]


Early work[edit]

Treadwell-Collins' first job in television was for the ITV crime drama series Midsomer Murders, devising means of killing off characters.[3] He moved to Talkback Thames for four years,[4] working as a story producer on the Five soap opera Family Affairs, where he was taught to storyline by Ian Aldwinckle.[citation needed] In 2007, he named the show winning the 2005 British Soap Award for 'Best Storyline' the biggest achievement of his career.[3]Family Affairs was cancelled in 2005, which surprised Treadwell-Collins, who had expected that several award wins meant the show would be extended. He felt that viewers remained 'incredibly loyal' to the series, and that it would have had greater longevity had it aired on a different channel, or been better publicised by Five.[5]


Treadwell-Collins began working on the BBC soap opera EastEnders in October 2005,[4] as a senior story editor under Brigie de Courcy, before becoming story producer in January 2007.[3] He was responsible for running the EastEnders story department, working with the show's writers to devise future storylines.[3]

In his first year on the show, he created the characters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell, played by Samantha Womack and Rita Simons.[6] In response to criticism of the show's lack of characters with disabilities, EastEnders producers planned to introduce several actors with disabilities in early 2009.

Treadwell-Collins felt such characters are often portrayed as being 'noble or 'worthy', and suggested that EastEnders subvert this stereotype by making the new roles flawed.[7] He created the storyline in which the Muslim character Syed Masood struggled to reconcile his faith and sexuality, and his relationship with Christian Clarke,[citation needed] as well as The Secret Mitchell and the Who Killed Archie?whodunnit, which culminated in the show's first live episode in February 2010.[4]

Treadwell-Collins stood down from his EastEnders role on 25 June 2010, becoming head of development at Kudos' Lovely Day production company. The company is run by former EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer, who commented: 'Dominic is a brilliant and original talent, bursting with great ideas and gripping stories. Many of EastEnders' best storylines and characters of the last few years have come directly from his imagination and design, and he played an integral part in conceiving and plotting the hugely successful 25th anniversary episodes. I'm delighted to be resuming our creative partnership at Lovely Day.' Treadwell-Collins stated: 'I have had an amazing time at EastEnders and I couldn't have dreamed of a better place to work. Working on EastEnders has enabled me to create some fantastic storylines and characters that have been received so well but after four-and-a-half years of life in Walford, I feel that it is time to move on and try something new.'[4]

As executive producer[edit]

On 29 July 2013, it was announced that Treadwell-Collins would be returning to EastEnders as executive producer, taking over from Lorraine Newman, who resigned from the role after sixteen months on the job. Treadwell-Collins assumed the position on 19 August 2013[8] and his first episode as executive producer aired on 9 December 2013.

Treadwell-Collins' first major cast change was to introduce Shirley Carter's (Linda Henry) extended family, who took over The Queen Vic – her brother (later revealed to be her son) Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), sister Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White), Mick's common-law wife Linda (Kellie Bright)[9] and their children Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard), Nancy (Maddy Hill) and Johnny (Sam Strike).[10] The family was later expanded to include Shirley and Tina's father Stan Carter (Timothy West), their maternal aunt Babe Smith (Annette Badland)[11] and their estranged mother Sylvie (Linda Marlowe),[12] plus Shirley's son Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) who returned to the show after several years.[13] Other major characters introduced by Treadwell-Collins include Dot Branning's (June Brown) grandson Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett),[14]Pam (Lin Blakley) wife of established recurring character Les Coker (Roger Sloman), Donna Yates (Lisa Hammond), Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood) as Kim Fox's husband, Claudette Hubbard (Ellen Thomas) as Vincent's mother and Donna's adoptive Mother, and the Kazemi family - Kush (Davood Ghadami), Carmel (Bonnie Langford) and Shakil Kazemi (Shaheen Jafargholi).[15]

Treadwell-Collins also reintroduced several characters who had previously featured in the show, including Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy)[16]Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner), Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), Les Coker (Roger Sloman),[17]Jane Beale (Laurie Brett), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton)[18]Jack Branning (Scott Maslen),[19] and Steven Beale (Aaron Sidwell) who all returned permanently, while the likes of Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor),[20][21]Nick Cotton (John Altman)[22] and Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) returning for guest appearances. The characters of Shabnam Masood,[23]Rebecca Fowler, Ben Mitchell,[24]Martin Fowler,[25]Louise Mitchell,[26]Jordan Johnson and Belinda Peacock[27] were also reintroduced, but the roles were recast to Rakhee Thakrar, Jasmine Armfield, Harry Reid, James Bye,[28]Tilly Keeper,[29]Joivan Wade[30] and Carli Norris[31] respectively.

Treadwell-Collins also created a spin-off for the EastEnders characters Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) set in Ireland called Kat & Alfie: Redwater, which started on BBC One and RTÉ One in May 2017.[32]

Treadwell-Collins' decision to leave the show was announced on 18 February 2016.[33] He described his choice as 'not one I have taken lightly' and citied his reasons for leaving as wanting to 'move on to other things'.[33] His final work on the show saw him produce the conclusion to the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline and produce the death of Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor). Of Windsor's request that he produce her exit storyline, Treadwell-Collins said 'When Dame Barbara comes to you to produce her final episodes, you cannot say no.'[33] Treadwell-Collins' final day at EastEnders was on 6 May 2016.[34]

Post EastEnders[edit]

Treadwell-Collins' new post as Head of Television at Blueprint Television was announced on 7 June 2016.[35] Treadwell-Collins stated his admiration of films produced by Blueprints and his excitement to 'develop their television arm'.[35] The co-chairman of Blueprint Pictures, Graham Broadbent, added that the company were 'excited to have someone of his experience and calibre to launch Blueprint's TV side'.[35]


  1. ^'Twitter / dominictc: 36 today. Heading home for...' Twitter.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ abc'EastEnders' new boss and his star Danny Dyer on the changes coming to Walford'. radiotimes.com. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ abcdeOatts, Joanne; Green, Kris (14 October 2007). 'All about 'EastEnders' Dominic Treadwell-Collins'. Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  4. ^ abcdGreen, Kris (28 June 2010). 'Treadwell-Collins joins Santer's Lovely Day'. Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. ^Bishop, Tom (30 December 2005). 'End of the Affairs for Five soap'. BBC News. BBC Online. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  6. ^Adam Page (director, producer), Mark Cossey (executive producer) (3 April 2009). 'EastEnders Revealed: The Secret Mitchell'. EastEnders Revealed. Episode 56. BBC. BBC Three.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^Walker, Tim (14 January 2009). 'Boris Johnson opens the floodgates'. The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  8. ^'Twitter / dominictc: Had an amazing three years'. Twitter.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  9. ^Brown, David (1 October 2013). 'EastEnders: Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright to become new Queen Vic landlord and landlady'. Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  10. ^Rigby, Sam (29 October 2013). ''EastEnders': First picture of Danny Dyer's Carter family'. Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  11. ^'EastEnders casts Timothy West, Annette Badland as new Carters – EastEnders News – Soaps'. Digital Spy. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  12. ^Metro.co.uk, Caroline Westbrook for (2 August 2014). 'Sylvie Carter to make EastEnders bow'.
  13. ^'EastEnders return for Matt Di Angelo'. 15 January 2014.
  14. ^Kilkelly, Daniel (22 January 2014). 'EastEnders casts Dot Branning's grandson Charlie Cotton'. Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  15. ^Jefferies, Mark (17 April 2014). 'EastEnders: 'Yummy mummy' actress Anna Acton cast as leading police officer in Lucy Beale murder case'.
  16. ^Kilkelly, Daniel (15 October 2013). ''EastEnders' confirms Sonia Fowler return'. Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  17. ^Brown, David. ''EastEnders':Lacey Turner to return as Stacey Branning in the new year'. Radio Times. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  18. ^'EastEnders: Jane makes surprise return'. Digital Spy. 6 January 2014.
  19. ^'EastEnders: Scott Maslen makes surprise return as Jack Branning'.
  20. ^'EastEnders airs surprise Peggy return'. 25 September 2014.
  21. ^'Barbara Windsor returning to EastEnders'. 8 December 2014.
  22. ^Kilkelly, Daniel (29 July 2014). 'EastEnders: John Altman returning to show as Nick Cotton'. Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  23. ^Drewett, Meg. ''EastEnders': Shabnam Masood returning to soap, role recast'. Digital Spy. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  24. ^'EastEnders: See the new Ben Mitchell'. 17 July 2014.
  25. ^'EastEnders recasts Martin Fowler'. 11 October 2014.
  26. ^Dainty, Sophie (16 December 2015). 'Here comes trouble: Phil Mitchell's feisty daughter Louise is returning to EastEnders next year'. Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  27. ^'Carli Norris to play Belinda Slater'. EastEnders News & Spoilers. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  28. ^'Martin Fowler returns to Albert Square'. EastEnders News & Spoilers. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  29. ^'Louise Mitchell Returns To Albert Square'. EastEnders News & Spoilers. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  30. ^'Jordan Johnson returns to EastEnders'. EastEnders News & Spoilers. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  31. ^'Carli Norris to play Belinda Slater'. EastEnders News & Spoilers. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  32. ^Brown, David (4 April 2015). 'EastEnders: Kat and Alfie to get their own drama series on BBC1'. Radio Times. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  33. ^ abc'Dominic Treadwell-Collins set to depart as Executive Producer'. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  34. ^Treadwell-Collins, Dominic (6 May 2016). 'DomTreadwellCollins on Twitter: 'It's my last day on Albert Square.''. Twitter. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  35. ^ abcBrown, David (7 June 2016). 'New job for ex-EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins revealed'. Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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Born22 April 1984 (age 37)
Years active1999–present
Known forRole of Zoe Slater in EastEnders (2000–2005)

Michelle Claire Ryan (born 22 April 1984)[1] is an English actress. She played Zoe Slater on the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2000–2005). In 2007, she starred in the short-lived American television series Bionic Woman. She appeared as the evil sorceress Nimueh in the 2008 BBC fantasy series Merlin and as Lady Christina de Souza in the 2009 Doctor Who episode 'Planet of the Dead'.

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Early life[edit]

Michelle Ryan was born in Enfield, North London, and was a student at Chace Community School.[2][failed verification][citation needed]


2000–2006: EastEnders and Cashback[edit]

A member of a local theatre group since she was 10, she was picked for her role in EastEnders when she was 16 and first appeared on the show in September 2000.[3] She left the series in June 2005.

Ryan was given her first acting role playing Sheylla Grands in the series TV show Chosen Ones in the first season and Zoe Slater in the BBC soap EastEnders.

During summer 2005, Ryan appeared in a run of Who's the Daddy? at the King's Head Theatre. The play, by Toby Young and Lloyd Evans, is based on the David Blunkett paternity case.

Ryan had a small role in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple which screened in February 2006, and also appeared in a small independent film the same year, Cashback.

2007–2008: Mansfield Park, Jekyll and Bionic Woman[edit]

In early 2007, Ryan was seen as Maria in Mansfield Park opposite Billie Piper for ITV and also as Lila in the film I Want Candy, co-starring Carmen Electra and Mackenzie Crook.

In February 2007, it was announced that she had been cast as the lead in the new drama Bionic Woman.[4] The series began airing in the United States on the broadcast network NBC in September 2007. Ryan affected an American accent for the role of Jaime Sommers, except in the episode 'The Education of Jaime Sommers' in which her character goes undercover as an English transfer student at a university; for this episode, she spoke in an Oxfordshire accent instead of her natural London accent. She has had professional dance training and attributed it to helping her with the physically demanding stunts required for the show.[5] She also learned Krav Maga and sign language for the part (the latter because, as originally conceived, Ryan's character was to have had a hearing impaired sister, but this story element was abandoned). Ryan stated the show's cancellation came about because it kept changing direction, and stated it led to her being less ambitious about her career. 'I'm more go-with-the-flow now', she said.[2]

On Red Nose Day 2007, Ryan appeared in a Mr. Beansketch written and recorded for Comic Relief.

In May 2007, Ryan revealed she had auditioned the previous year for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, eventually given to Eva Green.[6] In late 2007, she appeared in Flick, a Welsh independent film co-starring Faye Dunaway and Leslie Phillips.

Prior to Bionic Woman, she appeared in Jekyll for the BBC, a modern-day version of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring James Nesbitt. It began its six-episode run on 16 June 2007, and was released on DVD in the United States on 18 September 2007, one week prior to her debut in Bionic Woman.

2008–2011: Merlin, Doctor Who and Mister Eleven[edit]

She has also appeared as the sorceressNimueh in the BBC drama series Merlin, playing the role in several episodes of the show's first season.[7]

Ryan is signed to Independent Models in London. She is a patron of children's cancercharityCLIC Sargent.

Ryan also filmed an ITV romantic drama, Mister Eleven in 2008.

In January 2009, the BBC announced that Ryan had been cast as Lady Christina de Souza in the Doctor Who special episode 'Planet of the Dead', which was broadcast on 11 April 2009. She had been rumoured for a part beforehand, and is open to reprising the role in future, although 'At the moment, when it comes to acting, I'm a bit of a commitment-phobe.'[2]

Ryan and Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd starred in a one-off drama for BBC Scotland, One Night In Emergency, the story of one man's surreal search for his wife in an inner-city hospital. The film, which was filmed in and around Glasgow, was written by Gregory Burke, and directed by Michael Offer.[8]

Also in 2009, Ryan filmed, a crime thriller starring Emma Roberts, Noel Clarke, Tamsin Egerton and Ophelia Lovibond.

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She starred in a stage production of The Talented Mr. Ripley at the Royal Theatre in Northampton until 9 October 2010.[9]

In October 2010, she completed filming the terrorist thriller Cleanskin. That same year, she appeared in the comedy film Huge alongside Noel Clarke, Johnny Harris, Ralph Brown, Thandie Newton, and Tamsin Egerton, directed by Ben Miller. Another film, No Ordinary Trifle, is in post-production. Also in 2011, Ryan played Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream in the BBC Learning project, Off By Heart Shakespeare.[10]

2012–present: Cockneys vs Zombies and Cabaret[edit]

Ryan also appeared in Cockneys vs Zombies, a comedy horror film about a team of bank robbers fighting the undead, directed by Matthias Hoene, alongside Georgia King, Rasmus Hardiker and Jack Doolan.[11] The film was released in September 2012.

For the final months of 2012, Ryan toured with Will Young in a production of Cabaret. This production also played in London's West End.



2000The Worst WitchDoloresEpisode: 'Fair Is Foul & Fouls Are Fair'
BurnsideSchool friend2 episodes
2000–2005EastEndersZoe SlaterSeries regular, 532 episodes
2003EastEnders: Slaters in DetentionZoe SlaterEastEnders Spin-Off
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair DoZoe SlaterSpecial
2006Agatha Christie's MarpleRose WaterEpisode: 'By the Pricking of My Thumbs'
2007Comic Relief 2007: The Big OneKateSegment: 'Mr. Bean's Wedding'
Mansfield ParkMaria BertramTelevision film
JekyllKatherine Reimer6 episodes
Bionic WomanJaime Sommers8 episodes
2008MerlinNimueh4 episodes
2009Doctor WhoLady Christina de SouzaEpisode: 'Planet of the Dead'
Mr ElevenSaz Paley2-part miniseries
2013Covert AffairsHelen Hanson / Teresa Hamilton[12]5 episodes in season 4
2014Death in ParadiseLexi CunninghamEpisode 3.2
2018True HorrorVanessa MitchellEpisode: 'The Witches' Prison'


2007I Want CandyLila
2008FlickSandra Martin
Love's KitchenShauna
Girl Walks into a BarLoretta
2012Cockneys vs ZombiesKaty
The Man InsideAlexia Sinclair
2017The Last PhotographMaryam

Voice work[edit]

2017Alien: River of PainLieutenant Julisa Paris[13]
Lady Christina Volume oneLady Christina De Souza
2021Lady Christina Volume Two


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  2. ^ abcAndrew Pettie (9 April 2009). 'Michelle Ryan on joining Doctor Who'. The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  3. ^EastEnders Revealed; Bionic Woman ('The Education of Jaime Sommers')
  4. ^Plunkett, John (13 February 2007). 'EastEnders star goes bionic'. The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  5. ^'Ryan and Eick on NBC's 'Bionic Woman''. Comingsoon.net. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  6. ^'Sky Showbiz'. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  7. ^'Merlin's Secrets Revealed'. bbc.co.uk. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  8. ^'Kevin McKidd leads all-star cast to experience One Night In Emergency for BBC Scotland'. BBC press-release. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  9. ^Lamont, Tom (12 September 2010). 'Michelle Ryan: 'There's a difference between being enthusiastic and desperate''. The Guardian (London).
  10. ^'Schools – Teachers – Off By Heart Shakespeare: A Midsummer Nights Dream 'Lo, she is one of this confederacy!''. BBC. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  11. ^'Michelle Ryan to Star in Cockneys vs. Zombies'. WhatCulture. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  12. ^Eng, Joyce. 'Exclusive: Covert Affairs Books Bionic Woman's Michelle Ryan'. tvguide.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  13. ^Diaz, Juan (30 March 2017). ''Alien: River of Pain': Hear the Terror in Audible's 'Aliens' Prequel (Exclusive Clip)'. Indie Wire. Retrieved 21 July 2020.

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