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All about Kara Tointon

Eastender’s Kara Tointon and Ricky Groves are set to wed next week as their characters in the popular soap opera based around Albert Square. Then, they will exit the soap on 27th August for good, so I thought it was a good point to write about Kara Tointon, who is not only a fellow Essex girl, but apparently goes to one of my local Indian Restaurants ‘Masa’ in Hadleigh, Essex.

Kara is currently dating her ex co-star Jo Swash, which came as a surprise after she had decided not to date any more celebrity men (after her split with actor James Alexandrou who formally played Martin Fowler from Eastenders too). Kara joined ‘Eastenders’ four years ago, playing the sister of Joe’s character Mickey Miller.

Kara Louise Tointon was born on the 5th August 1983 in Basildon, Essex and lived in Southend on Sea for quite a time.

Kara is going to star alongside Joe in the pantomime production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in Britstol this Christmas. She has said: ‘We are starring in panto together. I love singing and dancing so it’s perfect.

When asked how she feels about leaving the soap as her character Dawn Swann, she has said “I sort of went off playing her, which is a shame after playing someone for four years.” But she is sad to leave, as she has had a great time with the soap. A short while before leaving she also said “I would definitely love to go back to EastEnders one day, being killed off would be my worst nightmare.” So, maybe she is keeping her options open…..

Kara was considered for ‘Stricly come dancing’ this year, but she has decided not to contend and concentrate on her acting career as a ‘serious actor’. It is no wonder, as she won the Sport Relief version in 2008.

She did a photo shoot for FHM this Summer, in which she looked gorgeous – what a body that girl has! She has landed new modelling assignments, and was chosen as the new face of Michelle for George lingerie at Asda. The 26-year-old actress is definitely going to be busy, even if she has left Eastenders!

Kara would like to try her hand in Costume Drama – She has said: “I loved playing Dawn. But I’d like to play someone quite different next time. My dream role would be Lizzie Bennet in Pride And Prejudice.”

More on Dating …….. She previously dated EastEnders co-star Alexandrou for a year and also was in a long relationship with Busted rocker James Bourne before that in 2004.


• Eastenders – 2005 – 2009 – as Dawn Swann

• America or Busted -2004 – played herself

• The Fete -2004 – Lizzie

• The Football Factory- 2004) – played Shie/Tameka

• Mile High – 2004 – played the outgoing Geneveve

• Keen Eddie – 2004 – played Sarah Friedman

• Boudica (2003) – played Poppaea

• Dinotopia -2002 – 18 Year Old Le Sage

• Harry and Cash – 2002 – played Gabby

• Never play with the dead – 2001 – played Victoria

• Teachers – 2001 – Played Pauline Young

• Dream Team -1999 and also 2004-2005 – Played Gina Moliano

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