Freema Agyeman

Last updated 09 January 2020

Freema Agyeman
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Freema Agyeman

Born: Tuesday 20th March 1979 (age: 45)


Freema Agyeman is best known for playing Martha Jones, companion of the Tenth Doctor.

She attended Our Lady's Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington. She studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University.

She played the character of Lola Wise in the revived series of ITV soap opera Crossroads and had small guest roles in other TV series such as Casualty, Mile High and The Bill, in which she appeared in on two occasions as two separate characters. In 2005, she played Mary Ogden, a scene of crime officer, in an episode of Silent Witness. She starred as the character Nana in the independent film Rulers and Dealers, written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson

In 2006 Agyeman was cast as Adeola Oshodi, in the "Army of Ghosts". Her performance impressed the production team who called her back as a serious candidate for the new companion. Following a screen-test with the Tenth Doctor actor, David Tennant, Agyeman was confirmed to the press as new companion Martha Jones on 5 July 2006.

Despite her character's departure from the TARDIS in the 2007 season finale "Last of the Time Lords", Agyeman returned as Martha in series 4 for five episodes. She guest-presented Blue Peter on 24 June 2008 to promote the Doctor Who finale.

Agyeman appeared in three episodes of series 2 of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood. She also had a starring role in the Torchwood radio play, Lost Souls, broadcast on BBC Radio Four to promote the turning on of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility.

Agyeman appeared several times on The Bedtime Hour on CBeebies reading the story broadcast shortly before 7pm. She narrated the first series of BBC Three's hospital documentary series Bizarre ER,

Since 2009 she has starred as crown prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK, a spin-off from the popular US Law & Order franchise.