Cheryl Fergison
Fergison in 2011
Born (1965-08-27) 27 August 1965 (age 56)
London, England
EducationRose Bruford College
Years active1992–present
TelevisionEastEnders (2005, 2007–2012, 2016)
Celebrity Big Brother (2012)
The Spa (2013)
Big School (2014)
Spouse(s)Jamshed Saddiqi (divorced)
Yassine Al-Jermoni
(m. 2011)

Cheryl Fergison (born 27 August 1965)[1] is an English actress. She is known for portraying the role of Heather Trott in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[2]


After training at Rose Bruford College, Fergison started playing the role of Heather Trott on the BBC soap opera EastEnders on 26 June 2007. The character was conceived by the former executive producer, Diederick Santer. Prior to this, Fergison made a brief appearance on the series as a friend of Mo Harris (Laila Morse) in 2005.

Fergison's stage credits include Measure For Measure, for the Royal Shakespeare Company[3] and the 2006 season at The Scoop.[4]

Fergison is also known for playing Joanna Harding in the Linda Flint sketches of Little Britain, opposite David Walliams and also played Judy in The IT Crowd. Other notable appearances include 'Allo 'Allo!, Little Miss Jocelyn, Bad Girls and Casualty, as well as playing Mrs. Lloyd in two episodes of Doctor Who, "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". Fergison also starred in a promotional video for the band Keane's single "Atlantic", which was included on their Under The Iron Sea DVD.

In November 2007, Fergison participated in the Children in Need charity appeal with her EastEnders co-stars which was broadcast on BBC One. On 26 June 2008, she appeared on and won an EastEnders special of quiz show The Weakest Link.

Since appearing on EastEnders, Fergison has made a variety of television appearances on shows such as GMTV, The Paul O'Grady Show, This Morning and Loose Women. She won the Best Comedy Performance award at the 2008 Inside Soap Awards, and was then nominated for Best Comedy Performance and Best Onscreen Partnership Award (alongside Linda Henry) at the 2008 British Soap Awards. Fergison later appeared in Let's Dance For Sport Relief, dancing to "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice, and appeared in an episode of BBC Two's Shooting Stars in August 2010.

On 17 September 2011, Fergison was axed from EastEnders and it was announced that she would leave at the end of her current contract, departing the show on 21 March 2012.[5] Heather was killed off after being hit with a photoframe by Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe).[6]

In March 2012, Fergison appeared on The Saturday Night Show.[7] In April and June 2012, Fergison made two guest panellist appearances on ITV's Loose Women. On 15 August 2012, Fergison entered the Celebrity Big Brother 10 house. On 24 August 2012, she became the second housemate to be evicted.

Fergison was one of the celebrity contestants on Your Face Sounds Familiar.[8] During the series, she sang as Dusty Springfield, Anastacia, Meatloaf, Lulu, Madonna, Cher and Adele. She played the role of Jo in the 2014 series of Big School on BBC One.[9] On 24 December 2016, Fergison reprised her role on EastEnders as Heather Trott, in the form of a recorded voice-over.[10] In the recording, Heather gushed about how Christmas wasn't Christmas "without a bit of George Michael".[10][11]

From October to November 2018, she played the part of Mrs Bird in the musical production of Maggie May at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.[12]

Personal life

Fergison divorced her husband, Jamshed Saddiqi, in 2008. She and Saddiqi have one child, a son named Alex. In May 2011, Fergison married Yassine Al-Jermoni.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Covington Cross Maid 1 2 episodes, "Outlaws" and "The Persecution"
'Allo 'Allo! Desiree 1 episode, "Missing and Presumed Dead"
1993 Screen Two Frau Langer, Schatz's Housekeeper 1 episode, "Genghis Cohn"
1994 Middlemarch Pritchard 7 episodes
1996 Eskimo Day Miss Bodley TV Movie
1997 A Royal Scandal Cleaning Maid TV Movie
2004–2005 Little Britain Joanna Harding 2 episodes
2005 Doctor Who Mrs. Lloyd 2 episodes, "The Doctor Dances" and "The Empty Child"
EastEnders Prison cellmate 1 episode
2006 Little Miss Jocelyn 1 episode
The IT Crowd Judy 1 episode
Bad Girls Latoya 1 episode
Casualty Lucille Prior 1 episode: "Get What You Deserve"
2007–2012, 2016 EastEnders Heather Trott Series regular
2007 The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle 1 episode
2009 Mr. Right Red Team Woman RV Movie
2010 EastEnders: E20 Heather Trott 4 episodes
2012 Celebrity Big Brother Herself Contestant
2013 The Spa Ms Wylde Main role, 5 episodes
Your Face Sounds Familiar Contestant
2014 Big School Jo Main role, 6 episodes
2015 Mastermind Herself Contestant
2016 White Island Security Guard Film
2019 Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule Herself 1 episode


  1. ^ @cherylfergison1 (24 November 2012). "@luv4JCx warily wrong ok my official and real date of birth is. 27th August 1965. This is correct and I have no middle name" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 January 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Cheryl Fergison". What's On TV. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Measure for Measure, Nunn/Bjornson, Royal Shakespeare Company, September 1991". 18 September 1991. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Scoop Launches Fourth Year of Free Outdoor Theatre - News -". 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Cheryl Fergison shocked by Heather Trott's EastEnders exit". Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  6. ^ Millar, Paul (12 November 2011). "'EastEnders' shock murder revealed?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Tommy Bowe and Cheryl Fergison for Saturday Night Show". RTÉ Ten. RTÉ. 23 March 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 1 October 2013 at
  9. ^ "Anyone else notice EE's Heather Trott in Big School?". Metro. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b "EastEnders: The moment Heather Trott RETURNED despite being killed off | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV |". Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  11. ^ Warner, Sam (25 December 2016). "EastEnders: Heather 'returns' with a message for Dot". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Maggie May wakes up the genre of Liverpool nostalgia musicals". 18 October 2018.
  13. ^ Payne, Will (22 May 2011). "EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison marries her Moroccan toyboy –". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 20 December 2011.