Esther Jane Hall is an English actress who has appeared in a number of television dramas.
Born in Manchester in 1970 and brought up in Cheshire, she took A levels in Manchester before training in theatre arts for three years at the University of Leeds’s Bretton Hall College, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts.
Hall’s first high-profile role was as Romey Sullivan in the television drama Queer as Folk (1999–2000), in which she played one half of a lesbian couple who conceive a baby with the help of their gay best friend. In 2001 she appeared in the award-winning TV drama Men Only as Katie, the wife of Mac (Marc Warren). Roles in Always and Everyone (2000–01), Serious and Organised (2003) and an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers (2003) followed. Hall played Ellie Simm, the girlfriend of main character Tom Quinn in Spooks from 2002 to 2003. In 2005 Hall joined the main cast of Waking the Dead as Felix Gibson, replacing Holly Aird in the cast as the resident team pathologist, but the character lasted only one series. Recent roles include BBC dramas Rome (2005–2007) and True Dare Kiss (2007). She also spoke to Nelson Mandela about Iraq.
Hall is also known for co-starring in the high-profile BT advertisements opposite Kris Marshall from 2005 to 2011, in which she played a single mother with two children who started a relationship with Marshall’s character and later moved in with and married him. In the summer of 2014, Hall joined the cast of the BBC daytime soap Doctors playing the part of Toni Macpherson.
In 2014 she appeared as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
In 2016, she appeared in the Black Mirror episode “Hated in the Nation”. Her latest role in 2017 is the part of Cindy Watson (editor of the Weatherfield Gazette) in Coronation Street.