Lydia West

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Lydia West
BornLydia Dorothy West
1993 (age 28–29)
Islington, London, England
🏳️ NationalityBritish
🎓 Alma materIdentity School of Acting
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2019–present

Lydia Dorothy West (born 1993[1][2]) is an English actress. She is known for her television roles in the BBC One series Years and Years and the Channel 4 series It's a Sin.[3]

Early life[edit]

West is from London. Her mother is a nurse,[4] and she has an older sister, Rachel.[5][6] She initially trained in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance; a foot injury hindered her abilities and caused her to switch to drama. She then studied at Identity School of Acting.[7]


Post graduation from IDSA, West landed a role in Russell T Davies' 2019 BBC One and HBO series, Years and Years.[8][9] She starred in the 2021 Channel 4 series It’s A Sin, also by Davies. She played Jill Baxter, who is loosely based on one of Davies' friends.[7][10] Davies called her character the "the heart of the story", whereas Jack King of I-D said she was the "de facto matriarch".[11][12] Her performance was described as a "standout" one by i.[13]

She also had a guest role in the BBC One series Dracula. Her voice work includes narrating The Wizard of Oz for Audible alongside Jim Broadbent.[14] She has an upcoming film role in Text for You and television role in the Apple TV+ series Suspicion.[7][15]


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Years and Years Bethany Bisme-Lyons 6 episodes
2020 Dracula Lucy Westenra Episode: "The Dark Compass"
2020 Higher Grounds Bridget
2021 It's a Sin Jill Baxter Main role[3]
TBA Text for You TBA Upcoming
TBA Suspicion Monique Upcoming


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Doctor Who: The Sorcerer of Albion Vivien Big Finish: Donna Noble: Kidnapped![16]
2020 The Wizard of Oz Audible


  1. "Meet The Exuberant Young Stars Of Russell T Davies's New '80s-Set Drama, 'It's A Sin'". British Vogue. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  2. Lydia West (19 April 2020). "My middle name is Dorothy and I got to play her in the Wizard of Oz for audible..." Retrieved 24 January 2021 – via Instagram.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Olly Alexander on 'It's A Sin': "There's not been a British Aids drama on this scale ever"". NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  4. Blair, Olivia (2021-01-22). "Lydia West On 'It's A Sin', Michaela Coel Knowing Her Name And The 'Sex And The City' Reboot". ELLE. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  5. Ross Grant (24 May 2019). "PREVIEW: Finding YOUR OWN Way Into Acting - With 'Years And Years' Actress Lydia West!". Act on This (Podcast). Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  6. Mukbtar, Amel (May 2020). "Vogue Darling: Lydia West". British Vogue. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Mclaren, Bonnie (January 21, 2020). "Meet Lydia West, One Of It's A Sin's Breakout Stars". Grazia. Retrieved 2021-01-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Knight, Lewis (2021-01-25). "It's A Sin's Lydia West talks with real-life Jill about AIDS activism in 1980s". mirror. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  9. "10 Home Upgrades From The 'Queer Eye' Collection At Walmart". Bustle. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  10. Carr, Flora (12 January 2021). "It's A Sin star Lydia West says her character is based on "inspiring" real-life person". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  11. Lobb, Adrian (2021-01-22). "Seven reasons why It's A Sin is the most important drama of 2021". The Big Issue. Retrieved 2021-01-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. King, Jack (2021-01-21). "Why art teaches us more about AIDS than school ever will". I-D. Retrieved 2021-01-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Myers, Justin (2021-01-14). "Russell T Davies' It's a Sin is a stark reminder that everything, yet nothing, has changed". i. Retrieved 2021-01-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "The Wizard of Oz". Bafflegab. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  15. "'It's A Sin's Lydia West Discussed The "Special" Experience Of Playing A Real Person". Bustle. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  16. "Lydia West - Contributions". Big Finish. Retrieved 24 January 2021.

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