Saturday , 20 July 2019

Baby on way for Glasgow’s lesbian icon

Heather PearceMusician and actress Heather Peace has announced that she and her wife Elle are expecting their first child.

In less than three weeks the lesbian icon’s wife Elle will give birth to their daughter.

Peace shot to fame in the mid nineties with appearances in Emmerdale, The Bill and London’s Burning.

But Heather captured the hearts of the LGBTI community when she starred in BBC Three’s Lip Service which followed the lives of a group of lesbians living in Glasgow. Peace played Detective Sergeant Sam Murray in the instant hit show, that particularly appealed to LGBTI Scots.

The refreshing drama portrayed real life problems of Scotland’s gay community and brought issues into mainstream television. After two successful seasons many who worked on the show and fans reeled with shock and disappointment when creator Harriet Braun revealed that BBC Three had cancelled a third season without any explanation.

Heather went on to play the role of lesbian teacher Nikki Boston in Shed Production’s Waterloo Road which aired on BBC 1. This was another ground breaking role which divulged the challenges of being openly gay within the teaching profession. The story captured the struggles of lifestyle and career through relationships, work and pupil’s reaction to Miss Boston’s sexuality. At the same time more defined the character than sexuality which was yet another breath of fresh air on our screens.

Heather quit her Waterloo Road role to commit to her, already established, music career on a full time basis. Her first album Fairytales was released in 2012 and her second The Thin Line was released in 2014.

With Heather living in Scotland during filming over the years she fell in love with Glasgow. She said: “I love Glasgow. I love Scotland. I wrote most of The Thin Line in my flat in Glasgow.”

Heather peace albumHer status as Glasgow’s favourite is confirmed time and again with her sell out gigs at the Oran Mor and AXM clubs. As well as being a very talented singer songwriter, Peace engages with her audiences and has even picked up some of our colloquialisms such as ‘gaun yersel’ which was translated to her by a crowd member at Oran Mor in 2014.

Heather’s partner Elle is due to give birth to their daughter in April, two year afters the long term couple entered their civil partnership. Heather’s quiet yet determined qualities have made her one of the most respected LGBTI people north and south of the border.

The couple chose not to have the civil ceremony covered by celebrity magazines and opt for a quieter personal life. Yet Heather manages to be active in supporting the LGBTI community as patron of Manchester Pride and also featuring in Stonewall’s anti-bullying campaign. In June 2014 she opened Europe’s first rainbow crossing in Brighton.

All KaleidoScot’s team wish Heather & Elle all the best.

 

About Anne Kane Austin

Anne Kane Austin
Anne Austin is a 39 year-old Glasgow based mature Journalism graduate looking on the brighter side of life. Her interests include LGBTI rights, human rights, animal welfare, politics and comedy.

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