Heather Craney is an English actress. She started acting in the 1990s, debuting in the 1997 film Drinking Crude. This was followed by roles in the movies Loop and Topsy-Turvy. On television, she first appeared in Silent Witness. In the 2000s, she had guest roles in The Bill, Holby City, and Torchwood, as well as appeared in the TV films Ahead of the Class and The Mark of Cain. She also appeared in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. In 2004, she starred as Joyce Drake in the movie Vera Drake. For her performance, she got a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. From 2009 to 2011, she starred as Alison Weaver in the comedy series Life of Riley. She next played Cheryl Matthews in EastEnders.