In 2004 she became a household name when she landed the role of Kelly Taylor in the renowned soap opera EastEnders. Not only did this give her the opportunity to reach the public on a weekly basis, it also enabled her to do other things such as charity work which she is passionate about – and she took part in fundraising for everything from Comic Relief to being the face of Shelter.
Since Eastenders Brooke has continued to have a successful acting career on stage and screen but has in recent years has become known for her avid campaigning against knife crime after her sixteen year old brother was tragically murdered in 2008. So much so that in 2010 it was announced Brooke had been appointed as an adviser to David Cameron to help the Conservatives tackle the problem of knife crime.
Since then she has travelled the country reviewing projects which help deter young people from crime and her tour culminated in a report to the Home Office in 2011 which helped shape policies and gain a further £18 million funding for knife crime services.
Brooke set up a Trust in her brother’s name shortly after his death and it has become a high-profile and successful charity doing fantastic work around education and early intervention for knife crime awareness and positive life choices.
Brooke is also a published author having written a book called ‘Why Ben?’ which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009 and which sold 20,000 copies in it’s first week of release.
In December 2011 she was an awarded an MBE by Prince Charles for her services to knife crime and is also now a strong Ambassador for The Princes Trust and Beat Bullying.
In January 2010 Brooke also realised a life-long ambition by opening her own theatre school for children aged 5-16 years called True Stars Academy, which she hopes will give young people the confidence and tools to develop their talents in acting, dancing and singing. The school now has a successful talent agency attached which provides her students with professional acting placements including one who is now playing a regular role in Eastenders.
Brooke is passionate about her experiences and in particular the importance of positive life choices and improving communication within families, companies and peer groups.
She has delivered several motivational and inspirational talks and her clients include the Home Office, the Met Police, the Conservative Party, The Princes Trust, and various schools, colleges and corporate companies.
Brooke has won a number of awards including The News of the World Childrens Champion Award 2009, Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year 2010, Inspirational Woman of the Year 2010, Mayor of London Award June 2011 and Britains Most Admired Charity 2013.
Every year, the Academy's most talented students are rewarded for their hard work, achievements and contribution to Academy life at a ceremony attended by staff, parents, carers, Governors and friends of the Academy. Miss Kinsella presented every student with an award, of which there were 63, and also gave up her time after the formalities had ended to speak to students, taking about their individual achievements and signing autographs.
Miss Kinsella was a wonderful quest speaker, who spoke with confidence and commitment about the importance of raising the profile of young people, the importance of not only encouraging children to follow their dreams and supporting them to aspire to great things, but directed her speech to the young people themselves stating, if you have a dream follow it, it you believe in something you might not succeed first time, but don’t give up. The tone of Miss Kinsella speech had exactly the right feel for an evening of inspiriting students to do well in their futures and the importance of if you don’t succeed try, try and try again!