Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence is a former British actress who portrayed Etta Tavernier in EastEnders from 1990 to 1992 as a regular character and in 1994 for a guest stint for the storyline of her on-screen daughter, Hattie Tavernier's departure.
Originally, Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence wanted to be a dancer, so she trained a the Martha Graham school in New York when she moved there as a teenager with her Jamaican-born parents. But she felt she wasn't good enough to reach the top and happily switched to stage acting in 1981. Thrilled to land her EastEnders job, her first in television, Jacqui celebrated by rushing out to her favourite chain store to buy some new undies.
Since leaving EastEnders she has gone on to appear in the television mini-series close relations, the televised film The Greatest Store in the World and an episode of the ITV police drama The Bill. She has been credited in no other roles since this time and as of 2008, she works for Wainwright & Cummins LLP solicitors in London within their criminal department. She is a credited police station representative and has expertise in this specific area of criminal law.
She lives in Hayes, South East London, with the former boxing champion Horace Notice and their daughters, Naomi and Amelia. Singer and actress Michelle Gayle is godmother to one of Gordon-Lawrence's daughters. She is a follower of the Mormon religion.