Snowball Merriman

Portrayed by

Nicole Faraday

First Appearance

Episode 4.13

Last Appearance

Episode 5.10


4 Years for drug smuggling


Deceased - Commits suicide by hanging

Background Edit

Born as Tracey Pilkington in Wigan, she changed her name to Snowball Merriman and arrived in Larkhall with an American accent. She was a pornstar and the secret girlfriend of Ritchie Atkins.

Sentence Edit

Found guilty of drug smuggling – although she committed the crime so she wouldn’t extradited to the USA for the murder of a photographer in Florida.

Whilst in Larkhall Edit

Snowball is a beautiful young woman who enters the prison with an American accent, she convinces the prisoners, she is a Hollywood actress, however Yvonne Atkins (Linda Henry) discovers she is in fact a pornstar. She is dating Yvonne's son Ritchie, and plants a bomb in the prison in order to escape. She is caught at the gate by Karen Betts (Claire King). The bomb has devastating effects; Barbara "Babs" Hunt (Isabelle Amyes) goes deaf and Shaz Wiley (Lindsey Fawcett) dies. As a result of the bomb, Snowball becomes the most hated prisoner ever, with even the normally kind-hearted Julies (Victoria Alcock & Kika Mirylees) and Tina O'Kane (Victoria Bush) giving her a raw chicken for dinner. Snowball has her hair set on fire by Denny Blood (Alicya Eyo) and Shell Dockley (Debra Stephenson). She attempts to escape again, holding Karen at gunpoint. She attempts to shoot Karen outside, but accidentally shoots Ritchie, paralysing him. She is sent back to prison and eats her raw food as an attempt to be sent to hospital, it works and she tries to flee once more but is caught. She is granted a visit from Ritchie, and the both have a suicide pact to overdose on pills, Snowball cannot swallow the pills, Ritchie does, and ends up dying. Snowball eventually commits suicide by hanging herself in front of all the other prisoners.