Saturday, 20 February 2016

Sally Dynevor on 30 years in Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

In today's Mirror there's a long interview with Sally Dynevor who talks about working on Coronation Street as Sally for 30 years. 

Our blogger Graeme wrote a beautiful tribute to 30 years of Sally and you can read that here.

In the Mirror interview, Sally talks about finding out she had breast cancer in real life, after she had been filming scenes as the Street’s Sally found out she had the illness.

She says: “I was completely in denial and shock. It was really just the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me. You couldn’t make it up. I remember saying to the doctor ‘are you sure you haven’t got this wrong? That is my character, not me’.”

Sally also reveals cast insecurities about whether their contracts will be renewed and talks her relationships with some of the other cast members too.

She also reveals that she once thought about leaving Corrie: “Once Sally and Kevin had got married they didn’t do much for a few years. I was in my twenties and thought about leaving. Instead I got a part in the play Taste of Honey in Bolton.But then I came back and had the children and the storylines seemed to be better.”

So what next for the two Sallys? Speaking for both, she said: “I think I will stay for the next 30 years. I am having the best time. I feel as if Sally has found herself. I am really happy.

“I am so grateful to Corrie. It has been 30 wonderful years.”

In celebration of 30 years of Sally on Coronation Street, the Mirror have part two of the interview with actress Sally Dynevor.

Today, Sally reveals she was terrified of Jean Alexander who played Hilda Ogden. She says that Elsie Tanner helped get her to the cobbles and that she started off with just four episodes. 30 years later, she's still there, a national treasure.

She also talks about some of her favourite scenes from her 30 years on the show. It's well worth a read and it's here.     

Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.

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