I had the worst and best times in Coronation Street.
The best because I got to work with such a brilliant cast of actors, the worst because I lost my beloved Weimaraner in the first year, my wonderful grandma in the second year and my irreplaceable dad in the third year.
Nevertheless, I had five of the most memorable years of my career. I loved every second. It is truly an amazing place to work. It is a well-oiled machine, a thriving business and a phenomenal success.
My first day was nerve-racking beyond belief. Even though I’d had 23 years in the business already, it was still extremely daunting. No need what so ever as I was welcomed with open arms. "Don’t be nervous chuck, you’ll be right," said the astonishing Julie Goodyear as she sauntered by with her over-long cigarette holder balancing on the end of her highly manicured fingers.
From day one you have to learn very quickly what it’s like to be part of this institution. I was known before from many different things but this kind of fame was extraordinary. You are immediately part of every family in the country, in their living rooms every day so they feel they know you personally. The press are outside the studio all hours of the day waiting, wanting a story; it’s a whole way of life. A lot of actors hate the intrusion, I just found it fascinating.
My partner was Ken Morley who was and is a brilliant actor and I thank God we had that time together. Maureen and Reg what a pair!
The tram crash we are about to witness is going to be another iconic moment we will all remember. I just hope they keep every one's favourites: Ken Barlow, Sally Webster, Emily Bishop etc.
The Street will last another 50 years and I will be as devoted then, as I am now, although I will be looking down then of course but loving it just the same.