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Film maker to be honoured

Film-maker Ken Loach is being awarded an honorary doctorate by Liverpool Hope University. He has a long association with the city, directing many of it's stars and making a documentary about the Liverpool Dockers' Strike

Film maker Ken Loach Credit: pa

Loach, famous for social commentary in his movies brought us Kes in 1969, Raining Stones and of course Looking for Eric, a bittersweet comedy which featured the former Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona.

Loach's film Looking for Eric starred Eric Cantona Credit: PA


Corrie actress dropped after 'hiding' real age in audition

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Coronation Street is recasting the role of Bethany Platt after dropping the actress who had been hired to play her when it was discovered she hid her real age at the audition.

Katie Redford said she was a 19-year-old when she landed a part on the cobbles, but it has emerged she would have turned 26 by the time she made her screen debut as the 14-year-old character.

Corrie fans found out her real age when they looked her up online after she landed the part as Gail McIntyre's granddaughter Bethany.

It's believed fans spotted photos from her 25th birthday party on Twitter after her casting was announced last week.

A spokeswoman for the actress confirmed she auditioned "as a 19-year-old".

  1. Tony Morris

The wonder of Woody: Harrelson coming to Liverpool

Woody Harrelson will address students in Liverpool Credit: PA

Hollywood superstar Woody Harrelson is coming to the region to give vital tips to budding actors.

Harrelson has been invited to speak to students at LIPA - the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

He first came to fame as Woody Boyd in the American cult sitcom Cheers set in a bar in Boston.

Since then he's starred in dozens of Hollywood movies in a career stretching back more than 30 years.

Harrelson played at Old Trafford in Socceraid 2010 Credit: PA
Woody with Wesley Snipes in White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Here's my (subjective!!) list of Woody's top five moments on screen.

  • 2 - CHEERS
  • 3 - RAMPART
Harrelson in True Detective with Matthew McConaughey Credit: Jim Bridges
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