Sherrie Hewson is best known for her role in Coronation Street and as a panellist on Loose Women - and she's in the region at the moment, to star in pantomime at the Sunderland Empire.
Sherrie also has family links with the North East, and while she's here she's trying to trace her roots.
Katie Oakes reports.
ITV's Text Santa will be on your screens this evening, raising money for six UK charities that are helping someone near you.
Here are the stars of Coronation Street who will be performing in tonight's special programme with 'Corrie-Oke!
The programme starts at 8pm and if you want to find out more about Text Santa and the six charities which are being supported you can log on to itv.com/textsanta.
Survivors of Domestic Abuse (SODA) in Redcar has set up the area's first support group for male victims of domestic violence.
Lucy Taylor's interview with a domestic abuse victim starts with some violent scenes from Coronation Street, which you might find upsetting.
Joe McElderry spoke to Pam Royle and Ian Payne about his role in the new Coronation Street musical, _Street of Dreams. _
Joe McElderry has been at the launch of a new musical about the history of Coronation Street. The X-Factor _and Popstar to Operastar _winner from South Shields will appear alongside veterans of the soap, like Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) and Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch).
The show, Street of Dreams_, will come to Newcastle on tour later this year. Full coverage of the launch on the national ITV News site.