Alison King inspired by Hopkins

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Coronation Street actress Alison King

Alison King

'Coronation Street's Alison King feels like she ''fails as an actor'' unless she has a picture of Anthony Hopkins where she is working.

'Coronation Street's Alison King can't work unless she has a picture of Anthony Hopkins by her side.

The 37-year-old actress - who plays Carla Connor in the popular ITV1 soap - has a photograph of the 'Silence of the Lambs' actor in her dressing room wherever she works.

She told heat magazine: "I have an old black and white picture of him that I put up on my wall everywhere I work, otherwise I feel like I fail as an actor. I'd love to take him for a drink."

Meanwhile, the brunette beauty's co-star Chris Gasgoyne - who plays Peter Barlow the show - revealed he would like to have 'The Golden Compass' actor Tom Courtenay as a drinking partner.

Discussing who he would take on a trip to the pub, he explained: "I would take Tom Courtenay, the actor. He's such a big inspiration to me. There aren't many great actors around these days."

Alison was recently a central character in the ITV1 soap's 'Siege' storyline - the most expensive the show has ever produced in its 50-year history - which saw Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) escape from jail and imprison her in the factory.

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