Julie Hesmondhalgh

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The Greatest Play In The History of the World

6 Aug 20184 stars

Moonage daydream in Ian Kershaw's life-affirming play

Some plays should be prescribed on the NHS. The Greatest Play... is one such play. It's like a tincture for the soul, a feelgood story with love inscribed even in its process of creation. With the warmth and ease of a stand-up comedian, Julie…

I'm a celebrity . . . get me in the Fringe!

19 Jul 2018

The festival is a place where youthful ambitions are realised or thwarted. It's also somewhere that many famous faces come to see what all the fuss is about

While Irish dancer and performer Sarah Blanc tours with her love-letter to the man who donned the finest mullet in *3Neighbours*2 history (for which there was a heap of competition, eh Kylie?), Jason himself is in town with a reflection on his four…

Julie Hesmondhalgh upset Coronation Street cast by leaving the soap

7 Mar 2017

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Julie Hesmondhalgh's 'Coronation Street' colleagues were "cross" when she left the soap. The 47-year-old actress quit the cobbles in January 2014, but the news of her departure after 16 years on the programme left a bad taste in the mouths of her…

Julie Hesmondhalgh reveals her post-Coronation Street ambition

27 Feb 2017

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Julie Hesmondhalgh hopes to be remembered for more than her role in 'Coronation Street'. The 47-year-old actress - who starred as Hayley Cropper in the ITV soap before leaving in 2014 - has recently appeared in 'Cucumber and 'Broadchurch', and Julie…

David Tennant: Julie Hesmondhalgh is 'utterly brilliant'

24 Feb 2017

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David Tennant has praised Julie Hesmondhalgh as "utterly brilliant". The former 'Coronation Street' actress is set to star alongside the 45-year-old actor in the upcoming third and final series of crime drama 'Broadchurch', and David has praised her…

Julie Hesmondhalgh: Broadchurch will prove I haven't retired

21 Feb 2017

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Julie Hesmondhalgh is sick of people asking her if she's retired. The 46-year-old actress is constantly asked if she is enjoying retirement since she quit 'Coronation Street', in which she played factory worker Hayley Cropper until her tragic death…

Julie Hesmondhalgh: It would be wrong for me to play Hayley Cropper today

18 Feb 2017

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Julie Hesmondhalgh says it would be wrong if she was still playing transgender character Hayley Cropper in 'Coronation Street'. The 46-year-old star played the beloved factory worker in the ITV soap from 1998 until 2014 but insisted that if the role…

Julie Hesmondhalgh: I'll always be seen as Hayley Cropper

13 Feb 2017

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Julie Hesmondhalgh thinks she'll always be remembered as Hayley Cropper in 'Coronation Street'. The 46-year-old actress starred as the transgender character in the ITV soap from 1998 until 2014 and despite subsequent roles in 'Happy Valley' and…

Julie Hesmondhalgh was 'scared' of Broadchurch role

3 Feb 2017

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Julie Hesmondhalgh was "scared" of taking on the role of a rape victim in 'Broadchurch'. The 46-year-old actress has admitted she was in two minds about accepting the part of Trish Winterman in the new series of the popular crime drama because she…

Julie Hesmondhalgh to join Broadchurch

12 Apr 2016

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Julie Hesmondhalgh is to join the final series of 'Broadchurch'. The former 'Coronation Street' actress - who was known for portraying factory worker Hayley Cropper until her tragic death two years ago in the long-running soap - is set to rub…

Shane Richie 'out of' EastEnders

4 May 2015

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Shane Richie will not return to 'EastEnders'. The 51-year-old actor first hit screens as Alfie Moon in 2002, but has now suggested his days on Albert Square will end after a spin-off show with his on-screen on/off partner, Kat Slater, played by…

Julie Hesmondhalgh excited by Corrie mentions

19 Jan 2015

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Julie Hesmondhalgh still gets excited when her former 'Coronation Street' character is mentioned on the show. The 44-year-old actress played transsexual Hayley Cropper on the series for 15 years before she left in 2014. Despite being gone for over…

New love for Roy would 'kill' Julie Hesmondhalgh

30 May 2014

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Julie Hesmondhalgh says a new love interest for Roy Cropper would "kill" her. The 'Coronation Street' legend, whose character Hayley Cropper died in her husband's loving arms in January following a battle with pancreatic cancer, has admitted she…

Corrie's David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh dominate British Soap Awards

25 May 2014

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'Coronation Street' swept the board in nine categories at the British Soap Awards last night (24.05.14). The Manchester-based show was helped to victory by David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh, who collected six prizes between them for the moving…

Julie Hesmondhalgh to star in new gay TV drama

6 May 2014

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Julie Hesmondhalgh is to star in a new drama about modern homosexual life. The 44-year-old actress has been cast alongside Freddie Fox and Vincent Franklin in Channel 4's upcoming eight-part series 'Cucumber' - which was first announced last year…

TV bosses pitch Driving with the Stars

24 Feb 2014

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A new reality show will see celebrities teach members of the public how to drive. TV bosses are hoping to capitalise on the popularity of celebrity-led reality shows like 'Splash!' and 'The Jump' with a new car crash viewing experience, provisionally…

Julie Hesmondhalgh plans to become celebrity cleaner

23 Jan 2014

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Julie Hesmondhalgh wants to become a celebrity cleaner. The 'Coronation Street' stalwart said an emotional farewell to the show after 16 years on Monday (20.01.14) and now plans to capitalise on the popularity of her transgender character Hayley…

Coronation Street fans pay tribute to Hayley Cropper

21 Jan 2014

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'Coronation Street' fans were left distraught by Hayley Cropper's death scenes. The soap opera said goodbye to fan favourite Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) in a tear-jerking double episode last night (20.01.14), which saw the loveable transgender…

Julie Hesmondhalgh annoyed at critics

20 Jan 2014

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Julie Hesmondhalgh is "p***ed off" by critics claiming her character's suicide on 'Coronation Street' may lead to copycat deaths. The actress' alter-ego Hayley Cropper is set to take her own life on tonight's (20.01.14) episode after suffering from…

Julie Hesmondhalgh says Corrie exit felt 'holy'

18 Jan 2014

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Julie Hesmondhalgh says filming her 'Coronation Street' exit was "holy and church-like". The star - whose character Hayley Cropper will commit suicide to end her suffering from pancreatic cancer - revealed the set was unusually "silent" as they shot…

Julie Hesmondhalgh downed booze while watching Corrie exit

14 Jan 2014

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Julie Hesmondhalgh drowned her sorrows about leaving 'Coronation Street' with whisky. The 43-year-old actress is devastated about quitting the ITV soap after playing transgender fan favourite Hayley Cropper for 16 years and had to binge on booze to…

Coronation Street viewers sympathetic towards Roy

17 Dec 2013

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'Coronation Street' star Julie Hesmondhalgh thinks the show's viewers are more sympathetic towards Roy Cropper than his terminally-ill wife Hayley. The 43-year-old actress - who plays the cancer-stricken factory worker - believes the public feel…

Julie Hesmondhalgh: filming last Corrie scenes was 'upsetting'

6 Dec 2013

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Julie Hesmondhalgh found filming her final 'Coronation Street' scenes "upsetting on so many levels". The 43-year-old actress - who plays cancer patient Hayley Cropper - admits she's devastated by her exit storyline, which sees the factory worker lose…

Corrie's Roy Cropper goes missing after Hayley's death

5 Dec 2013

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'Coronation Street's Roy Cropper is set to go missing. The cafe owner - who is played by David Neilson - sparks a massive man hunt in January after he flees the cobbles following the death of his wife Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh). Hayley…

Julie Hesmondhalgh: Corrie exit won't be Christmas tear fest

19 Nov 2013

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Julie Hesmondhalgh has promised 'Coronation Street' fans her exit from the soap won't be a "Christmas tear fest". The 43-year-old actress filmed her final scenes for the ITV show as terminal cancer-sufferer Hayley Cropper yesterday (18.11.13), but…