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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Video: Jane Danson on 20 years as Leanne in Coronation Street

Jane Danson, who plays Coronation Street's Leanne Battersby, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women today. 

I was astounded to hear her say that she's been on Coronation Street for 20 years. Has it really been that long? Crikey! 

Jane's first apperance as Leanne Battersby was 4 July 1997 and I'm sure many of us can remember the moment the rowdy Battersby clan turned up on Coronation Street. If you can't recall, here it is in all its glory.

Jane said that when she first joined Coronation Street, the Battersbys were hated by the public. A teletext (remember that?) poll ran which showed the majority of those questioned wanted to see the back of the new, nasty family in Weatherfield.

She also mentioned her co-star Georgia Taylor, who plays her on-screen step-sister Toyah, and said it's great to have her back on the show.  They've always been friends, she says, in real life.  There was a clip from Georgia sending her love and best wishes to Jane from her holidays, which was very nice of her, I thought.

Jane also talked about her real life baby heartache as it played out in Michelle's early miscarriage storyline.  Jane has been through this in real life too but had keep it to herself. She said that working on the storyline with Kym Marsh (Michelle) helped her deal with the unspoken words and feelings she had inside her.  She praised Kym Marsh for being so supportive to her during the storyline especially as Kym had been through the experience in real life herself too.

And towards the end of the interview, there was a clip from next week's Coronation Street which showed Leanne slagging off Michelle to Robert. And as this is soap, out of sight Michelle is listening to every word. It's a good scene and one that will have lots of repercussions!

Jane has been nominated as Best Actress in the British Soap Awards this year. 

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abbyk said...

Happy Anniversary and thanks for all the entertainment! I like Leanne (I know a lot of people don't but I always have) and think Jane Danson is probably the best actress on the show. I just wish they'd let her breathe and enjoy her much longed for baby. And when she's ready to go back to work, I hope she finds something more interesting than managing the prats at the Bistro. If Tracy can run a florists, surely Leanne can do something similar.

Derelict Cucumberpatch said...

The Battersbys were an awful family (Neighbours from Hell springs to mind). All four of them, no saving graces at all. How things change! Saying that, I would never want to see Les and Janice back on the Street.

Maricha said...

Leanne has come a long way and is one of my favorite characters. I hope the writers soon turn Toyah around or stop saddling Leanne's storyline with her.

We could be seeing Leanne and Simon enjoying the new baby and adapting to his presence. Instead we get daily doses of Toyah's boring tale of woe. If my sister got involved with an ex of mine I'd at least expect her not to complain to me about her problems with him.

Laura said...

@Maricha - exactly!!!


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