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Thursday, 6 September 2018

Sally Ann Mathews discovers she's related to Corrie co-star


Coronation Street's DNA on telly last night was a good programme, I thought, even if it did run to a whopping 90 minutes. It gave us a little behind-the-scenes glimpse in the personal lives of some of our favourite soap stars and for that, I enjoyed it a lot. 

If you watched the show, you'll know that Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Connor, discovered that she was very distantly related to Amanda Barrie, who played Alma Baldwin.

Speaking tonight to RadioTimes.com, Sally Ann said: “Waiting for my Corrie cousin to come around the corner was torture – I was praying it was someone I liked! The joy when I saw it was Amanda was overwhelming and I thought, ‘well, of course it is, that all makes sense now.’

“We rarely had scenes together but, because of the way we worked back then, we were all in the rehearsal room together and knew everyone really well. I think we share a naughty, slightly bonkers streak. And the fact that the gift of a jug that Amanda gave me when I was 18 has been on every kitchen shelf I’ve ever had – and was one of my most treasured possessions even before I knew – clearly means something.

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4 comments:

Llal said...

It was a really interesting programme - even the actor who plays Jude came to life and provided one of the most moving moments. And the Kym Marsh segment wasn’t drawn out for too long....

Humpty Dumpty said...

I agree with the comments above. It was a (surprisingly) interesting programme, and also agree about Paddy Burke. He was really animated. It must be the writing for Jude's character. It just doesn't work. Could be the same as with Peter and Toyah where the actors looked horribly uncomfortable together. Split these two up quick and give them both another chance. I'm glad Sally Ann Matthews had the special honour: I really like Jenny and Alma.

Joseph said...

It was absolutely fascinating! I've always been interested in genealogy so I hope they do more of these with other programmes. Sally Ann Matthews seems like an absolute delight, and Paddy Burke needs to just play himself on screen because he seems really likable (unless they're making him into the next big villain in which case, scrap that). My only complaint was that the structure of the documentary was a little frenetic - maybe they could have been better off with three half-hour episodes instead of a 90-minute whopper? Sandwiched in between Corrie of course! :D

Anonymous said...

They seem to have enough material to do expanded versions in a Who Do You Think You Are series.

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