Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Denise Welch reveals sad, lonely times working at Corrie

Denise Welch, who played Natalie Horrocks in Coronation Street was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women this week where she spoke about how sad and lonely she was when she first worked on the show.

She says: “...everyone thought I was having this brilliant time and certainly for the first three or four months I was incredibly lonely. I had left the north east where we had moved back to, Matty (her son) was about nine, and I had come down to do 17 episodes, which could be done in three weeks or four weeks ‘cos you do that many.

“And then they said ‘Will you do some more, would you do some more?’ and Natalie’s house was on location so on a Sunday we would go there and I could never get home and everybody on the show pretty much lived in Manchester and I just kept thinking ‘Is anyone going to invite me for dinner or anything?’

“I just felt really lonely for a time so I always made it a point of mine that when new people came in I would make sure they were all right and I used to say we need to get a starter pack going and try to look after the young people because I could kind of deal with what happened to my life in my late 30s but for the young people their life can change very quickly.”

However, she also said she made life long friends on the soap, including Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster, Charlie Lawson, who plays Jim McDonald, and Kevin Kennedy, who played Curly Watts.

She said of Kevin Kennedy: “We both had alcohol issues during our time in Coronation Street and we kind of helped each other through those times.”

She also fondly remembered Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow and who died in 2015, saying: “She was so funny, she actually dragged me off to get my belly button pierced once, I can’t remember why. Then when I was pregnant it popped off and I never saw it again.”

Welch said it was time to leave the soap after her character, who arrived on the cobbles as Kevin Webster’s mistress, became less fun.

She said: “That was a great storyline, it was so brilliant because nobody would ever consider that someone that broke up the Websters’ marriage would then go on to be a long running character and when I was playing the real bitch that was fantastic to play but to keep Natalie in the show they had to soften her to the point that I nearly became Emily Bishop and then it was time to go."

It's always interesting, I think, to get a look behind the scenes in ways like these.

Glenda Young
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