Julie Hesmondhalgh

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Julie Hesmondhalgh
BornJulie Claire Hesmondhalgh
(1970-02-25) 25 February 1970 (age 42)
Accrington, Lancashire, England
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Ian Kershaw.
 
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Julie Hesmondhalgh
BornJulie Claire Hesmondhalgh
(1970-02-25) 25 February 1970 (age 42)
Accrington, Lancashire, England
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Ian Kershaw.

Julie Claire Hesmondhalgh (born 25 February 1970) is an English actress.[1][2]

Hesmondhalgh was born in Accrington, Lancashire. As a teenager, she was moderately interested in acting, but wished to become a social worker. She applied to drama school to be with her friends, and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 1988 to 1991 (one of her classmates was Benito Martinez). On finishing her training, she was a part of Arts Threshold, a small independent theatre in London, for several years. In the 1990s, she appeared in such television dramas as The Bill, Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place, and in the Victoria Wood comedic television movie Pat and Margaret.

However, she is best known for playing Hayley Cropper on the soap opera Coronation Street. Debuting on the show in 1998, she plays the first transsexual character on a British serial.[3] In March 2011 she became the first Friend of campaign group Trans Media Watch.[4]

Julie took time off during 2000 and 2001 from "Coronation Street" to have her daughter Martha Mo Kershaw born October 2001, during this time she was a panellist on Loose Women in 2000, and Live Talk in 2001.

After nearly ten years on the show, Hesmondhalgh decided to take a break from the Street for a year in order to spend more time with her family. She left on 22 October 2007, and returned on 17 November 2008.

Hesmondhalgh is married to actor and writer Ian Kershaw. The couple live near Glossop, Derbyshire to the east of Greater Manchester with their daughters.

As well as working to raise funds for other charities, such as Mood Swings Network and the Parkinson's Disease Society, Hesmondhalgh is a patron of the following charities and groups: Press for Change, the Albert Kennedy Trust, Maundy Relief, Exodus Onstage, British Humanist Association, and the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Foundation. She has also recently supported the Elizabeth Finn Care 'Wrap Up Against Poverty' campaign by donating a red anorak (in the style of her Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper) for auction by the charity.

She is a supporter of Manchester City Football Club and the Labour Party.

On 24 December 2011, Hesmondhalgh appeared on ITV's The Cube, hosted by Phillip Scofield to raise money for the Maundy Relief charity. She left the show with £20,000 to donate to the charity.

References

  1. ^ Gillings, Samantha (28 November 2000). "Answer me Getting personal with ... Hayley Cropper". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2000/nov/28/tvandradio.television4. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Chantler, Paul; Stewart, Peter (1 November 2009). Essential Radio Journalism: How to Produce and Present Radio News. A&C Black. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-0-7136-8874-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=MnOjKm0SSwYC&pg=PA179. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Transgender: A History". AlbertaTrans.org. 2007. http://www.albertatrans.org/history.shtml. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Trans Media Watch - Supporters". Trans Media Watch. 2011. http://www.transmediawatch.org/supporters.html. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 

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