Natalie Gumede (born 20 March 1984) is an English actress and former dancer. She is best known for playing Kirsty Soames in the ITV1 soap opera Coronation Street, who is engaged to Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall. She previously played China in BBC Three's Ideal  who, along with her friend Asia (Rebecca Atkinson), is one of Moz's regular clients. Her character featured in the pilot episode, and was a regular in the first three seasons. She also appeared in The Persuasionists on BBC Two.
Gumede was born in Burnley and lived in Colne during her early life, attending Park High School. At the age of 11 while attending Pendle Hippodrome Youth Theatre, she got her big break when she was picked by BBC producers to help present the north-west regional insert for Children in Need in 1995. She attended the London Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts graduating in 2003 from a three-year course in Acting and Musical Theatre.
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