Tuesday 16 January 2018

Julie Hesmondhalgh back on screen after Corrie exit

Roy (David Neilson) and Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) on Coronation Street
Roy (David Neilson) and Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) on Coronation Street

Robert Dex

Former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh is making her first television appearance since her controversial exit from the soap in a new drama about 21st century gay life.

Millions of viewers tuned in to watch her character on the Street, Hayley Cropper, commit suicide in a controversial right-to-die plot in January.

The actress joined the soap in 1998 to play its first transsexual and won hearts with her on-screen romance with cafe owner Roy, played by David Neilson.

She joins Freddie Fox and and The Thick Of It star Vincent Franklin in the cast for Channel 4 drama Cucumber, which is the creation of Queer As Folk and Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies.

Hesmondhalgh plays the sister of Franklin's character Henry.

The channel is producing another series, called Banana, that will be shown on E4 and follow the same characters.

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