Soap veteran who earned two British Soap Best Actress awards for her role as Karen McDonald on Coronation Street.
She had her first major stage role at age 8 in a stage production of Wait Until Dark.
She has also had recurring roles on Scott & Bailey and Single Father.
She had a short-lived engagement to Jim Phelan before the couple separated.
She was friends with fellow Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton as a teen.