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to think if the actress who plays Gail in Corrie has been there so long she might have learnt to act by now?

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ssd Wed 06-Feb-13 19:12:40

she is flamin dreadful

MrsLouisTheroux Wed 06-Feb-13 19:24:47

She makes me angry. She must be paid quite well and is a terrible actress.

BumpingFuglies Wed 06-Feb-13 19:26:51

YANBU. On the rare occasion I have seen it, I swear I can see her strings being pulled, not to mention the splinters falling orf her grin

longingforsomesleep Wed 06-Feb-13 19:29:43

Can't decide if it's the actress or the character she plays that infuriates me so much - maybe it's both!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 06-Feb-13 19:37:25

I am intrigued by longstanding soap actors. What a strange thing to do really - the same person everyday. I suppose the character encounters situations the actor might never face, so there's some challenge there, but I kind of assumed actors go into acting partly because they want to experience different parts, different settings, different personalities.

I do think some actors who play the part for a long time are pretty crap, but some aren't but then get trapped - someone like the guy who plays Ian Beale, i could imagine him an actor with a good range if he got the chance.

I'd be interested to hear what people in the business think about it. Spose it is just horses for courses in the end....

NorbertDentressangle Wed 06-Feb-13 19:37:26

longingforsomesleep - after all these years its probably the same person as I expect shes morphed into one.

crashdoll Wed 06-Feb-13 19:41:16

I can't bear her "oh mam!" - makes my teeth itch!

ssd Wed 06-Feb-13 19:45:16


ssd Wed 06-Feb-13 19:46:38

someone on here said theres only 5 years between her and Audrey in rl, is this true?

carabos Wed 06-Feb-13 19:49:52

Doubt that ssd, Audrey was Reggie Perrin's secretary and that was about 40 years ago grin.

All I see when I see her face is E.T

zukiecat Wed 06-Feb-13 19:54:17

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OldLadyKnowsNothing Wed 06-Feb-13 19:57:52

Gail is 62. Audrey is 69. shock

chanie44 Wed 06-Feb-13 20:01:59

I think long term actors stay in their roles because they get a good solid income every month and are smart enough to realise they'd probably be waiting on tables otherwise/ or applying to work for mi5 like dean gaffney

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 06-Feb-13 20:06:43


Yes. It ain't all glamour.

lollilou Wed 06-Feb-13 20:10:22

Wow she looks pretty good for her age. I don't really watch much Corrie so can't comment on her acting but isn't she supposed to be all girly and in love with the charmer?
I think soap actors stay on because of the money and the worry they won't get anything else apart from I'm a Celebrity a few years down the

ssd Wed 06-Feb-13 20:14:17

I can get staying in the job forever if they can get away with it, but jesus you'd think she'd try to act, at least

Shakey1500 Wed 06-Feb-13 20:18:13

<slides into the thread as someone "in the business" or was, still is-ish >

It's so hard. Someone can be the best actor in the universe and it's still and always will be a case of getting them lucky breaks, being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right people and in days of yore, the casting couch grin

When a plum job comes along, it's the bee's knee's and once you're used to earning a certain income and living a certain lifestyle, is hard to give up. Unless you're willing to take the jump off the cliff. But it's rarely successful. Think Martine McCutcheon. Riding high in soapland, decent role in Love Actually (not saying she did a good job mind...), now advertising yoghurt confused The list is endless.

Also it's not as if you have to be a great actor to do soaps (or any television/film for that matter) what with the amount of re-takes at your disposal. Give me the theatre any day. Real, live, honest to goodness real time acting. No room for error, no restarting again, raw emotion, a live audience. If you fuck up then it's up to you and the rest of the cast to use your experience and get yourself out. No saying "Sorry, I forgot my line can we do that bit again?"

Any successful television/film actor who puts their money where their mouth is and takes to the stage gets my vote grin Even better if they do a Shakespeare.

<climbs off soap box <--- see what I did there?> Anyway, I agree. She hasn't the best acting skills as far as Gail goes, be interesting to see how she would do in another role. What bugs me more is Gail's shockingly bad taste in men. You'd think she have learnt by now!

ssd Wed 06-Feb-13 20:20:03

I cant get past her bad acting to notice her men

HelloMrWigglesworth Wed 06-Feb-13 20:22:13

Her brother was my Geography teacher. He was Mr Wigglesworth. So Helen Worth was born Helen Wigglesworth, hee hee.

NC for this as I might have mentioned it often in RL as it is my only connection to any famous person ever.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 06-Feb-13 20:25:37


Oooh a thesp! Bloody hard, the business they call show, or so I imagine...

butterflyroom Wed 06-Feb-13 20:32:48

How funny - OldLadyKnowsNothing

LindaMcCartneySausage Wed 06-Feb-13 20:36:37

That actress and Ken Barlow are utterly wooden. Two dining chairs could emote better. I suppose if you've been playing a character that long, it's not really acting, more a sort of professional schizophrenia.

Watch out for William Roach's eye-roll/look to the heavens, which is his way of acting every human emotion from cloth rending grief to mild annoyance that is half of Newton & Ridley is slow to arrive in the Rovers.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 06-Feb-13 20:37:57


I can imagine stage work is much more fun, but gruelling. In my alternate life not lived i would be in musical theatre. My brief experience with filming tv (i drove my cousin to a shoot once a stuck around for a couple of days) was how boooooring it was. So much technical stuff to set up, then the actors had to come and emote for five minutes, then more hanging around waiting for lighting etc. good gossip fromthe makeup lady though

LadyBeagleEyes Wed 06-Feb-13 20:40:05

She does seem lovely in RL, she does a lot of charitable work for elephants.(I like elephants grin).
I suppose she's like many of us in a safe job, she wouldn't get any other work in the industry, so sticks to doing what she knows.
I stopped watching Corrie a long time ago, about the time they decided it had to to keep up with East Enders and be utterly depressing.

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