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|Born||Julie Claire Hesmondhalgh
25 February 1970
Accrington, Lancashire, England, UK
|Residence||Glossop, Derbyshire, England, UK|
|Children||Martha Mo Kershaw (b. 2001)|
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.
After nearly ten years on the show, Hesmondhalgh decided to take a break from Coronation Street for a year in order to spend more time with her family. She left on 22 October 2007, but returned on 17 November 2008.
On 11 January 2013, ITV announced that Hesmondhalgh would be leaving Coronation Street in January 2014 after 15 years, and her character will be killed off , she filmed her final scenes on 18 November 2013 (to be screened in January 2014).
Between 19 and 29 September 2012, Hesmondhalgh appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, portraying Sylvia Lancaster in Black Roses: The Killing Of Sophie Lancaster opposite Rachel Austin. The play was based on the real life story of Sylvia's late daughter, Sophie Lancaster.
Hesmondhalgh is married to actor and writer Ian Kershaw. The couple live near Glossop, Derbyshire with their daughters. In October 2001, she had her daughter Martha Mo Kershaw. She is a supporter of Manchester City and the Labour Party.
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: Trans Media Watch, Press for Change, the Albert Kennedy Trust, Maundy Relief, Exodus Onstage, British Humanist Association, and the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Foundation. She also 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.
- Catherin Cookson's The Dwelling Place (1994)
- Pat and Margaret (1994)
- Dalziel and Pascoe : The Wood Beyond (1995)
- The Bill (1997)
- Coronation Street (1998-2014)
- Loose Women (2000)
- Live Talk (2001)
|1999||National Television Awards||'Most Popular Actress'||Coronation Street
as Hayley Cropper
|British Soap Awards||'Best Onscreen Partnership'||Won|
|2013||Royal Television Society||'Best Performance in a Continuing Drama'||Won|
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