|Born||Sally Jane Lindsay
8 July 1973
Stockport, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Steve White (m. December 2013)|
Sally Jane White née Lindsay (born 8 July 1973 in Stockport, UK), is an English actress and television presenter known for her role as Shelley Unwin in the long-running ITV Soap opera Coronation Street.
Lindsay's first television appearance was at age seven when her school choir, the St Winifred's School Choir, released There's No One Quite Like Grandma, which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 1980.
Before becoming an actress, Lindsay studied English at the University of Hull and had aspirations of becoming a journalist. However, she was cast in a play and enjoyed the experience, and then studied at North Cheshire Theatre School before dabbling with stand up comedy. When she was 24, she met and became friends with comedian Peter Kay. Subsequently, Lindsay and Kay appeared together in Phoenix Nights and in the video for the Comic Relief single Is This the Way to Amarillo?. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of The Royle Family, playing Twiggy's girlfriend, Michelle.
After winning the "Best Actress" category in the Inside Soap 2005 Awards, Lindsay implied in a radio interview on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 show, where she was a regular guest, that she would be leaving the soap at the end of her contract (before the end of the year) to pursue some comedy projects. Lindsay subsequently announced that she would leave the role in 2006 after playing Shelley for five years. Lindsay returned for several episodes in late September/early October 2006.
Acting after Coronation Street
In 2010, Lindsay joined the cast of BBC Three sketch show Scallywagga on BBC Three. She also appeared as the recurring character 'tea lady' in the second series of the BBC One comedy drama Reggie Perrin co-starring Martin Clunes.
The ITV detective series Scott & Bailey, which began airing in 2011, was developed from an idea conceived by Lindsay and actress Suranne Jones. As a fan of television programmes such as Cagney & Lacey, Lindsay was interested in the concept of a programme detailing the lives of two professional women. She had originally been set to portray the character Janet Scott, but due to the birth of twin sons wasn't able to commit to this role. Lindsay appears instead as Alison Bailey, the sister of Jones' character in episodes of the first and second series but only limited appearances in the first series due to being pregnant with twins. Since August 2011, Lindsay has starred in the Sky1 comedy series Mount Pleasant as Lisa, described as a "real woman in a real marriage living in a real part of Manchester."
In 2015, she played the role of Kathy in the BBC television drama Ordinary Lies.
In September 2011, Lindsay became a permanent panellist on Loose Women, joining the show with new anchor Carol Vorderman. After one year on the panel, Lindsay made the decision to step down from her full-time role and so, since 2012, she appears as an occasional panellist. On 20 March 2014, she made her final appearance as a panellist.
After leaving Coronation Street in 2006, Lindsay concentrated on theatre work. In 2006, she played Marilyn Monroe in the musical Ella, meet Marilyn by Bonnie Greer opposite Rain Pryor at the Pleasance Ace Dome in Edinburgh and appeared in The Ho-Ho Club at the King's Head Theatre, Islington, London. In summer 2007, Lindsay played Beatrice in an open air run of Much Ado About Nothing at Stafford Castle.
Lindsay returned to the Royal Exchange in July 2009, playing Linda in the world premiere of Niel Bartlets 'Everybody Loves a Winner' for the Manchester International Festival. She then toured with Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues", which ended in November 2009.
Lindsay also appears as a regular guest contributor to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 and she launched a DVD Sally Lindsay's Party Pub Quiz (2008), shot a role in a comedy pilot Till I Die for the ITV network and starred in a radio comedy for Radio 4 Pick-Ups with John Thomson.
Lindsay voiced the character of Piella Bakewell in the 2008 BBC Wallace and Gromit film A Matter of Loaf and Death which aired on Christmas Day. She was hand picked for the role by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park after he heard her voice on the radio.
|The Royle Family||Michelle|
|2001–06||Coronation Street||Shelley Unwin|
|2005||Coronation Street Pantomime|
|2008||Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death||Piella Bakewell|
|Reggie Perrin||Tea lady|
|2011–present||Scott & Bailey||Alison Bailey|
|Mount Pleasant||Lisa Johnson|
|2012||All Star Christmas Presents||Presenter|
|2013–present||Still Open All Hours||Mrs. Agnew|
- Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (4 May 2002) - Contestant, as Dolly Parton
- 8 Out of 10 Cats (10 February 2006, 16 June 2006, 10 November 2006) - Panellist
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks (24 April 2006) - Panellist
- School's Out (11 August 2007) - Contestant
- Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong (7 March 2008, 10 October 2008) - Guest
- Celebrity Mastermind (31 December 2008) - Contestant
- As Seen on TV (6 August 2009) - Guest
- Wall of Fame (8 July 2011) - Panellist
- Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel (31 August 2011) - Guest
- The Chase: Celebrity Special (29 October 2011) - Contestant
- I Love My Country (17 August 2013) - Panellist
- Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel (16 December 2013) - Guest
- Mel and Sue (29 January 2015) - Guest
- Jamieson, Alastair (22 November 2009). "St Winifred's choir reunites for charity version of 'There's No-one Quite Like Grandma'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
- Tuesday, 26 January 2010, 13:20 GMT (26 January 2010). "Corrie's Shelley 'too busy' for return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- "Sally Lindsay says it's hard to shake off Shelley". What's on TV. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- "Scott and Bailey press pack". ITV. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- Will Martin (2011-05-17). "Suranne Jones ('Scott & Bailey') interview". CultBox. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- "Former Coronation Street stars all smiles during filming of new comedy Mount Pleasant". Manchester Evening News. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- "Ex-Corrie star lands Wallace role". BBC News. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2012.