Sally Lindsay

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Sally Lindsay
Born Sally Jane Lindsay
(1973-07-08) 8 July 1973 (age 41)
Manchester, England
Years active 1999-Present
Spouse(s) Steve White (m. December 2013)
Children Twins: Victor & Louie (b. sep 2010)
2 older children
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Sally Jane White née Lindsay (born 8 July 1973 in Manchester[1]) is an English actress and television presenter best known for playing the role of Shelley Unwin in the long-running ITV Soap opera Coronation Street.

In 2001, Sally joined the cast of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. She played Shelley Unwin for five years until she left the show in 2006. Since 2011, Lindsay has played Lisa Johnson in the Sky1 comedy Mount Pleasant and Alison Bailey in the ITV drama series Scott & Bailey.

She voiced Piella Bakewell in the 2008 film Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death.

In 2011, Sally became a regular panellist on the ITV lunchtime chatshow Loose Women. After one year on the panel, Sally made the decision to step down from her full-time role and so since 2012, she appears as an occasional panellist.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lindsay's first television appearance was aged 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.[3]

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.


Coronation Street[edit]

Lindsay in character as Shelley Unwin
Main article: Coronation Street

After winning the "Best Actress" category in the Inside Soaps 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. She returned for several episodes in late September/early October 2006.

Acting after Coronation Street[edit]

In 2010 she joined the cast of the second series of BBC Three sketch show Scallywagga on BBC Three.[4] 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.[5]

The ITV detective series Scott & Bailey, which began airing in 2011, was developed from an idea conceived by Lindsay and fellow actress Suranne Jones.[6] 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. She appears instead as Alison Bailey, the sister of Jones' character in episodes of the first and second series but only limited appearances in Series 1 due to being pregnant with twins .[7] Since August 2011 she has starred in the Sky1 comedy series Mount Pleasant. She plays the character of Lisa, described as a "real woman in a real marriage living in a real part of Manchester."[8]

Loose Women[edit]

Main article: Loose Women

In September 2011, she became a permanent panellist on Loose Women, joining the show alongside new anchor Carol Vorderman. This was previously confirmed by Denise Welch on 22 July 2011 during an interview on Alan Carr: Chatty Man. She currently appears on the programme, usually once a week.


After leaving Coronation Street in 2006, Lindsay concentrated on work in the theatre. 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, she played Beatrice in an open air run of Much Ado About Nothing at Stafford Castle.

Lindsay played Helen in Shelagh Delaney's acclaimed drama A Taste of Honey in November and December 2008 at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

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.

Other work[edit]

Lindsay also appears as a regular guest and 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.

She 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 of that year. She was hand picked for the role by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park after he heard her voice on the radio.[9]


Year Series Role
2000 Fat Friends Amanda
The Royle Family Michelle
2001 Phoenix Nights Tracy
2001-06 Coronation Street Shelley Unwin
2005 Coronation Street Pantomime Shelley Unwin
2008 Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death Piella Bakewell
2010 Scallywagga Paula Appleton
Reggie Perrin Tea lady
2011— Scott & Bailey Alison Bailey
Mount Pleasant Lisa Johnson
Loose Women Panellist
2012 All Star Christmas Presents Presenter
2013 Still Open All Hours Mrs. Agnew

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