Nikki Sanderson

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Nikki Sanderson
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Sanderson in Manchester in 2007
Nikki Ann Sanderson

(1984-03-28) 28 March 1984 (age 37)
OccupationActress, glamour model, television presenter
Years active1999–present
Known forCoronation Street (1999–2005)
Heartbeat (2008–2009)
Hollyoaks (2012–)

Nikki Ann Sanderson[1] (born 28 March 1984)[2] is an English actress and former glamour model who is known for playing Candice Stowe in the television soap opera Coronation Street,[3] Dawn Bellamy in Heartbeat[3] and Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks.[4] During her time at Coronation Street and since, she has also been a television presenter on programmes such as CD:UK,[5] Junior Eurovision[6] and Ministry of Mayhem.[7]


Sanderson was born in Blackpool, Lancashire and joined Coronation Street in 1999. She left in autumn 2005, when her character left Weatherfield to become a stylist for Status Quo.[8] Prior to this, she had appeared in children's drama Children's Ward[9] and in 2004, the hit fitness DVD Coronation Street - Funk fit.[10]

Since leaving Coronation Street she has appeared in episodes of the BBC television series' Holby City[11] and New Street Law alongside fellow Coronation Street alumni Chris Gascoyne and Chris Bisson.[12] In 2006, Sanderson appeared in a touring production of The Vagina Monologues with Jerry Hall amongst others[13] and an episode of Kay Mellor's Strictly Confidential.[14]

A keen singer, and karaoke enthusiast, Sanderson has made several television appearances singing, such as ITV's Madonna Mania,[15] Discomania,[16] Abba Mania 2 and Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes,[17] where her impression of LeAnn Rimes, singing the theme from the film Coyote Ugly, Can't Fight the Moonlight earned her the winner's spot. She has also appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars[18] in the solo 16-24 category, mentored by Sharon Osbourne where she was eliminated fifth. At the time, though, Sanderson was suffering from tonsillitis and was straining her voice to sing.

She has appeared on the cover of Loaded magazine and in August 2005,[citation needed] the cover of Maxim magazine[citation needed] and in June 2006 the cover of FHM as the headlining feature of the issue, combining a photo shoot and interview.[citation needed]

For 2006 and 2007, she was signed by sports fashion footwear brand KangaROOS for their new print advertising campaign.[19][20]

In June 2007, it was reported that Sanderson would make a brief return to Coronation Street in autumn 2007, when her character, Candice Stowe, turns up during the build up to Sarah Platt's (Tina O'Brien) wedding.[21] However these reports were later dismissed by Sanderson during an appearance on ITV's Loose Women due to "scheduling problems".[citation needed]

She appeared in the "Tuareg Productions" play Living Under One Roof at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 26–30 June 2007.[22]

Sanderson appeared in the second series of All Star Family Fortunes which aired on 25 December 2007. She made a second appearance on the first edition of the quiz's fourth series, on 20 September 2009, as part of a team representing Heartbeat.

In 2008, she joined the cast of the ITV1 series, Heartbeat, set in the 1960s, to play the part of Dawn Bellamy.[8] She plays the part of Audrey in the horror film Boogeyman 3 released in 2009.[23] She plays the character Gee Gee, a dance teacher, in the 2008 film Clubbed, an underworld drama set in the early 1980s.[24]

Sanderson featured in the 2010 UK tour of The Vagina Monologues.[22]

In September 2012, it was announced that Sanderson had joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Maxine Minniver.[25] Sanderson's first episode was aired on 5 November 2012.

In December 2012, Sanderson appeared in pantomime as Peter Pan at the Gracie Fields Theatre in Rochdale.[26]

In late 2013, Sanderson, along with her Hollyoaks co-star and on-screen boyfriend Jeremy Sheffield, appeared in character as their Hollyoaks characters Maxine and Patrick in a series of government "This is Abuse" adverts, highlighting the issues of domestic violence.[27]

For her portrayal of Maxine, Sanderson received nominations for the "Best Actress" award at the British Soap Awards 2014[28] and 2015.[29] She was also nominated for "Beat Serial Performance" at the National Television Awards 2015.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Nikki Ann Sanderson was born on 28 March 1984 in Blackpool, UK.[30] Sanderson dated her former Coronation Street co-star Danny Young from 2005 to February 2009.[31]


Year Title Role Refs. Notes
2005 Coronation Street: Pantomime Candice Stowe TV film [3][8]
2008 Clubbed Gee Gee Film [24]
Boogeyman 3 Audrey [23]
Year Title Role Notes Refs.
1999–2005 Coronation Street Candice Stowe Series regular - 397 appearances [citation needed]
2000 Children's Ward Abbie 1 episode [9]
2006–2007 New Street Law Sammy Dean 3 episodes [12]
2006 Holby City Monica Southworth 1 episode [11]
Strictly Confidential Tiffany 2 episodes [14]
2007 The Afternoon Play Natalie Bucklethwaite 1 episode [32]
2008–2009 Heartbeat Dawn Bellamy Main cast
30 episodes
2012 Casualty Amy Harris 1 episode [33]
Crime Stories Chelsea Lewis 1 episode [34]
2012–present Hollyoaks Maxine Minniver Series regular
First appearance: 6 November 2012, 500+ episodes


  1. ^ "Sweepstakes, contests, giveaways - Win money, prizes and free stuff online". Archived from the original on 30 August 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ "🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY @NikkiSanderson! 🎈 Have an awesome day full of cake & loveliness! 🎂 💗". Twitter. Hollyoaks. 28 March 2017. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Nikki steps back in time". Manchester Evening News. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, Katie (17 October 2018). "Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson prepares for new "intense" storyline for Maxine". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. ^ Pearlman, Julia (8 July 2005). "Outside Line designs new website for ITV's CD:UK". CampaignLive. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest". UK Game Shows. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  7. ^ "MINISTRY OF MAYHEM' TV PROGRAMME - 08 JAN 2005 (image)". Shutterstock. 8 January 2005. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Fylde Corrie star lands Heartbeat role". Blackpool Gazette. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Children's Ward[04/05/2000] (2000)". BFI. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Coronation Street: Funk Fit [DVD] [2004]". Amazon. 27 December 2004. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Short return for Street stylist". BBC Newqs. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b "New Street Law: Introduction". BBC - Press Office. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Stage role beckons for our Ruth". walesonline. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b Simon, Jane (16 November 2006). "STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL". mirror. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Madonna Mania (2005)". BFI. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Discomania (2004)". BFI. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Stars in Their Eyes Celebrity Special (2004)". BFI. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  18. ^ Simon, Jane (28 May 2006). "X FACTOR: BATTLE OF THE STARS". mirror. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Advertising campaign featuring actress Nikki Sanderson for KangaROOS UK. (images)". Behance. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Nikki is light on her feet". Manchester Evening News. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Short return for Street stylist". BBC News. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2007.
  22. ^ a b "Coronation Street's Nikki Sanderson Joins The Vagina Monologues". 23 August 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Rent Boogeyman 3 (2008) on DVD and Blu-ray". DVD Netflix. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Clubbed (2009)". BFI. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  25. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (28 September 2012). "'Hollyoaks': Nikki Sanderson cast as Mitzeee's sister". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Rochdale TownTalk - Peter Pan, Family Pantomime". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  27. ^ Sweney, Mark (5 December 2013). "Hollyoaks actors star in anti-abuse ads". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  28. ^ Bourne, Dianne (4 June 2014). "Nikki Sanderson crowned YOUR best dressed at British Soap Awards". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  29. ^ a b Scullard, Vickie (18 July 2015). "Down-to-earth Nikki Sanderson loves her Hollyoaks character". The Bolton News. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Blackpool-born soap siren Nikki on list for top soap actors' award". 28 April 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  31. ^ "It's over, say the Street lovebirds". 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  32. ^ "The Afternoon Play - The Real Deal". BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Casualty: Zero Sum Game". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  34. ^ "Crime Stories - Series 1 - Episode 10". RadioTimes. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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