Patti Clare

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Patti Clare
Born 3 March 1968 (age 47)
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–
Employer ITV
Known for Role of Mary Taylor
Notable work Mary Taylor in Coronation Street
Television Coronation Street (2008–2009, 2010–)
Awards Best Comedy Performance British Soap Awards (2011)
Best Comedy Performance British Soap Awards (2013)

Patti Clare (born 3 March 1968) is a British actress, known for playing the character of Mary Taylor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

Life and career[edit]

Clare was born in the city of Manchester.[1] Her stage acting credits include playing Edith in a production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow in 2000 and the role of Mrs. Micawber in a 2005 production of the stage play David Copperfield at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.[2] Having built up extensive experience in theatre, Clare subsequently expressed interest in transitioning to television.[1]

"I was told I had to take a gamble for a year and turn theatre work down and sit it out. It was terrible. I didn't do any acting for nine months so I worked in an office and the job [on Coronation Street] came in the September."

Clare on her transition from stage to television actress.[1]

Clare was told that to achieve her goal in working in television it would be in her short-term interest to turn down theatre work. In September 2008, whilst working as an office receptionist, she was offered the part of Mary Taylor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.[1] She made her first appearance on 26 November 2008.[3] The character was initially only meant to appear in five episodes.[1] After an initial stint which ended in 2009 Clare was offered a new contract and returned to the serial in January 2010.[4] Television roles prior to and between her appearances as Mary included small roles in the children's fantasy series Young Dracula, a 2008 episode of the science-fiction series Torchwood, an episode of the historical medical drama Casualty 1909 and an episode of the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.[2][1] Concurrent to her regular role on Coronation Street Clare also appeared in the 2010 direct to DVD spin off Coronation Street: A Knight's Tale.[5]

Clare has been recognised for her comic scenes and storylines on Coronation Street. She was nominated for 'Funniest Performance' at the 2011 Inside Soap Awards and won 'Best Comedy Performance' at the 2013 British Soap Awards.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Young Dracula Nurse 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Insomnia"
2008 Torchwood Ruth 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Meat"
2008–09, 2010– Coronation Street Mary Taylor Series Regular
2009 Casualty 1909 Mrs Palmer 1 Episode, Episode Titled: Episode #1.4
2010 Doctors Geraldine Buck 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Eyes Open"
Coronation Street: A Knight's Tale Mary Taylor Coronation Street Spin-Off

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Loose Women (28 September 2010) - 1 Episode
  • This Morning (4 November 2010) - 1 Episode
  • Daybreak (18 May 2011) - 1 Episode
  • The Big Quiz: Coronation Street V. Emmerdale (2011) - TV Quiz Special


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Coronation Street star Patti Clarke says she was so desperate to be on soap she wrote to producers". The Daily Mirror. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Patti Clare — Spotlight Actresses 2011/2012". Spotlight. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mary Taylor". Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Green, Kris (9 September 2009). "Patti Clare to make Corrie comeback". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Helen Flanagan the turbanator: Corrie star matched exotic headwear with leather trousers at DVD launch". Daily Mail. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Love, Ryan (11 July 2011). "In Full: Inside Soap Awards 2011 Nominees". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (15 May 2011). "British Soap Awards 2011: The Winners". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 

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