Sally Carman

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Sally Carman
Years active1998–present

Sally Carman (born 1981) is an English actress, best known for her roles as Kelly Maguire in Shameless and as Abi Franklin in Coronation Street.

Carman was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire. At 18 she attended the LAMDA drama school in London.[1]


Carman made her major television debut in 2000 when she starred as Bridget Salsabill in British drama Bomber,[2] though she had previously featured briefly in an episode of City Central.[3] As an actress, she has also starred in Doctors, Heartbeat and Holby City.[4] She also played the character of Betty Haigh, the wife of John George Haigh, in the television film A is for Acid.[5]

In 2005 she appeared in what would be a recurring role as Kelly Maguire in Shameless. She became a more prominent character in the 2008 series, and finally a main cast member from 2009 to 2013.[6]

In 2011, she played the character Marie in the film Tyrannosaur, written and directed by Paddy Considine.[7]

On 28 January 2013, Carman appeared in the first episode of the fourth series of Moving On as Sarah, one of the main characters. She worked with writer, Karen Brown, and director, Noreen Kershaw.[citation needed]

She appeared in the second series of the BBC 1 drama Prisoners' Wives,[8] starting 14 March 2013, as Kim Haines,[9] the wife of a man falsely accused of child abuse.

In September 2014, she played the role of Mrs Casper, the mother of kestrel lover Billy, in Kes, a stage adaptation of Barry Hines’ book, A Kestrel for a Knave, at Cast in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.[10]

Carman was the lead actor in Dreamers a musical play that ran at the Oldham Coliseum in July 2015.[11]

In October 2017, Carman joined the cast of long-running ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, playing Abi Franklin, the drug-addicted mother of established teenage character, Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni).

Other interests[edit]

Carman discovered Reiki while filming Shameless, and subsequently trained at the Oldham Reiki Network. In March 2014 she started as a therapist at Buddah Beauty, a holistic therapy salon in Chorlton.[12]


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  10. ^ "South Yorkshire TV Star..." The Star. The Star. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Sally Carman:Everyone has a Dreamers". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Sally Carman Has New Career". Manchester Evening News. Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 March 2015.