Sally Lindsay

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Sally Lindsay
Sally Jane Lindsay

(1973-07-08) 8 July 1973 (age 49)
Occupation(s)Actress, television presenter, comedian
Years active1999–present
TelevisionCoronation Street
Loose Women
Mount Pleasant
Still Open All Hours
The Madame Blanc Mysteries
(m. 2013)

Sally Jane Lindsay (born 8 July 1973)[citation needed] is an English actress and television presenter known for her roles as Shelley Unwin in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, Lisa Johnson in the Sky One comedy series Mount Pleasant and Kath Agnew in the BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours.

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Lindsay was born in Stockport, Cheshire.[1] Her first television appearance was at the age of seven on Top of the Pops 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.[2]

Lindsay attended St. Winifred's Primary School in Heaton Mersey, Stockport until 1984 when she attended St Anne's RC High School in Heaton Chapel, Stockport. 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 in stand up comedy.

When she was 24, she met and became friends with comedian Peter Kay. Subsequently, they 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.[3]


Coronation Street[edit]

After winning the "Best Actress" category in the Inside Soap 2005 Awards, Lindsay announced that she would be leaving Coronation Street at the end of her contract to pursue comedy projects, after playing Shelley for five years. She returned for several episodes in September 2006.

Lindsay was spotted on the set of Coronation Street in 2019 before it was revealed that she was filming a documentary for the show to celebrate its 60th anniversary. She has narrated numerous shows for the programme.

Acting after Coronation Street[edit]

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 handpicked for the role by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park after he heard her voice on the radio.[4] In 2008, Lindsay took first place on an episode of Celebrity Mastermind on the subject of the Carry On films. 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. In 2010, Lindsay joined the cast of BBC Three sketch show Scallywagga on BBC Three.[5] She also appeared as the tea lady in the second series of the BBC One comedy drama Reggie Perrin co-starring Martin Clunes.[6]

The ITV detective series Scott & Bailey, which began airing in 2011, was developed from an idea conceived by Lindsay and fellow Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones.[7] 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, was not able to commit to this role. Lindsay appears instead as Alison Bailey, the sister of Jones's character in episodes of all five series though, due to her pregnancy, with only limited appearances in the first series.[8]

From 2011 to 2018, Lindsay appeared in the Sky 1 comedy series Mount Pleasant as Lisa, described as a "real woman in a real marriage living in a real part of Manchester".[9]

Since 2013, Lindsay has played Kath Agnew in BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours. In 2014, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Citizen Khan playing the role of care worker, Sam. In 2015, she played the role of Kathy in the BBC television drama Ordinary Lies. Sally has appeared in the RTS award-winning series Moving On. She later appeared in Channel 5 drama Cold Call, alongside Mount Pleasant co-star Daniel Ryan and Dial M for Middlesbrough on Gold in 2019.

She appeared with actor Nigel Havers in the Channel 5 show Sally and Nigel’s Posh Hotel, which was followed up by a show in which they became British Airways cabin crew and a spin-off show in 2021 (without Havers) called Sally Lindsay’s Posh Sleepover, featuring Lindsay looking at the lifestyles of the rich and the expensive houses they live in (with places like a townhouse in Mayfair featured).[10]

In April 2021, Lindsay became the interim host of the ITV quiz show Tenable, replacing Warwick Davis for a run of 25 episodes over a five-week period as a result of Davis being unable to film due to scheduling conflicts.[11]

In October 2021, her Saturday night[12][13][14] drama series The Madame Blanc Mysteries[15] became one of the most popular new shows on Channel 5, with episodes bringing in around 2.5 million viewers to the channel.[16]

In May 2022 the BBC announced that Lindsay would be one of the guest presenters to take over Richard Osman's role on Pointless. [17]

Loose Women[edit]

In September 2011, Lindsay became a permanent panellist on Loose Women, replacing Coleen Nolan, who decided to leave the show the previous series. On 20 March 2014, she made her final appearance as a panellist.[18]

In Series 16, she appeared a total of 53 times. In Series 17 she appeared a total of 22 times. In Series 18 she appeared 25 times.


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 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 Bartlet's 'Everybody Loves a Winner' for the Manchester International Festival. She then toured with Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, which ended in November 2009.

Sally appeared in pantomime in Sleeping Beauty at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, in December 2017, as the wicked fairy Carabosse, alongside John Partridge (EastEnders) and Rebecca Keatley (CBeebies).[19] In 2018/19 she appeared in Canterbury in the pantomime Cinderella.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 Lindsay married the former drummer of The Style Council and Paul Weller Band, Steve White. They have twin boys, Vic and Louie.[20]

She appeared in an episode of Through the Keyhole in December 2018, where it was revealed that she lived in Heaton Mersey.



Year Series Role Notes
2008 A Matter of Loaf and Death Piella Bakewell Voice
2018 Grace & Goliath Herself Recurring
Pond Life Irene Buckfield Main Role


Year Series Role Notes
2000 Fat Friends Amanda Episode: "Fat Free"
2000 The Royle Family Michelle Episode: "The Christening"
2001 Phoenix Nights Tracy Burns Episode: "Singles Night"
2001–2006 Coronation Street Shelley Unwin 759 episodes
2009 Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder Shirley 2 episodes
2010 Scallywagga Paula Appleton All 6 episodes
2010 Reggie Perrin Tea lady 3 episodes
2011-2014 Loose Women Herself Regular Panelist
2011–2016 Scott & Bailey Alison Bailey 12 episodes
2011–2017 Mount Pleasant Lisa Johnson All 53 episodes
2011 Little Crackers Miss Foley 1 Episode
2013–2019 Still Open All Hours Kath Agnew 36 episodes
2014 Citizen Khan Sam Episode: "Naani's Return"
2015 Ordinary Lies Kathy 6 episodes
2015 Comedy Feeds Ramona Episode: "Fishbowl"
2017 Murdered for Being Different Tracey Maltby TV film
2018 Moving On Cath Episode: "Two Fat Ladies"
2018 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Lynn Foreman Episode: #15.6
2019 Porters Linda Porter Episode: "Baby Mama"
2019 Cold Call June Clarke All 4 episodes
2019 Dial M for Middlesbrough Evie TV film
2020 Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Isobel Harris Episode: "Reputation, Reputation, Reputation!"
2020–2021 The World According to Grandpa Halifax The Rabbit Voice: All 18 episodes
2021 Intruder FLO Karen Bailey All 4 episodes
2021–present The Madame Blanc Mysteries Jean White All 6 episodes
2021–present Tenable Herself Presenter
2022–present Pointless Herself Co-presenter

Theatre Credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Ella, meet Marilyn Marilyn Monroe Pleasance Ace Dome, Edinburgh
The Ho-Ho Club Various Kings Head Theatre
2007 Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Stafford Castle
2008 A Taste of Honey Helen Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
2015-2016 Dick Whittington Fairy Godmother Liverpool Empire
2017-2018 Sleeping Beauty Wicked Queen Grove Theatre, Dunstable
2018-2019 Cinderella Fairy Godmother Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


  1. ^ "'We're over the moon': Actress Sally Lindsay speaks of her twin baby joy as she returns to TV work". 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "The Royle Family, Series 3 Episode 6". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Ex-Corrie star lands Wallace role". BBC News. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Corrie's Shelley 'too busy' for return". Digital Spy. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Sally Lindsay says it's hard to shake off Shelley". What's on TV. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Scott and Bailey press pack". ITV. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  8. ^ Will Martin (17 May 2011). "Suranne Jones ('Scott & Bailey') interview". CultBox. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Former Coronation Street stars all smiles during filming of new comedy Mount Pleasant". Manchester Evening News. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Sally Lindsay's Posh Sleepover".
  11. ^ Morris, Lauren (12 April 2021). "Where is Warwick Davis on Tenable?". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  12. ^ "The Madame Blanc Mysteries Season 1".
  13. ^ "TV listings guide".
  14. ^ "TV listings guide".
  15. ^ "My5".
  16. ^ "7-Day Ratings Breakdown: 11-17 October 2021". 28 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Guest host line-up for BBC One's Pointless revealed". BBC. 27 May 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  18. ^ Jefferies, Mark (8 August 2012). "Sally Lindsay scaling down from Loose Women to spend more time with her twin boys — Mirror Online". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  19. ^ "** CAST ANNOUNCEMENT ** Who's Who In This Year's Panto?! | Grove Theatre". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  20. ^ Power, Vicki (24 June 2017). "Actress Sally Lindsay on the cancellation of Mount Pleasant". Daily/Sunday Express. Retrieved 29 January 2019.

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