Sally Jane Lindsay
8 July 1973
|Occupation(s)||Actress, television presenter, comedian|
Still Open All Hours
The Madame Blanc Mysteries
Sally Jane Lindsay (born 8 July 1973) 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
Lindsay was born in Stockport, Cheshire. 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.
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.
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
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. 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. She also appeared as the tea lady in the second series of the BBC One comedy drama Reggie Perrin co-starring Martin Clunes.
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. 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.
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).
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.
In October 2021, her Saturday night drama series The Madame Blanc Mysteries became one of the most popular new shows on Channel 5, with episodes bringing in around 2.5 million viewers to the channel.
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.
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 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). In 2018/19 she appeared in Canterbury in the pantomime Cinderella.
|2008||A Matter of Loaf and Death||Piella Bakewell||Voice|
|2018||Grace & Goliath||Herself||Recurring|
|Pond Life||Irene Buckfield||Main Role|
|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|
|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|
- "'We're over the moon': Actress Sally Lindsay speaks of her twin baby joy as she returns to TV work". 6 April 2011.
- 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.
- "The Royle Family, Series 3 Episode 6". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- "Ex-Corrie star lands Wallace role". BBC News. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- "Corrie's Shelley 'too busy' for return". Digital Spy. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- "Sally Lindsay says it's hard to shake off Shelley". What's on TV. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- "Scott and Bailey press pack". ITV. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- Will Martin (17 May 2011). "Suranne Jones ('Scott & Bailey') interview". CultBox. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "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.
- "Sally Lindsay's Posh Sleepover".
- Morris, Lauren (12 April 2021). "Where is Warwick Davis on Tenable?". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
- "The Madame Blanc Mysteries Season 1".
- "TV listings guide".
- "TV listings guide".
- "7-Day Ratings Breakdown: 11-17 October 2021". 28 October 2021.
- "Guest host line-up for BBC One's Pointless revealed". BBC. 27 May 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
- 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.
- "** CAST ANNOUNCEMENT ** Who's Who In This Year's Panto?! | Grove Theatre". Grovetheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- Power, Vicki (24 June 2017). "Actress Sally Lindsay on the cancellation of Mount Pleasant". Daily/Sunday Express. Retrieved 29 January 2019.