Sherrie Hewson

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Sherrie Hewson
Sherrie Hewson.jpg
Hewson in 2009
Born Sherrie Lynn Hutchinson
(1950-09-17) 17 September 1950 (age 64)
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress, presenter, broadcaster, novelist, television personality
Years active 1972–present
Television Coronation Street (1993–97, 2006)
Barbara (1999–03)
Crossroads (2001–03)
Loose Women (2003—)
Emmerdale (2004–06)
Celebrity Masterchef (2007)
Soapstar Superchef (2007)
Benidorm (2012—)
Get Your Act Together (2015)
Celebrity Big Brother (2015)
Spouse(s) Ken Boyd (m. 1983-2011; divorced)[1]
Children 1

Sherrie Lynn Hutchinson (born 17 September 1950) is an English actress, presenter, broadcaster, television personality and novelist. She is best known for her roles on the ITV soap operas Coronation Street (1993–97, 2006), Crossroads (2001–03), and Emmerdale (2004–06). In 2006, she briefly reprised her role of Maureen Webster in Coronation Street. Other television roles include playing Joyce Temple-Savage in the ITV sitcom Benidorm (2012–present). Since 2003, she has also been a regular panellist on lunchtime chat show Loose Women.

Early life[edit]

Born in Nottingham,[2][3] Hewson was brought up in Burton Joyce in a showbusiness family; her father was a singer and her mother was a model. She began performing at the age of six, touring the UK's theatres in revues with her own signature song, "You've Got to Have Heart". She was granted a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Early career[edit]

Hewson's television and screen career began in the early 1970s with early television appearances in Z Cars, The Moonstone and Within These Walls. In 1975, she joined the Carry On team for the film Carry On Behind and was subsequently cast in several episodes of the Carry On Laughing television series.

As well as further film roles in The Slipper and the Rose with Richard Chamberlain and Edith Evans and Hanover Street with Harrison Ford, Hewson became a regular fixture on television, most notably as part of a young cast of future stars in Love For Lydia. She also had a brief role in the 1979 Alan Bennett drama Afternoon Off as Erin, the ultimately unworthy object of the protagonist Lee's quest.

In the 1980s, as well as appearances in dramas such as Play for Today, The Sandbaggers, Minder, Juliet Bravo and The Gentle Touch, Hewson's talent for comedy saw her get invited to join Russ Abbot's Madhouse series where she remained an integral part of his team for over ten years, later appearing in The Russ Abbot Show. Other comedy appearances included roles in Home to Roost, Home James!, Never the Twain and Haggard, while she was also a popular foil for various comedians, including Stanley Baxter, Les Dawson, Little and Large, Cannon and Ball and Les Dennis. Her most famous role during this period was as Mary in the popular sitcom In Loving Memory with Thora Hird and Christopher Beeny.


In 1993, Hewson was cast as Maureen Webster in the UK's longest-running soap opera, Coronation Street, the dizzy, accident-prone supermarket assistant. In 1996, Hewson was due to leave the show to film the first series of the BBC's Oh, Doctor Beeching!, reprising her role of May Skinner from the 1995 pilot. Although the part had been written with her in mind, Hewson agreed to sign a new contract at the request of the Coronation Street producers, who had storylines planned for her character, and Julia Deakin took over the role of May. However, in 1997, Coronation Street's new producer Brian Park axed a number of characters, Maureen was among them. Hewson's departing episode was broadcast in October 1997. Hewson's final episode was broadcast in October 1997. In December 2006, she returned as Maureen Webster for two episodes and a brief stint.

Hewson returned to the theatre – appearing in Billy Liar and several pantomimes – and radio, notably as the lead character in a series entitled The Circle. She was also in great demand for light entertainment programmes, and made appearances on Blankety Blank, Noel's House Party and Call My Bluff among others. In 1999, Hewson was cast as Jean in the sitcom Barbara.

In 2001, Hewson joined the cast of another soap opera, as receptionist Virginia Raven in the revival of Crossroads.

In 2003, Hewson became a regular panellist on Loose Women, an ITV daytime programme. As of 2015, Hewson is the longest serving panellist on the programme.

In 2004, Hewson appeared in a celebrity edition of makeover show 10 Years Younger and underwent cosmetic surgery to her face as well as a hair and fashion overhaul. She revealed that her decision to appear was partially influenced by the breakdown of her 20-year marriage to husband Ken Boyd.

In 2004, Hewson joined the cast of Emmerdale as Lesley Meredith, mother of fishmonger Simon. She departed the show on 27 December 2006.[citation needed]

In 2007, Hewson make a number of non-acting television appearances. As well as Loose Women, she appeared in Celebrity MasterChef, Dickinson's Real Deal and was runner-up in Soapstar Superchef partnered with her former Emmerdale co-star Julia Mallam. Hewson also appeared on a celebrity special of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

In 2012, Hewson joined the cast of the sitcom Benidorm. Since its fifth series, she appears as Joyce Temple-Savage, the new manager of the Solana Hotel.[citation needed]

On 18 January 2015, Hewson took part in celebrity talent show Get Your Act Together.[4] With plate spinner illusionist Andrew Van Buren

In August 2015, Hewson took part and was a contestant in the sixteenth series of Channel 5 television show Celebrity Big Brother.


In March 2008, Hewson won BBC reality show Murder Most Famous winning the opportunity to write her own crime fiction novel, The Tannery, which was published on 5 March 2009 by Pan Macmillan as one of their 'quick reads', released annually as part of the World Book Day celebrations. In 2011, she released another book called Behind The Laughter On 13 February 2014, Hewson published a cookbook called Nana's Kitchen.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In May 1983, Hewson married Ken Boyd, whom she met in 1976 and had one daughter, Keeley, in 1984. The couple later separated after he admitted to having an affair. On 19 October 2011, Hewson announced on Loose Women that she and Boyd are now divorced.[1][6] She has professed to having a passion for Thai cuisine which forms an integral part of her diet.[7]

On 7 October 2007, the News of the World revealed that, after over thirty years in show business, Hewson had declared bankruptcy, describing the experience as "humiliating".[citation needed]

Hewson is a cousin of retired footballer Garry Birtles.[8] Hewson's mother died in 2012.[9]


Year Title Role
1993–1997, 2006 Coronation Street Maureen Webster
1999–2003 Barbara Jean Nesbitt
2001–2003 Crossroads Virginia Raven
2003— Loose Women Regular panellist
2004–2005, 2006 Emmerdale Lesley Meredith
2007 Soapstar Superchef Contestant
2012— Benidorm Joyce Temple-Savage
2015 Get Your Act Together Contestant
Celebrity Big Brother Housemate
Guest TV appearances


  1. ^ a b "Sherrie Hewson: I was attacked by my Corrrie co-star". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
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  6. ^ "Sherrie Hewson: I was battered by my lover with a cricket bat". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Loose Women, 12 September 2008, Retrieved on 14 September 2008
  8. ^ "A VIOLENT relationship, unhappy marriage, bankruptcy and suicidal thoughts". This is Nottingham. UK. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Loose Women, 7 February 2013

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