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How Coronation Street's screen queens conquered television

Sarah Lancashire was among the first actors to prove there was life after Weatherfield, with Suranne Jones, Sally Lindsay, Michelle Keegan and Katherine Kelly among those to follow. What is it about the soap’s women?

Coronation Street is not just a saga of families living in the shadow of a knicker factory, it’s a bona fide launchpad to an A-list career. Sarah Lancashire, Suranne Jones, Katherine Kelly, Sally Lindsay, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Keegan, Siobhan Finneran, Angela Griffin and Anne Reid all got their big break on the Street. Far from being held back by the soap, these women are taking the best roles on TV. If things carry on as they are, every show could soon be presided over by a former Saturday girl from Audrey’s hair salon.

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