The former Girls Aloud star made just four guest appearances in 'Corrie' this week, but the show's producers have decided not to extend her character's storyline.
Sarah Harding’s soap career would seem to have crashed and burned after barely having taken off, with the news that her ‘Coronation Street’ character Joni Preston is to be removed from the show after just four episodes.
Former Girls Aloud singer Harding, 33, played the estranged wife of Robert Preston in the long-running ITV soap this week, but was slammed by ‘Corrie’ fans and TV critics for her acting skills. In the aftermath, the show has decided not to take up the option of extending her character’s storyline.
Sarah Harding in London earlier this week
Continue reading: Sarah Harding Axed From 'Coronation Street' After Just 4 Episodes
The former wildchild pop star will be joining the cast for a short series of guest appearances later this year.
The 33 year old singer will temporarily join the cast of the long-running soap institution for four episodes later this year. She’ll apparently play a feisty character who stirs up trouble for Tracy Barlow.
Sarah Harding is to feature briefly in 'Coronation Street' later in 2015
Continue reading: Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding To Join 'Coronation Street'
Darcy Oake - Britain's Got Talent magician finalist Darcy Oake paid a visit to the old cobbles on the set of soap opera Coronation Street. Darcy dropped by Coronation Street 'The Tour' whilst in Manchester promoting his U.K. tour. at Britain's Got Talent - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th February 2015
Samie Ghadi - Coronation Street cast members at the studios, where filming has been suspended for the day, due to the death of former corrie actress Anne Kirkbride who played Deirdre Barlow - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 20th January 2015
Katie Mcglynn - Cast members of 'Coronation Street' arrive at Manchester Piccadilly train station after attending the British Soap Awards in London the previous night (24May14) - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th May 2014
The press preview Coronation Street 'The Tour' at the old set of the British soap at Granada Studios in Manchester. Glimpses of famous locations on the cobbled street set can be seen including the infamous Rovers Return Inn, the café Roy's Rolls and the butchers Elliot & Son.
Barbera Knox rolled back the years and had somewhat of a Justin Bieber moment when she was arrested for drink driving on March 10, The BBC have reported. Knox, who plays the character of Rita Tanner on the ITV soap – and has done since 1972 – was in the car with her daughter, who was also charged. A spokesperson for Coronation Street declined to comment, but told The Independent: “This is a personal and private matter.”
Barbara Knox was arrested on suspicion of drink driving
Cheshire Police said: "Police stopped a car in Hollow Lane, Knutsford, and a 56-year-old woman from Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.” The spokeswoman added: “An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. She was bailed pending further inquiries."
Continue reading: 80-Year-Old Corrie Actress Barbara Knox Arrested For Drink Driving
Rita Tanner - aka Barbara Knox - was arrested by Knutsford police.
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, 80, has been arrested for suspected drink driving. The soap veteran - who plays Rita Tanner (previously Sullivan) - was allegedly arrested after driving herself to Cheshire's Knutsford Police Station to demand the release of her daughter - who had been arrested for the same offence.
Barbara Knox Was Arrested On Suspicion of Drink-Driving
Knox's daughter Maxine Ashcroft was reportedly pulled over and breathalysed following an afternoon out with her mum - she was found to be almost three times the legal limit for driving.
Continue reading: Coronation Street's 'Rita' Gives Knutsford Police Easiest Arrest of 2014
The lawyer for the defendant claims however that she has "no reason to lie" about Le Vell
Michael Le Vell, the former Coronation Street actor who is being tried for 12 child sex offences, could have been handed a life-line as the court statement from one of the accusing girls was deemed "inconsistent" by the actor's solicitor. Le Vell, who is on trial under his real name, Michael Turner, denies all charges of sexual abuse to the underage girls.
Le Vell prior to his three day trial
Although the accuser's lawyer stated that the allegedly abused girl had "no reason to lie," Le Vell's defence were steadfast in their claims that her stories struggled to make sense. The accusing girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons surrounding her age, claims that she was repeatedly abused by the Coronation Street actor, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the show, from the age of six until she was fourteen.
The Marmite advert has polarised audiences.
A television advert for Marmite, which uses a tongue-in-cheek approach to animal and child neglect, has prompted more than 250 complaints in less than 24 hours.
The TV ad follows a team parodying animal of child welfare officers visiting houses to save and re-home jars of Marmite neglected by their owners. Shot in a documentary style, the company's ad is part of a £2 million campaign and aired during ITV's Coronation Street, sparking a furious debate on Facebook and Twitter.
According to the Guardian, the Advertising Standards Authority received more than 250 complaints that the advert trivializes the work of animal charities and child protection agencies.
Continue reading: Is The 'Marmite' Advert Really Offensive, or Really Funny? [Video]
Channel 4 will go ahead and air its 'Dispatches' programme in which Coronation Street soap stars are shown to breach marketing rules by promoting bogus products.
Despite legal threats from ITV, Channel 4 will go ahead and air its undercover sting that reportedly shows Coronation Street actresses promoting products on Twitter that, unbeknownst to the performers involved, were fakes set up by Dispatches to expose marketing rules being breached.
Brooke Vincent: Stung By Channel 4's Dispatches.
Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans, the hour long Dispatches programme features actors including Brooke Vincent and Catherine Tyldesley who are secretly filmed receiving beauty products from a bogus “new” cosmetics firm; some of which were later tweeted about. The documentary makers set up a fake cosmetics brand “Puttana Aziendale” which means – we kid you not – “corporate whore.”
Helen Flanagan appeared to tell Twiiter followers she was alone in her Prestwich house, before thieves broke in.
The former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan has been left "shaken but unharmed" after burglars broke into her house in Prestbury, Cheshire, locking herself and a friend in a row while they stole jewellery and a mobile phone before fleeing. Police are investigating the break-in, reports BBC News.
Ms Flanagan's spokesman said she was "very shaken" though unharmed after the incident. Writing on her Twitter page earlier in the day, the I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star appeared to let slip that she was in her large detached home alone as Manchester City star boyfriend Scott Sinclair was away. "Super tired today, which makes me emotional, sensitive and mental!" she added.
The incident occurred after Helen was seen out in Alderley Edge yesterday afternoon. Later, police were seen outside the property and interviewed Helen while taking evidence from inside. A spokesman for Cheshire Police said they were treating the incident as an aggravated burglary. "We are investigating a burglary at a private address in Prestbury reported at 11.50pm on Monday 17 June," he said, "Thieves broke into the detached property and stole items of jewellery and a mobile phone."
Continue reading: Did Thieves Know Helen Flanagan Was Alone By Using Twitter?
Andrew Lancel was cleared in super quick time at Liverpool Crown Court.
Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel - real name Andrew Watkinson - has been cleared of four counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the 1990s. The actor, 42, from Liverpool had been on trial at Liverpool Crown Court though a jury took just 29 minutes to make its decision and clear the star of all wrongdoing.
Lancel, who played the devious Frank Foster on Coronation Street, was charged in November with indecently assaulting a youngster in 1994 when the pair met at a theatre group. Judge Clement Goldstone QC directed the jury to find Mr Watkinson not guilty on two of six counts he originally faced because the complainant said he couldn't be sure the alleged abuse happened before he turned 15.
Lancel, who appeared in Coronation Street in January 2011 and March 2012 denied any sexual contact ever took place between himself and the boy and maintained that he was simply a "sort of mentor" to the aspiring actor. His solicitor Stuart Nolan said in a statement, "Andrew would like to thank his family and friends and all parties for their support and prayers.He just wants to spend time with his family."
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