Celebrity Big Brother 2013 Housemate: Vicky Entwistle

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Age 44; Star Sign Virgo; Home Town Oswaldtwistle;

Vicky Entwistle is most famous for playing the role of “loudmouth” factory worker Janice Battersby in Coronation Street.

At the age of 16, she commuted to Blackpool to study drama, while working nights at a local supermarket. For a time, she worked as a ‘bluecoat’ entertainer at Pontin’s in Devon, before she was accepted on scholarship to attend Drama Centre London, from which she graduated in 1992.

When not acting, Vicky lived off the dole, but took part-time jobs as a cleaner and helped out in her parents shop. Vicky then played Madonna freak Maxine Graham in Like A Virgin and was spotted by Granada Television casting director, Judy Hayfield. She was offered the role of machinist Janice Lee in Coronation Street and made her debut on 6th January 1997. The following month, Vicky was told that she would become the mother of the street’s new family The Battersbys and was introduced to fellow actors Bruce Jones, Jane Danson and Georgia Taylor.

On 2nd August 2010, it was announced that Vicky Entwislte was to leave the show after 13 years. Soap bosses said the actress “agonised” over her decision, but decided the show’s 50th anniversary year was the right time to say goodbye. Vicky said: “Corrie means so much to me and I could easily have continued to play Janice for the rest of my acting career. But I’ve been thinking of leaving for some time, and couldn’t deny those feelings. I’ve a hankering to do other drama projects and so if I don’t make this move now I never will.”

Last updated: Thursday 22 August 2013
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