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Rhyl woman set to play Coronation Street icon

Published date: 12 December 2012 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall
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A RHYL woman is set to play the role of a Coronation Street legend in a theatre version of the soap.

Actress, Kimberly Hart Simpson, will play Bet Lynch in a staged version of the popular ITV serial drama.

Kimberly, 25, said the opportunity means the world to her.

“Bet Lynch is such an iconic character so it’s a massive privilege to be offered the part.”

She said she is nervous about playing the role because Bet’s character is so well known to generations of Coronation Street fans.

“I grew up watching the show and you never think that you will be playing that person,” she said.

“This is probably the best opportunity I have had.

“I’m proud because I have worked hard, and when I least expected it someone thought the same and gave me a break.”

The former Rhyl High pupil will join the cast in the new year to recreate episodes that were aired in 1977.

She was offered the role by June West, who has been a casting cirector at the soap for more than 15 years, after her talent was recognised when she shared the stage with top television stars during a two-week long production in October.

Kimberly left Rhyl for London 10 years ago to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, and completed a three year course at the world famous Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

The shows, which will celebrate the work of John Stevenson, who was one of Coronation Street’s most prolific writers for 30 years, will be performed at The Lass O’Gowrie pub in Manchester on January 3, 4, 6 and 7.

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