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Former 'Coronation Street' Actress, Amanda Barrie, Comes Back Into The Spotlight On 'Celebrity Big Brother'

Date February 1, 2018 12:28

At her venerable age, Amanda Barrie became one of the oldest housemates who have ever taken part in the show Celebrity Big Brother. But she might also be one of the most exciting, owing to her glittering career and interesting personal life.

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Who is she?

This funny and feisty English actress and comedienne has starred on both TV and on stage. But she’s most famous for her character Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street, being featured in numerous storylines. In fact, Barrie had thrilled the show’s fans for 20 years, until she decided she wanted to quit the soap in 2001.

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But great acting is not the only talent Amanda has. Throughout her career, she’s been engaged in singing, dancing, ballet, pantomime, and cabarets. She also sparkled in many comedy shows, rocking her trademark pageboy haircut. One of the most recent series she starred on is The Real Marigold Hotel, where the actress traveled across India. A woman of many talents, indeed!

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Celebrity Big Brother 2018

Now, almost 20 years after she left Corrie, Amanda came back into the spotlight by entering the all-female cast of Celebrity Big Brother this year. Unfortunately, Barrie was evicted from it just a couple of days before the final. But she still managed to please her fans with her witty remarks and life stories.

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Personal life

What do we know about her private life? The actress has been married twice. Back in 1967, she tied the knot with the theater director, Robin Hunter. But their relationship did not work out, so the two separated in the 80s. Surprisingly, they remained good friends and never got divorced.

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Hunter sadly passed away in 2004. By that time, Amanda has already come out as bisexual. She married her long-term partner, Hilary Bonner when she was 79, and now the pair is happy together. The Corrie star spent years being confused about her sexuality and she didn’t want to reveal it earlier because she was afraid of being fired.

I was terrified, there was an attitude that certain people wouldn’t work with you, it was taboo.

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Now the actress advises all other people not to live by someone else’s rules because we live in a wonderful time where positive change is possible.

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