Sally Dynevor has portrayed Coronation Street character Sally Metcalfe for almost 35 years.
The 57-year-old, who has the same name as the character she portrays, has had a main role in the popular ITV soap since she burst onto the cobbles in 1986.
She's had a number of turbulent storylines, including one centring around abuse in relationships.
Sally recently sat down with Inside Soap for a chat about the 1990s plot that saw viewers become flies on the wall during her abusive relationship with character Greg Kelly.
Mum-of-three Sally, who plays mum to Brooke Vincent and Helen Flanagan's characters, opened up about how it felt to portray such scenes.
She said: “I remember that it was one of the only storylines I’ve had where I’ve been home at night and thought, 'Today was horrendous.'
"It’s hard going through something like that, spending a day being abused and beaten up, and then coming home to live a normal life.”
Luckily, Sally's real home life is not quite as dramatic as Sally Metcalfe's
Script writer husband and Bridgerton daughter
In the popular soap, Sally is married to Tim Metcalfe. And in real life her husband is called Tim also, who she married in 1995.
Sally's husband Tim Dynevor is a scriptwriter who was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on Emmerdale in 2008.
They tied the knot in Greater Manchester, which is where Sally was born, raised and where she currently resides too.
Sally and Tim are loving parents to Phoebe, 25, Samuel, 23, and Harriet, 16.
It seems the Dynevor family have been having their fair share of success recently.
Sally's eldest daughter Phoebe took on the lead role of Daphne in the hit Netflix show Bridgerton.
Meanwhile, Sally has been awarded with an MBE in the Queen's 2021 New Year Honours list for services to drama.
At home with the Dynevor family
The actress occasionally features her gorgeous home on her Twitter account, and recently, she showed off her airy front room.
With a neutral colour scheme and beautiful white shutters, Sally clearly has style when it comes to home decor.
Sally's home away from the cobbles isn't too dissimilar to her Corrie abode. The neutral colour palette and light soft furnishings are easy on the eye and boast of an opulent feel.
During lockdown last year, Sally and her children were avid users of TikTok – often trying out the latest dance crazes and posting it for all to see.
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When she wasn't TikToking with her family, they were taking their dog for a walk down country lanes or baking.
Throughout the first lockdown of 2020, the Corrie star could often be seen jumping in on the occasional Zoom call with the Corrie cast.
Sally is an avid cyclist and has a large garden which looks perfect for sunny days and has a wooden table that sits centerstage in the space.
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The star’s home also features huge bay windows leading out to the outdoor area, which fans caught a glimpse of as Sally shared a video of herself and her two daughters completing a TikTok dance.
Sally’s daughter Phoebe shared a look inside the home as she wished her mum a Happy Mother’s Day in March.
In the background fans could see a large fireplace, a keyboard with sheet music resting on top and a picture dotted in the corner of the space.
In November 2009, Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year her character in Corrie was.
She has had chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat it, before returning to the ITV soap in July 2010 after a six-month break.
Both Sally and her character went on to make full recoveries.
Sally revealed to OK! magazine in 2019 that she still hadn’t dealt with her cancer diagnosis.
When she was diagnosed back in 2009, she described it as “such a massive shock” whilst saying she “just wanted to be there for [her] children",
Discussing the heart aching events with OK!, Sally revealed: “10 years on I still find it hard to talk about it. I try to forget I had breast cancer."
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