Amanda Barrie says Coronation Avenue bosses informed her to not publicly come out as homosexual

Coronation Avenue star Amanda Barrie performed Alma Sedgewick on the ITV collection for 20 years however could not come out as homosexual

Amanda Barrie was told by Corrie's bosses to not publicly come out as gay
Amanda Barrie was informed by Corrie’s bosses to not publicly come out as homosexual

Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie shockingly revealed that the cleaning soap’s bosses stopped her from publicly popping out as homosexual.

The cleaning soap icon has performed Alma Sedgewick on the ITV collection for 20 years however wasn’t allowed to be her true self.

Whereas starring within the cleaning soap from 1981 to 1982 and 1988 to 2001, she refused to verify her sexuality. It wasn’t till after that she come out.

She made an look on Wednesday’s episode of Free Girls together with her spouse Hilary Bonner and was requested what it was like being within the closet whereas on the present.

“There was no camp of any type at the moment,” Amanda defined. {There was varied individuals answerable for the present so, they name[ed] the tune. Can we name it homophobic? Name it what you want…

“What individuals did was they bought you to the press who thought ‘there is a story there’.”

She wasn’t capable of come out whereas she was on the present


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“The press got here and the exact same individuals who would’ve accomplished that might then say, ‘I am not going to work with somebody who’s homosexual’.”

The 86-year-old mentioned that each one her co-stars have been conscious of her sexuality and that ‘everybody knew I used to be homosexual!’

Discussing who she informed, Amanda mentioned: “No one at Coronation Street knew however my very shut pals Helen [Worth], Sue Nicholls and Barbara Knox.”

Amanda married her long-term associate Hilary at London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 2014. They have been collectively 10 years earlier than they wed.

“I’d been with Hilary for years and we didn’t wish to get married earlier than. I saved going, ‘Oh my God, I can’t bear a kind of receptions. Ugh!’” the actress mentioned.

“Then after I did pantomime I requested my Dandini [Cinderella’s sidekick] the place he obtained married and he mentioned Drury Lane Theatre. And I went, ‘Hilary! That’s it, we’re doing it!’”

She feared co-stars would not wish to work together with her



Amanda and Hilary on their marriage ceremony day



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The star beforehand insisted that she would have been fired from Coronation Street if she had come out throughout the Eighties.

Talking on the Dialog Avenue podcast, she mentioned: “Each week I’d come as much as the workplace. They’d go, ‘You’re popping out.’ ‘Am I?’ ‘Yeah, they’ve obtained this factor on you.’

“I spent a fortune on solicitors as a result of imagine me if that had occurred to me at the moment they might not have saved me in Coronation Street and I’ll stand by that.

“Not due to them [the producers] however due to individuals, who shall be anonymous, who would’ve mentioned, ‘I’m not working together with her.’”

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