Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston says she would ‘love playing a killer’

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Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston has hinted at wanting to play a TV villain. She says she loves playing Izzy, but thinks she would be ‘a really bad baddie’ in another role

Cherylee Houston Has Revealed That She Would Love To Be A Soap Villain
Cherylee Houston Has Revealed That She Would Love To Be A Soap Villain

Trailblazing Corrie star Cherylee Houston dropped a burning ambition after her attempt to win awards for actors with disabilities.

After 12 years as Izzy Armstrong on TV, Cherylee has revealed that she would love to be a soap villain.

The 47-year-old said: “I love playing Izzy – and I’ve always wanted to play Izzy.

“But I would love to play a killer! I want to be a really bad baddie. ”

Of course, Undies factory worker Izzy saw her fair share of baddies in her days living on cobblestones.

And her lead role doesn’t focus on her disability – Izzy has always been at the center of romantic drama and is always trying to vie for her corner as a single mother.

Cherylee attends the 2016 Manchester Pride Parade


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Off the big screen, Cherylee has been making waves as a showbiz pioneer – receiving an MBE for her services to drama and to people with disabilities.

A wheelchair user from Morecambe, Lancs, has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder.

Her former co-star Melissa Johns, who played the bitter Imogen Pascoe in a love triangle with Corrie, was born without a forearm and right hand.

The couple co-founded TripleC, an organization that helps people with disabilities access the performing arts.

And they are still celebrating after winning the BAFTA Television Profession Special Award for their efforts. Melissa and TripleC friends Monique Jarrett and Laurence Clark receive the award.

Melissa as Corrie’s Imogen



Sara Putt, Vice President of BAFTA, said: “Cherylee and Melissa have used their platform for creations for the deaf, disabled and/or neurologically disparate in the arts and have gone above and beyond. more to improve access, opportunity, and representation.”

Cherylee, who was unable to attend the presentation because she was unwell, said: “I was watching at home (wearing a prom dress spontaneously!).

“But I was in tears when I saw Melissa, Mo and Lawrence on that stage and what they represented and what they were saying and the audience reaction to it, because we never had such a thing. there at BAFTA.

“There were three very talented disabled people on stage talking about reality of representation and showing what that looks like. That’s huge.”

Melissa Johns is a disability campaigner



Melissa, 32, who now plays Miss Scott in the 1950s TV series Grantchester, says: “When you come into this industry as someone who is deaf or disabled and/or mentally handicapped, you You can feel like you’re the only one.

“Anyway, the industry is pretty lonely, we get a lot of resistance and you just have to keep pushing and pushing, regardless of coming from an underrepresented group.

“When you don’t find yourself reflected and there aren’t many people in your community, you can feel extremely isolated.”

TripleC represents over 1,300 disabled ads.

And helping them has kept Cherylee busy when Covid means she has to take cover – limiting her work as TV’s Izzy.

Jack Thorn with Monique Jarrett, Melissa Johns and Laurence Clark, Special Prize recipients at the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2022


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“TripleC has really helped me through this, because I can’t really move or anything, but I can talk,” she said.

“So I was able to turn my laptop aside and do more of, you know, interact with the team, and still create and grow the work we love. I can’t sit up without getting Bell’s Polio and Encephalitis.”

The actress said Corrie’s bosses have made filming during the pandemic as easy as possible – with her real-life partner Toby Hadoke, 48, appearing with her when locked up, playing her neighbor and caretaker Fergus.

Cherylee adds: “We did some shooting at home, we talked about the possibility of doing that or I would go back to a light start to ease me back up. They were really supportive.

“The Coronation Road Set is completely accessible with a step-free and gravel-free surrounding route.”

Cherylee Houston as Izzy armstrong


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It’s very different from when Cherylee started out and actors with disabilities are few and far between. She said: “When I left drama school in the ’90s, there was nobody.

“Julie Fernandez joined Eldorado and no one else. That tells me and my colleagues that this industry is not for you.

“In the 80s, disabled people fought for the right to live independently.

“If I had a need for care like I do now back in the 80s, I would have been locked in a care home. Two-thirds of the people who died from Covid were disabled. That has never been told.

“In the ’90s, we fought to get on the bus, we fought for education.

“People still can’t get into college because they can’t access courses.”

Cherrylee said she had to audition on the street, in the parking lot and in the hallway because there was no way.

Thankfully, times have changed a lot for the better – and in no small part due to TripleC’s work.

Meanwhile, Cherylee is looking forward to returning to Corrie, saying: “It’s great to be back with a little bit of form. Though I could really come back with a little trouble while I get better! ”

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