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Helen Worth (born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth; 7 January 1951) is an English actress. She is known for portraying the role of Gail Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, a role that she has played since 1974. For her 40 years on the show, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Soap Awards.

Helen Worth
Born
Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth

(1951-01-07) 7 January 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceLondon, England[2]
OccupationActress
Years active1961–present
TelevisionDoctor Who (1971)
Coronation Street (1974–present)
Spouse(s)
Michael Angelis
(m. 1991; div. 2001)

Trevor Dawson (m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth was born to Alfred and Gladys Wigglesworth in Ossett and grew up in Morecambe, Lancashire. She was brought up in a middle-class family and attended private school.[3] When she was eight her parents fostered Ghanaian-born Wilson Kpikpitse, who was sent to England as an overseas student at the age of eleven and remained with the family for eight years, but moved on following the death of Worth's mother, who was killed in a hit-and-run road accident while she was on a visit to Brighton.[4]

Worth's grandmother lived in Bradford and ran a boarding house for music hall performers, which prompted her desire to perform. She took dancing lessons from the age of three, and took part in many school theatrical productions. At the age of ten, she read stories on Granada Television's Scene at 6.30, and appeared in an episode of BBC's Z-Cars. At the age of twelve she played one of the von Trapp children in a stage production of The Sound of Music, at the Palace Theatre in London, a role that kept her in London for nine months. Following this she returned to Morecambe to finish her education and later attended the Corona Theatre School in London.

CareerEdit

After graduating from drama school, Worth worked in repertory theatre, which included a year with the BBC Radio repertory company. She has had roles in films such as Oliver! (1968) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969 – she is clearly visible in the assembly scene at about 1hr 49mins), and has appeared on television in the Doctor Who story Colony in Space (1971), The Doctors, Helen: A Woman of Today (1973), Within These Walls (1974) and The Carnforth Practice (1974). She joined Coronation Street in 1974 and has remained with the soap since then.

Worth stated she doesn’t plan on leaving Coronation Street, saying she's happy with Gail's never ending drama, and that it's a job she loves. In an interview with GMTV in January 2010, Worth said she loves Gail's storylines and praised the writers for giving her some great plots over the years, and which she hopes will continue.[5] On 9 June 2014, a one-off special about Worth, Gail & Me, aired on ITV. The 30-minute documentary celebrated Worth's 40 years as Gail.[6]

AwardsEdit

Worth has been honoured twice with the Outstanding Achievement Award" at awards ceremonies for her performance as Gail in Coronation Street. In September 2006, Worth won the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at the Inside Soap Awards. Then, on 25 May 2014, Worth won the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at The British Soap Awards 2014[7] Worth received the British Soap Award for Scene of the Year in 2019 for a monologue she performed.

Personal lifeEdit

Worth has a house in London. She married Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends narrator Michael Angelis in 1991. Worth forgave Angelis when he admitted to an affair in 1995, but they divorced in 2001[8] after he strayed again with model Jennifer Khalastchi.[9] Following this, it was mistakenly reported by The Sun newspaper that Worth was dating London restaurant owner Simon Hopkinson.[10][11] Worth married London music teacher Trevor Dawson on 6 April 2013.[citation needed]

Charity workEdit

Worth is a patron of the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. She appeared on television fronting campaigns and joined them at the House of Commons in 2006, to speak about the proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Bill and campaign for the retirement of Anne, the UK's last remaining circus elephant.[12]

She is a supporter of the charity ActionAid and has visited Sierra Leone in support of its work there.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Crawford, Sue (7 March 2010). "Coronation Street's Gail in Jail: Helen Worth on soap's hottest story". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  2. ^ Crawford, Sue (7 March 2010). "Coronation Street's Gail in Jail: Helen Worth on soap's hottest story". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  3. ^ Crawford, Sue (7 March 2010). "Coronation Street's Gail in Jail: Helen Worth on soap's hottest story". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  4. ^ Rimmer, Alan. "Long-lost secret brother of Coronation Street star Helen". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 9 April 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Rimmer, Alan (26 September 2006). "Rival soaps tie on awards night". BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Gail & Me". ITV Press Centre (Press release). 30 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ Profile, itv.com. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  8. ^ Crawford, Sue (7 March 2010). "Coronation Street's Gail in Jail: Helen Worth on soap's hottest story". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Coronation Street's Helen Worth talks for the first time about her marriage break-up sadness". Daily Mirror. 12 March 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Helen Worth and her mystery man". Coronation Street Blog. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  11. ^ Eva Wiseman (18 July 2009). "Helen Worth on Simon Hopkinson". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Helen Worth". Born Free. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Helen Worth in Sierra Leone for ActionAid". Coronation Street Blog. 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.

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