Sally Ann Matthews

Sally Ann Matthews (born 19 September 1970) is an English actress known for roles as Jenny Bradley in Coronation Street and as Sandra Briggs in Emmerdale.

Sally Ann Matthews
Sally Ann Matthews

(1970-09-19) 19 September 1970 (age 49)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Years active1985–present
Known forSee below
TelevisionCoronation Street (1986–1991, 1993, 2015–)
Heartbeat (1995–2007)
Emmerdale (2005–06)
4 O'Clock Club (2014)


Matthews was born in Oldham, Lancashire. She played Jenny Bradley, the daughter of the villainous Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) in Coronation Street from 1986 to 1991, making a brief return in 1993. She found out in 2018 that fellow Corrie actress Amanda Barrie is her cousin.[1]

In 2005 Matthews joined the cast of Emmerdale as farmer's wife Sandra Briggs, but left less than a year later. In a recent interview with Inside Soap, the show's executive producer, Kathleen Beedles, admitted casting Matthews, well-known to soap fans from Coronation Street, in what would essentially become a minor role was a mistake. She also confirmed she would like Matthews to return to the show in some capacity in the future. She returned to Coronation Street as Jenny in February 2015.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1986–1991, 1993, 2015– Coronation Street Jenny Bradley Regular 400+ episodes
Longlisted—2015 Inside Soap Award for Best Bad Girl[3]
Longlisted—2016 Inside Soap Award for Best Bad Girl[4]
Longlisted—2019 National Television Award for Serial Drama Performance[5]
Longlisted—2019 British Soap Award for Best Actress[6]
1993 Stay Lucky Star Nurse Guest
1995–2007 Heartbeat Paula Regular
1996 Brassed Off Waitress Cameo
1996 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Tracey Recurring
1997 Common As Muck Claire Guest
2000 Dalziel and Pascoe TV Presenter Cameo
2002 Where the Heart Is Claire Finlay Guest
2005–2006 Emmerdale Sandra Briggs Regular
2006 The Catherine Tate Show Jenny Guest
2007 Waterloo Road Alison Lawson Guest
2008 The Royal Ellen Dannini Guest
2010 Being Human Orla Guest
2008 The Fixer Caroline Risdale Guest
2012 Prisoners' Wives Janet Guest
2013 Song for Marion Playground Monitor Guest
2014 4 O'Clock Club Miss Aine O'Brien Main role
2014 Murdered by My Boyfriend Neighbour Cameo


  • Judy (Lead), Framed, the Mill at Sonning, Ian Masters
  • Alison, Mum's The Word, UK Tour, Andrew Lynford
  • Dee, THE BUSINESS OF MURDER, UK Tour, Ian Masters
  • Jean Perkins, FUNNY MONEY, UK Tour, Giles Watling
  • Annie, TABLE MANNERS, UK Tour, Ian Dickens
  • Joanna Lyppiat, PRESENT LAUGHTER, UK Tour, Ian Dickens
  • Jane, KILLING TIME, UK Tour, Ian Dickens
  • Mrs Grose, TURN OF THE SCREW, UK Tour, Ian Dickens
  • Suzette, DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER, UK Tour, Ian Dickens
  • Mary Magdalene/Singer, THE PASSION/DOOMSDAY, Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter
  • Lady Montague, ROMEO & JULIET, Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter
  • Octavia, Antony & Cleopatra, Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter
  • Michele Gray, BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS, Hull Truck, Zoe Seaton
  • Vicki, MY FAT FRIEND, Oldham, Kenneth Alan Taylor
  • Stephanie/Stella Turner, Feed, Bill Kenwright Ltd, Kenneth Alan Taylor
  • Sarah Harding, THE ACCRINGTON PALS, Bolton Octagon, Sue Sutton Mayo
  • Raissa, The Suicide, Bolton Octagon, Lawrence Till
  • Daisy Hannigan, BILOXI BLUES, Manchester Library Theatre, David Fleashman


  • Iris/Octavia, Antony & Cleopatra (2 years), BBC Radio 4, Kate Rowland
  • Toni, Carr Lane Carters, BBC Radio 4
  • Nurse Jameson, MY DAD'S A BORING NERD, BBC Radio 4, Martin Jameson


  1. ^ "Coronation Street's Sally Ann Matthews is revealed to be co-star Amanda Barrie's cousin". Radio Times.
  2. ^ Jefferies, Mark (9 February 2015). "Corrie star on return after 22 years: I'm over bulimia and ready for Street". Daily Mirror.
  3. ^ Dainty, Sophie (14 July 2015). "Inside Soap Awards 2015 longlist revealed: Who's in line for Best Actor, Actress and Newcomer?". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ Sandwell, Ian (21 June 2016). "Inside Soap Awards 2016 longlist revealed: Which of your soap favourites are up for prizes?". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ Harp, Justin (16 October 2018). "Here are all the nominees for the National TV Awards 2019, including Strictly, Doctor Who and Ant & Dec". Digital Spy. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  6. ^ Dainty, Sophie (9 April 2019). "British Soap Awards 2019 nominations revealed: Which Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors stars are up?". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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