A telethon is a televised fundraising event that lasts many hours or even days, the purpose of which is to raise money for a charitable, political or other purportedly worthy cause. Most telethons feature heavy solicitations for pledges combined with variety show style entertainment, the equivalent term for a radio broadcast is a radiothon, most radiothons do not include the entertainment. In 1949, Milton Berle hosted the first ever telethon, raising $1,100,000 for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation over the course of 16 hours, the first published appearance of the word telethon was in the following days newspapers. One of the first continuing annual telethons in the United States was the United Cerebral Palsy telethon and he continued to host New York-based segments on the telethon through the 1980s. The telethon is now defunct as UCP raises funds through other means, by 1955 televised telethons had become a familiar enough part of American culture to be parodied that year in the film noir Tight Spot as comic relief.
That began broadcasting as a 22-hour event on the first weekend of March 1954, as of 2016, WBAY has presented the telethon for 62 years. The Crusade is famous for the legions of firefighters who collect money at road blocks at intersections throughout the area each May and June. The Crusade annually collects more than $5 million in donations for a variety of child-related charities and causes, the most-broadcast telethon to date was the January 22,2010 Hope for Haiti Now telethon, to aid the victims of the January 10th earthquake. It offered the possibility for viewers to text donations on cell phones, in the United States, telethons are held for various Charitable organizations, as of 2012, however, no national telethons currently exist. The MDA telethon had its final edition in 2014, before it was announced in May 2015 that the MDA was discontinuing its annual event. In the past, other such as the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, United Cerebral Palsy. On PBS member stations, the recent practice of pre-produced pledge breaks has become common, trinity Broadcasting Network, a religious television network, hosts non-stop, week-long, semi-annual telethons called Praise-a-Thons.
The Christian Broadcasting Network stages a modified form of a telethon thrice yearly, other religious stations and networks hold telethons as well, including West Coast Chabad Lubavitch since 1980. For a brief time in the early 1970s, beginning in 1972, the telethon idea was created and promoted by John Y. Brown, Jr. the businessman who built Kentucky Fried Chicken into a worldwide chain, New York City features a telethon of sorts, the WFAN Radiothon, by virtue of its two drive time shows being simulcast on cable television, has portions covered on television. Since 2010, this has included the portion covering Boomer and Carton in the Morning on CBS Sports Network and Mikes On on Fox Sports 1/2. From 2002 to 2007, the shows in question were Imus in the Morning on MSNBC and Mike, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital orchestrates a series of Radio Cares for St. Jude radiothons on local radio stations of various formats across the United States each year. Garden City High School in Garden City, Kansas holds annual telethons to fund the schools broadcasting, debate
Sunita Alahan is a fictional character from the British soap opera Coronation Street, played by Shobna Gulati. She made her first screen appearance on 23 March 2001 and remained in the show until 2006, in 2009, Sunita returned to Coronation Street as a full-time character, reintroduced by producer Kim Crowther. In November 2012, Gulati announced that she had quit the soap once more, Sunita died on 3 April 2013 as she succumbs to the injuries she sustained during the Rovers Return fire, caused by her ex-illicit lover Karl Munro. Sunitas funeral took place on 12 April 2013, Sunita calls her boss Dev Alahan, asking for help as she does not want to go ahead with an arranged marriage. She arrives in Weatherfield on 23 March 2001, days before she is due to go to India. Sunita tells Dev that she not want to marry her fiance. Her parents and Suresh dismiss her fears as pre-wedding nerves, Sunita stands by her decision accepting a job in Devs shop in Coronation Street and residency in the flat above.
Sunita leaves the shop and gets a job working at The Rovers Return pub as a barmaid and she begins dating Ciaran McCarthy, causing problems in her friendship with Shelley Unwin as he had tried to cause trouble between her and his friend Peter Barlow. Ciaran is arrested as he was absent from the Navy without leave, when Sunita starts to develop feelings for Dev, Ciaran returns and they resume their relationship. Ciaran proposes and she accepts but he changes his mind about getting married, tracy Barlow finds out and tells Sunita, and she confronts him. Despite Ciaran denying Tracys claims, Sunita calls off the wedding and she briefly dates Danny Baldwin but ends it after discovering he is married. Sunita collapses and is diagnosed with an aneurysm and a brain tumour, Devs partner, Maya Sharma, who is friends with Dannys wife, Frankie Baldwin, becomes suspicious and using Devs keys, sneaks into Sunitas flat and finds a pregnancy test kit. She returns to find Sunita and Dev hugging and assumes that Sunita is pregnant until Dev tells her what is really wrong, the seriousness of Sunitas condition makes Dev realise how he feels about Sunita and he ends his relationship with Maya.
Sunita has her operation and makes a full recovery, Dev tells Sunita of his feelings for her and proposes. Sunita happily accepts and they begin planning the wedding, Maya is furious and planning revenge, steals Sunitas birth certificate and using Sunitas identity, marries seven illegal immigrants and alerts the authorities. Sunita is arrested for bigamy on her and Devs wedding day, Dev clears Sunitas name and Mayas guilt is made clear and Sunita is released and Maya is arrested but released on bail. Angry that her scheme failed, Maya sets fire to Devs shops around Manchester and she holds Sunita hostage in Devs flat, tying her up and gagging her mouth with tape, and takes Dev hostage when he returns. Maya sets fire to the corner shop and Dev are rescued by Ciaran and Charlie Stubbs but when Maya realises they have escaped, she tries to run them over but crashes and a truck crashes into her
Sean Tully is a fictional character in the UK television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Portrayed by actor Antony Cotton, the character first appeared on 13 July 2003 for one episode, Sean is introduced as a gay colleague of Martin Platt and Karl Foster. Some months after his first appearance Sean comes to Coronation Street, karls ex-boyfriend Todd Grimshaw recognises Sean and takes him for a drink at The Rovers. When Todds mother Eileen Grimshaw meets Sean she likes him and offers him a place to stay and her other son, Jason Grimshaw, is not pleased but warms to the idea. Sean gets a job at Underworld, where he makes friends with Fiz Brown, Violet Wilson, Seans close friend, moves to the Street and begins dating Jamie Baldwin, who Sean becomes close to. When Jamie seems to be losing interest in Violet she fears he is secretly gay, Sean is shocked to discover that Jamie is actually in love with his stepmother, Frankie Baldwin. Sean supports both Violet and Jamie when Violet ends their relationship, when Violet suffers an ectopic pregnancy she is told her chances of conceiving have been reduced.
Violet becomes desperate to have a baby and suggests she, Sean agrees and, despite her fertility issues, Violet becomes pregnant via self-administered artificial insemination. Sean accompanies Violet to her 12-week scan, where he attracted to the sonographer. When Violet realises she is in labour at the Rovers it is Sean, not Jamie, Sean is delighted that he was the first person his son saw and bonds with Dylan while Violet is in hospital, upsetting both her and Jamie. Sean suggests calling him Dylan Wilson-Tully and asks Violet to put his name on the birth certificate, Violet ignores both suggestions, naming her son Dylan James Wilson and putting Jamies name on the birth certificate. Fed up with Sean being a wheel and Violet move to London with Dylan. Sean becomes close friends with Tom Kerrigan, business partner of his boss Carla Connor, when Sean tries to kiss Tom, he tells him he is straight and actually interested in Seans friend Kelly. Realising things are awkward between Sean and Tom, Marcus questions Sean, who lies and says Tom made a pass at him rather than the way around.
Marcus angrily punches Tom, but is furious to discover Sean was the one in the wrong, with Sean having already been jealous at Marcuss friendships with other gay men, Marcus realises there is no trust left in their relationship and departs for London. After joining a gym with Jason, Sean becomes attracted to fellow member Leon, when Leon mistakenly thinks Jason is Seans ex-boyfriend Sean doesnt correct him, and is pleased that Leon seems happy to hear he is single. However, Sean is left disappointed when it turns out Leon is actually interested in Jason, Sean decides that he wants to track down Violet and Dylan, as his son would now be two years old. He finds Violet via a social networking site and sets up a page using Liz McDonalds identity, the scheme backfires when Liz finds out what Sean has done and she fires him from the Rovers
Children in Need
BBC Children in Need is the BBCs UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £600 million for disabled children, One of the highlights is an annual telethon, held in November and televised on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Two, and BBC Two HD from 7,30 pm until 2 am. Pudsey Bear is BBC Children in Needs mascot, whilst Terry Wogan was a long-standing host, following the temporary closure of Television Centre, the telethon broadcasts now take place at the BBC Elstree Centre. BBC Children in Need will move back to its home of BBC Television Centre in 2017. The BBCs first broadcast charity appeal took place in 1927, in the form of a radio broadcast on Christmas Day. It raised about £1,143, which equates to about £27,150 by todays standards, the first televised appeal took place in 1955 and was called the Childrens Hour Christmas Appeal, with the yellow glove puppet Sooty Bear and Harry Corbett fronting it. The Christmas Day Appeals continued on TV and radio until 1979, during that time a total of £625,836 was raised.
Terry Wogan first appeared during this five-minute appeal in 1978, sometimes cartoon characters such as Peter Pan and Tom and Jerry were used. In 1980, the first Children in Need telethon was broadcast and it was devoted to raising money exclusively destined for charities working with children in the United Kingdom. The new format, presented by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen, saw an increase in public donations. This format has grown in scope to incorporate further events broadcast on radio, as a regular presenter, Wogan has become firmly associated with the annual event, continuing to front the event until 2014 stepping down due to ill health. In 1988, BBC Children in Need became a charity in England and Wales. An award called the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year has been presented since 2016 to someone who has gone above and beyond to help raise money for Children in Need. The award was set up by Terrys family and was presented by Terrys son, featured celebrities often include those from programmes on rival network ITV, including some appearing in-character, and/or from the sets of their own programmes.
A performance by BBC newsreaders became an annual fixture, stars of newly opened West End musicals regularly perform a number from their show in the evening after curtain call in their respective theatres. Unlike the other BBC charity telethon Comic Relief, Children in Need relies a lot on the BBC regions for input into the telethon night, the BBC English regions all have around 5–8-minute round-ups every hour during the telethon. This does not interrupt the schedule of items shown from BBC Television Centre as presenter Terry Wogan usually hands over to the regions, giving those in the main network studio a short break. However BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland opted out of the schedule with a lot of local fundraising news
Shobna Gulati is a British actress and dancer. From 13 March 2013 to 30 May 2014, Gulati appeared as a panellist on the lunchtime chatshow Loose Women, Gulati is one of very few actors to have appeared in both Coronation Street and its rival series EastEnders. Gulati was born in Oldham, Lancashire to parents of Hindu Indian descent and she has a degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern politics from the University of Manchester. One of Gulatis earliest appearances was as a dancer in the video for Boy Georges 1991 single Bow Down Mister. In the late 1990s, she received excellent reviews for her work in Victoria Woods BBC sitcom Dinnerladies as a main character, this finished in 2000 after two years and she appeared in both series. Gulati has appeared on the TV quiz shows Call My Bluff, Have I Got News for You, The Weakest Link, Russian Roulette, in early 2006, Gulati took part in the Reality TV series Soapstar Superstar. In October 2006, Gulati appeared at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a short skit featured in The Secret Policemans Ball, in the sketch, Gulati and co-star Nitin Ganatra play a holidaying couple who are under the mistaken belief Guantanamo Bay is a holiday resort.
The sketch starred American actors Chevy Chase and Seth Green, Gulati has recently been seen as one of many storytellers in the CBBC revival of Jackanory and in the UK tour of the hit play Girls Night by Louise Roche. She appeared on the Channel 4 special Empires Children, tracing her familys history during the partition of India, in summer 2007, she appeared in Pretend You Have Big Buildings at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. In 2008, Gulati made her debut as a filmmaker, producing the short film Akshay for the motirotis 60x60 Secs and this was shortlisted for the Satyajit Ray, short film awards. During this same period, the returned to her Coronation Street role as Sunita Alahan. On 11 June 2009, Gulati appeared in the BBC1 programme Celebrity MasterChef and she did the first stage tour of Dinnerladies in early 2009 and she has appeared as a guest story teller for. Upon announcing her departure from Coronation Street, the actress expressed her desire to write, in 2016, she appeared in the ITV/Netflix series Paranoid.
Gulati made a guest appearance on Casualty on 29th October 2016, in 2017, she will appear as Saba in the British romantic comedy film Finding Fatimah. Gulati made her Loose Women debut on the 18 November 2010 to celebrate 50 years of Coronation Street, appearing alongside regulars Kate Thornton, Sherrie Hewson, Gulati returned to the show on 11 April 2012 appearing alongside regulars Andrea McLean, Jane McDonald and Janet Street-Porter during soap week. Gulati made 17 appearances in Series 17 and 12 appearances during Series 18, Gulati is the daughter of Dr K. A. Gulati who arrived in Oldham from Bombay, India in 1960 and she has a younger brother and older sisters Sushma and Hema. Gulati married the architect Anshu Srivastava in a Hindu ceremony on 10 November 1990 and she lived separately from her husband and became pregnant with Akshay
Kimberley Gail Marsh is an English actress and former singer and songwriter, best known for playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street since 2006. Marsh rose to prominence in 2000 after winning Popstars with the band HearSay before leaving the group in 2002 and she started a solo career with her album Standing Tall, which spawned two top ten singles. In 2010, she participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar, Marsh was born in Whiston and raised in Garswood, in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, Merseyside. Marsh provided session vocals for artists including Matt Darey, and Hemstock & Jennings and she sang in Norwegian for their track Arctic, which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk, and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track was released in the UK via Positiva and reached number 14 in the UK charts In late 2000 and she was one of the five singers chosen for the newly formed band HearSay, along with Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan.
In March 2001, HearSay released their first single Pure and Simple, the song went straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 2001, selling just under 550,000 copies. The group released their single, The Way to Your Love. The song became their second consecutive number 1 single, shortly afterwards the group toured the UK. In January 2002, Marsh announced that she was leaving HearSay and she revealed that she had often fought with Myleene Klass and Noel Sullivan. Auditions were held to find a replacement for Marsh, but the split up in October 2002. On 14 March 2014, while she was appearing on an episode of the Channel 4 programme 8 Out of 10 Cats, after a while out of the spotlight Marsh signed a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, went to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and her single, Come on Over. In July 2003, Marsh released her solo album, Standing Tall. However, her third single, stalled at number 35. Marsh has said that she would like to return to one day. In early 2006, Marsh entered Making Your Mind Up, a show intended to pick a singer, with a song, called Whisper to Me, Marsh came fourth in the contest, which was won by Daz Sampson.
Marsh made her acting debut in 2005, in an episode of the BBC One afternoon soap opera Doctors. On 14 December 2008, she appeared as a presenter on The X Factor final and she presented for Alexandra Burke in North London, Burkes home town
James Jay Brown is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Jamie Borthwick. He made his first appearance on 14 December 2006, Jay is mentioned in 2006 when his dying grandmother Evie Brown tells his grandfather Bert Atkinson that he has a grandson. Their daughter, Karen, is Jays mother and is dead from breast cancer, Jay appears after Evies funeral, when he is taken to live with Bert in Walford, per Evies wishes. Jay is a youth, he steals, breaks into Pauline Fowlers house. When Jays father Jase Dyer arrives, Bert leaves to allow Jay, Jay continues getting into trouble, becoming involved with a gang of older boys, known as the E20 crew, led by Tegs Teague. Jay helps them shoplift, and they give him a knife, the gang terrorises Dot Branning and Jay steals her keys so they can break into her house. The gang orders Jay to throw a brick through Dots window, Tegs confronts Jay and a fight ensues, with Jay being stabbed in the leg. Tegs is arrested and his mother Tina Teague tries to threaten Jay from testifying against her son at his trial, she is scared off by Jases girlfriend Dawn Swann.
Jay gives evidence at the trial and Tegs is sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institute, li Jay and Jase try to flee Walford when Jase double-crosses a football firm but Dawn stops their departure by setting a date for her and Jases wedding. The firm, led by Terry Bates, holds Jay hostage to get revenge on Jase, Jase is able to save Jay with Billy Mitchells help but is beaten to death by Terrys men, and Billy, too frightened to intervene, leaves Jase to die. Jay accuses Dawn of causing his fathers death and goes into care to get away from her, Jay is fostered by Billy, who is wracked with guilt for not saving Jase from the gang. Jays behaviour worsens when he plans an attack on Dawn. Jay and Billy move into a flat with Janine Butcher, who tries to get rid of Jay by stealing and blaming it on him, feeling unwanted, Jay befriends Marissa Moore, who works at a brothel, and they plan to run away together. When Marissa backs out, Jay runs away alone and sleeps rough, Terrys trial for Jases murder approaches and Jay is furious to learn that, rather than attempting to help Jase, Billy hid to save himself.
Terrys wife, Viv Bates, threatens to hurt Jay if Billy testifies, Jay is taken hostage by Terrys firm as a security measure, and Billy risks his own life to save him. Billy and Jay are both rescued by the police and Billy testifies, which results in Terry receiving life imprisonment for murder and Jay move in with Billys relative Phil Mitchells. Phil gives Jay a job as a mechanic and they bond, Phil is proud of Jay when he overpowers Connor Stanley, a man who sells stolen goods for Phil. In doing so, Jay stops Connor stealing Phils profits, impressed with Jays courage, Phil is pleased when Jay decides to change his surname to Mitchell, though it upsets Phils son Ben Mitchell
John Partridge (actor)
He has worked extensively as a singer and dancer in musical theatre, portraying Rum Tum Tugger in the official film production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical Cats. Partridge initially trained in ballet at the Royal Ballet Lower School and he went on to train in musical theatre at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts and Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. He left college early at the age of 16, to join the cast of the original UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical Cats, Partridge joined the touring cast of Cats in 1988 and was dance captain from 1989 to 1990. He played the roles of Alonzo and Rumpus Cat and understudied the roles of Mr. Mistoffelees, Partridge returned to the West End cast of the show prior to its closure in 2002 and has appeared as Rum Tum Tugger in the German production in Düsseldorf. He has appeared in commercials for Foxs Biscuits, Colgate Toothpaste, Maltesers. He has been a guest on daytime chat shows such as This Morning and his last appearance was on 15 November 2012.
Partridge worked as a choreographer on the show, Partridge has worked with several rock and pop acts, including U2, Pet Shop Boys, Kim Wilde, Neneh Cherry, Pete Townshend, Mica Paris and Ultra Nate. In April 2010, Partridge was a guest panellist on an episode of ITVs Celebrity Juice, in November 2010, Partridge was awarded the Entertainer of the Year award at the annual Stonewall Awards ceremony. Since 2010, Partridge has presented the National Lottery and has co-presented the programme with Jenni Falconer since 2011, on 12 December 2010 he appeared on All Star Family Fortunes to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust but lost to Caroline Flack. During Christmas and New Year of 2011 and 2012, Partridge starred as Prince Charming in the pantomime Cinderella at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, on 7 September 2012, Partridge announced that he would be leaving EastEnders filming his final scenes two weeks later. Partridge briefly reprised the role in May 2014 for two episodes when his character attended the funeral of Lucy Beale, in January 2015, it was announced that Partridge will be reprising the role once again for a week-long stint to celebrate EastEnders 30th anniversary celebrations in February 2015.
He appeared on Lets Dance for Comic Relief in 2013 with his co-stars to perform one of the numbers from A Chorus Line, in August 2014, Partridge appeared in Tumble, a gymnastics reality show airing on BBC One. He became the celebrity to leave the competition. In September 2014, Partridge released his first album, entitled Dames, Dudes + Cowboys Too and he held a launch party to promote the release of the album at The Borderline, a London club, on Wednesday 17 September 2014. In November 2015 it was announced that he will play Billy Flynn in the 2016 UK tour of Chicago, in January 2016 it was announced that he would be taking part in the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother. He left the house on 5 February having finished in sixth place, in April 2016 Partridge said he was thrilled to be returning to EastEnders that year. Partridge has been in a partnership with Jon Tsouras, an actor. Partridges mother suffers from Alzheimers disease, in August 2014 he revealed he has lost four stone since 2012 due to the stress of seeing his mother develop the disease
A crossover is the placement of two or more otherwise discrete fictional characters, settings, or universes into the context of a single story. They can arise from legal agreements between the relevant copyright holders, unauthorized efforts by fans or common corporate ownership, Crossovers often occur in an official capacity in order for the intellectual property rights holders to reap the financial reward of combining two or more popular, established properties. In other cases, the crossover can serve to introduce a new derivative of an older one. They may involve using characters that have passed into the domain with those concurrently under copyright protection. A crossover story may try to explain its own reason for the crossover, some crossovers are not explained at all. Others are absurd or simply impossible within the setting, and have to be ignored by the series respective continuities. Still others intentionally make the relations between two or more fictional universes confusing, as with The Simpsons and Futurama, where each show is fiction in the other.
Crossovers of multiple characters owned by one company or published by one publisher, have used to set an established continuity. This is especially true of comic book publishers, as different characters in various Marvel, for example, in the Marvel Comics universe, Spider-Man has frequent dealings with another Marvel hero, just as in the DC Comics Universe and Superman often collaborate. In comic book terminology, these guest star roles are common enough that they are not considered crossovers, rather, a crossover in comic book terms only occurs when a story spans more than one title. This has led to events, in which major occurrences are shown as affecting most or all of the stories in the shared universe. This story dealt with Zatanna attempting to reconnect with her father and seeking the aid of Hawkman, Robin, The Atom, Green Lantern, the first major crossover event was spearheaded by the Marvel Editor-in-Chief at the time, Jim Shooter. As a way to further toy sales he devised the Secret Wars crossover which brought all the major Marvel heroes into a twelve issue mini-series to battle a common threat, after the threat was dealt with they all returned to their regular titles.
This Secret Wars was hailed as both a critical and commercial success largely because the events of the crossover had lasting effects on the characters, Jim Shooter perfected his crossover at Valiant Comics with the Unity event. Unity brought all the Valiant characters together to defeat Mothergod but was told within the existing Valiant Comics titles, readers were not obliged to buy all 18 chapters as the story was coherent when reading just one title, but far more layered when all were read. Like Secret Wars, the Unity crossover had lasting effects on the Valiant universe most notably the introduction of Turok, the birth of Magnus Robot Fighter and the death of a major Valiant hero. Dark Horse Comicss Aliens Versus Predator franchise was a success that continued into many games, the comic crossovers from Raj Comics are very famous in India, in which the super heroes meet to fight a common enemy. Many of these crossovers have occurred between Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva, in Kohram, all the heroes in Raj Universe meet to finish Haru, an extremely powerful enemy
Kylie Jane Babbington is a British actress. Babbington was born in Havering, London in 1987 and she studied acting and musical theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and appeared in productions of Assassins, Essex Girls and Odin. In 2010 she was cast in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as Jodie Gold, daughter of Vanessa Gold, babbingtons character left in November 2011. Kylie Babbington at the Internet Movie Database
Shona Bernadette McGarty is an English actress and singer born in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, and is best known for the role of Whitney Dean in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. In July 2012, McGarty was suspended from EastEnders by the executive producer Lorraine Newman for repeatedly being late for filming. McGarty performed the song A Change is Gonna Come on Children in Need 2012, in 2009, McGarty was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards. A storyline involving McGarty as the part was nominated for Best Single Episode as well as Best Storyline. McGarty attended St. Teresas Primary RC School in Borehamwood and Loreto College and she was in a relationship with the former EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas, until the couple separated in February 2013. Shona McGarty at the Internet Movie Database Shona McGarty on Twitter
Julie Claire Hesmondhalgh is an English actress, known for her role as Hayley Cropper in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street between 1998 and 2014. For this role, she won Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2014 National Television Awards, hesmondhalghs other regular television roles include Cucumber, Happy Valley, and Broadchurch. Her stage credits include God Bless the Child at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Hesmondhalgh was born in Accrington, Lancashire. She applied to school aged 18 and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 1988 to 1991. On finishing her training, Hesmondhalgh was a part of Arts Threshold, an independent theatre in London, for several years. In the 1990s, she appeared in television dramas as The Bill, Catherine Cooksons The Dwelling Place. Hesmondhalgh is best known for playing Hayley Cropper on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, making her first appearance on the show in 1998, she played the first transgender character on a British serial.
Hesmondhalgh took time off between 2000 and 2001 from Coronation Street to give birth to her first daughter, after nearly ten years on the show, Hesmondhalgh decided to take a break from Coronation Street for a year in order to spend more time with her family. She left on 22 October 2007, but returned on 17 November 2008, on 24 December 2011, Hesmondhalgh appeared on ITVs The Cube, winning £20,000 for her Accrington-based anti-poverty charity, Maundy Relief. She worked with Pancreatic Cancer charities to raise awareness of the disease, was involved in a petition, on 1 May 2013, Hesmondhalgh appeared on ITV game show All Star Mr & Mrs with husband Ian, and won £20,000, again for Maundy Relief. From 22 January 2015, Hesmondhalgh starred in the Channel 4 drama series Cucumber and she played the role of Cleo Whitaker. She appeared in the BBC Four film Black Roses, The Killing of Sophie Lancaster which is a film about the murder of Sophie Lancaster. Hesmondhalgh played the role of Sophies mother, Sylvia Lancaster, a role which she portrayed on stage.
Hesmondhalgh is friends with Sylvia Lancaster and patron of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, in 2015, Hesmondhalgh won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Female Actor in a Drama for her role as Sylvia. In 2016, Hesmondhalgh joined the cast of acclaimed drama thriller Happy Valley for its series on BBC One. She was offered the role by creator and executive producer Sally Wainwright, hesmondhalghs character Amanda Wadsworth, is a midwife and working mother from Yorkshire who has a fraught relationship with her husband, John. In April 2016, it was announced that Hesmondhalgh was to join the third series of Broadchurch on ITV. The series, the shows last, was screened in February-April 2017, in it Hesmondhalgh portrayed the lead role of Trish