Sally Dynevor is embracing the switch from ‘downbeat’ soap character to glam Dancing On Ice star

Coronation Street veteran Sally Dynevor is embracing the switch from ‘downbeat’ soap character to glam Dancing On Ice star – and says viewers will finally get to know the real her.

The actress, 58, who’s played Corrie’s Sally Webster for 36 years, revealed she is loving the chance to dress up ahead of her Dancing On Ice debut this Sunday but says she’s also nervous after ‘hiding behind’ her soap persona for so long.

In a new interview, Sally admits she’s ‘never’ had the chance to be stylish playing a factory worker on the Cobbles – and she’s looking forward to the glitz and glamour of performing live on the ITV dance show each week. 

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‘It’s good fun’: Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor is embracing the switch from ‘downbeat’ soap character to glam Dancing On Ice star – and says viewers will finally get to know the real her

She said: ‘I’ve never had the chance to dress up on Coronation Street it’s always very downbeat so it’s good fun. It is great I am really enjoying it.

‘I do really want people to get to know me because they have only known my character for so long but again it is putting yourself out there that is quite difficult for me because I have never done anything like this before. I have hidden behind the character.

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‘To suddenly come out after all these years it is quite daunting, but I am hoping that I will be okay, and it will go well and then I can go back to being Sally Metcalfe in a few weeks.’

Sally, whose daughter Phoebe Dynevor, 26, shot to fame last year on Netflix period drama Bridgerton, added her eldest is ‘really happy’ she’s taking part in the skating competition.

‘I’ve hidden behind the character’: The actress, who’s played Corrie’s Sally Webster for 36 years, revealed she is loving the chance to dress up ahead of her Dancing On Ice debut 

Trio: Sally, pictured with Love Island’s Liberty Poole and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, admits stepping away from her TV role is ‘daunting’ but she’s ‘grabbing the experience with both hands’

The soap actress, who also has 24-year-old son Samuel and 18-year-old Harriet with her husband of 26 years, TV writer Tim, 59, admits she’s found juggling Corrie filming with the gruelling Dancing On Ice training ‘really hard.’

She said: ‘It has been a bit tricky it’s like trying to find time around Coronation Street but we have managed to do it. 

‘I’ve got Matt and he’s very experienced so I’m very lucky having him and we have worked really hard and I have really enjoyed it. It is a little journey and I’m enjoying every moment of it. 

‘For all of us the training has been really, really hard. 

‘But at the same time, sometimes I am on the ice and I’m with Matt and I think I am so privileged to do this with a professional and I’m doing it for work, which is incredible. You just have to grab the experience with both hands.’

Family: Sally, whose daughter Phoebe Dynevor shot to fame last year on Netflix period drama Bridgerton, added her eldest is ‘really happy’ she’s taking part in the skating competition

Sally, who’s partnered with US skating champion Matt Evers, 45, will compete against the likes of Love Island star Liberty Poole, 22, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, 39, Happy Mondays member Bez, 57, and former Strictly professional Brendan Cole, 45.

But she doesn’t believe she has any chance of winning the series, with ballroom dancer Brendan already eyeing up a spot in the final.

He added: ‘I am not here to win but I do want to be there at the end. I am not here to win the show but I am very competitive with myself.

‘I think that’s why Vanessa [Bauer] and myself have been partnered together because we love to push but we’re having a good time with it as well.’ 

  • Dancing on Ice starts Sunday at 6:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub

Team: Sally, who’s partnered with US skating champion Matt Evers, will compete against the likes of Happy Mondays member Bez and former Strictly professional Brendan Cole