FORMER Coronation Street star Vicky Binns has revealed that she swapped the soap for teaching drama after her acting roles dried up in lockdown.
The 38-year-old actress played Molly Dobbs on the ITV soap between 2005 and 2010 having previously found fame as a teen in Children's Ward, followed by a stint in Emmerdale.
After leaving the cobbles she appeared in Casualty and The Mill, as well as several stage productions- but demand fell short when the coronavirus pandemic hit last year.
Vicky had been due to appear in a theatre show, but it was forced to a close due to strict government restrictions.
Instead, she turned her hand to teaching the arts to five year olds as she waited for the industry to start back up again.
Now the actress has made a triumphant return to the stage for summer after landing a role in a new play.
Keen to get back into the gentler world of show business, I jumped at the chance to come back to the theatre.Vicky Binns
Speaking to Scarborough News, Vicky explained: "I have been an actress from a young age, playing regular roles in Emmerdale and Coronation Street (I’m yet to get that offer from EastEnders).
"I’ve also worked extensively in theatre, but since lockdown I was teaching in primary schools, where I was told by a five-year-old that I looked better with my mask on!
"Keen to get back into the gentler world of show business, I jumped at the chance to come back to the theatre.”
Vicky's Corrie character Molly was hugely popular on the soap, and involved in a series of high profile plots until she was sensationally killed off.
She was married to Tyrone but became pregnant after an affair with his best pal Kevin before she met her grisly end in the show's high-profile tram crash stunt back in 2010.
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