As the tough, no-nonsense police sergeant Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley, Sarah Lancashire has captivated audiences.
The 58-year-old actress, who has appeared in numerous popular TV shows over the years, reprised her part as the show’s lead character Catherine in this month’s return of the BAFTA-winning crime drama to BBC One for its final season.
Fans have hailed Sarah as the greatest actress of all time, and we couldn’t agree more. Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah has astounded viewers with her divine acting skills and iconic dialogue delivery, just like the previous two seasons.
Following her award-winning performances on Happy Valley, many online users have been talking about Sarah, 58, who famously gained fame on Coronation Street as Raquel Watts.
The ITV soap opera’s Raquel was portrayed by the Julia actress from 1991 to 1996. She then made a one-time appearance in 2000 for a special two-hander episode opposite on-screen love interest Curly Watts.
Raquel, the bartender, gained popularity with the audience and went on to become one of the long-running serial drama’s most recognizable 90s characters.
But did you know that Sarah played more than one persona on the cobbles in addition to Raquel?
Four years before Raquel, in 1987, the Where The Heart Is actress made her television debut on America’s most well-known street as Wendy Farmer, a completely different character.
Wendy was a nurse who entered the Rovers Return in search of Jack Duckworth, who was then posing as Vince.
The character was hoping to move in to get the room after reading Jack’s advertisement looking for a lodger at No. 9.
The thought of Wendy relocating thrilled Jack.
To Jack’s horror, Vera ultimately objected to Wendy using the room and had a lot to say about it.
One episode, which aired on November 11 of the relevant year, was the only one in which Wendy was present. Four years later, as Raquel, Sarah would make her way back to the cobbles.
Following her appearances on Coronation Street, the acclaimed television star found great success in the industry, securing lead roles in dramas like Where The Heart Is and Clocking Off.
She has won a number of awards for her outstanding performances in the dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley, both of which were written by TV writing legend and former Corrie writer Sally Wainwright.
We’re not quite ready to say goodbye as Happy Valley comes to an end in February, ending the thrilling story of Catherine Cawood after nine years.
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