Stephanie Beacham Auditions For Corrie

Hello soapsters and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news about the possibility of ex-Dynasty and Strictly Come Dancing star Stephanie Beacham joining the cast of Coronation Street. I still can’t believe that Sable Colby could be rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Battersbys and the Websters. However, the British-born Hollywood actress (she was also in Beverly Hills 90210) is in the running to play Ken Barlow’s new love interest.  A source said: "Nobody could quite believe it that she was going for a part; it would be a great coup to get Stephanie on board." 

Although other actresses are said to be auditioning for the role of Ken Barlow’s love interest, my money’s on the 61-year-old glamour puss winning the role. I would love to see her on’t cobbles – I loved her on The Colbys. But what’s all this about a love interest? It means that Ken’s eyes are wandering again. I can’t imagine how he’d dare carry on with someone else – not with his sharp-tongued mother-in-law Blanche Hunt living under the same roof! If Stephanie Beacham’s character turns out to be as bitchy as Sable, Deirdre’s got a real challenge on her hands. If she comes, it’ll be a case of move over Rosie Webster and make way for a true soap vixen. So what do we know about the former Dynasty star… some little facts for you.  

Stephanie Beacham: Born: February 28, 1947 in London

Education
Convent of the Sacred Heart, London, England
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

Milestones
1964  Was founding member of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre
1972  Featured in a couple of Hammer films. She starred opposite Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing as his daughter Jessica in Dracula A.D. 1972
1982  Starred in the acclaimed BBC TV drama Tenko 
1985  Played Sable on The Colbys 
1991  Appeared as Iris McKay, the mother of Dylan McKay (played by actor Luke Perry), on episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210  
1996  Made Broadway debut in revival of Oscar Wilde’s, An Ideal Husband 
2007  Signed up for Strictly Come Dancing

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