Inside Coronation Street star Kimberly Hart-Simpson’s life after swapping McDonald’s job for soap role
23rd September 2020

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Coronation Street star Kimberly Hart-Simpson has been on our screens a lot lately as character Nicky Wheatley, as she’s currently embroiled in tense scenes with Daniel Osbourne.

And scenes airing later this month will see Nicky, who has been admitted to hospital after a bad incident, taking money from Daniel, which he encourages her to pay off her debts with.

The money, however, has been stolen from Geoff Metcalfe by Daniel, meaning Nicky’s acceptance of the money could get her into more trouble that she’s already in.

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And as Nicky, who recently caught the attention of fans in a risqué dress, becomes a central character on Corrie, here’s a look at the life of the actress who plays her…

Who is Kimberly Hart-Simpson?

Kimberly Hart-Simpson is a 33 year old actress who made her Coronation Street debut as sex worker Nickys Wheatley this year.

And it seems landing a job on the cobbles is something Kimberly has wanted for a while, with the actress having auditioned for a decade for a number of roles on the soap.

Before getting the role as Nicky, Kimberly played Beverley in Hollyoaks earlier this year, and the actress has also appeared in Sky One comedy Mount Pleasant.

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Before joining the soap, the blonde beauty took on a range of jobs to pay the bills, including working at Fitness First and in Oldham’s McDonald’s restaurant.

She told Manchester Evening News: “I recently looked through my backlog of Coronation Street auditions and I could have been there for weeks.

“I remember the latest one that I went for was a Lolly, which was Kate’s old friend. At one point I was in talks about playing Maddie but then she was going to be a lot younger and I was slightly over the age threshold for that part.


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“There were also quite a lot of one or two episode roles I went for.

“After a while I did this bold thing – I don't know if I recommend it for other people to do it – I said to my agent, 'I don’t want to go for any small parts there – will do one or two episode parts anywhere else, I don’t mind. But Corrie, it has to be something substantial’.”

The star, who grew up in Rhyl, North Wales, said of her successful Corrie audition: “I ended up driving a van from Stockport to Ibiza all by myself.

“Then I broke down. It was a bit of a disaster at first. But then I ended up staying out for a season and also went to Dubai. It was a great time.

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“I mean, I'll never do that again. But what a great thing to say I've done. That's probably the reason why it worked round this time with Corrie because I walked into that audition and thought, 'whatever you say, I'm already happy and you can’t change that'.

“When you audition it's less about that moment on tape – they want to see the personality of the person they’re going to work with and I think that's really important.

“Are you likeable, can you look after yourself, are you going to annoy people. We spoke a lot about life and about Ibiza as well, when I took a year off from acting to find myself.

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“So, having that year away, sitting in sunsets and meeting all the beautiful people set me up for the rest of my life.”

The star is fond of a selfie, and often shares snaps with 7,000 Instagram followers.

Recently, the 33 year old opened up on her weight loss while posing for a mirror selfie in a sports bra and pants.

She penned: “Nearing the 1 stone down mark…. feeling so much physically and mentally better for it. Shout out to all the mucky mirrors out there… may you one day be cleaned.”

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