Inside Coronation Street star Georgia Taylor's life off-screen – from famous husband to surprising real name
22nd October 2021

CORONATION Street actress Georgia Taylor has revealed her life off-screen away from the Weatherfield drama for the first time – from her famous husband to her surprising real name.

Georgia has portrayed the role of Toyah Battersby in ITV’s flagship show since 1997 and has become a staple on televisions in UK homes.


And now, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, the Celebrity Gogglebox star has uncovered the ins and outs of her life away from the Weatherfield drama.

The 40-year-old actress from Manchester began her acting career when she was just 17 as she took on the role of Toyah on Corrie, leading to winning a British Soap Award in 2001 for Best Dramatic Performance.

Speaking about her distaste for watching her younger self on TV, she said: “It was horrendous – I didn’t recognise myself. I was so young, my voice was different and I looked different.

“But what was nice was seeing me and Jane Danson as Toyah and Leanne – two sisters who were so rough around the edges. That made me feel all nostalgic.”

Leaving the show in 2003, Georgia took roles in a number of well-known British shows like Where the Heart is, Casualty, Law and Order: UK and Life on Mars.

In 2005, she took to the stage at the Royal Court in London alongside Helen Baxendale for The Woman Before along with performing in Christmas is Miles Away at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and Bush Theatre in London.

Her film career has seen her working alongside a very young Dominic Cooper in the 2006 movie History Boys and Jason Statham in 2008 for The Bank Job.

But 13 years after leaving the cobbles of Corrie, she returned made a dramatic return to Weatherfield and has since been a regular character since the 2016 Christmas special.

Away from the soap, Georgia is married to a well-known television face, actor Mark Letheren – best known for playing Mark for playing Simon Kitson on the Bill or Ben Harding on Casualty.

The pair met on the set of Casualty and have been married close to 13 years.

Despite the star being known as Georgia Taylor, she was originally born as Claire Jackson and changed her name for the stage.

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Georgia also opened about her drinking habits in the past, or lack thereof, declaring: “I do occasionally like a Tia Maria with ice. 

"Otherwise, I like a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the weekend, but I can’t really drink much anymore.

“When I was a youngster out clubbing I would drink Archers and lemonade. God knows how many I would have."

Georgia maintains a Twitter account where she posts wholesome content about her interests and can be seen on Celebrity Gogglebox 2021 on Channel 4.

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

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