Sally Jane Lindsay
8 July 1973
|Occupation||Actress, television presenter, comedian|
Still Open All Hours
Steve White (m. 2013)
Sally Jane Lindsay (born 8 July 1973) is an English actress and television presenter known for her roles as Shelley Unwin in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and Kath Agnew in the BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours.
Lindsay's first television appearance was at age seven when her school choir, the St Winifred's School Choir, released There's No One Quite Like Grandma, which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 1980.
Lindsay attended St. Winifred's Primary School in Heaton Mersey, Stockport until 1984 when she attended St Annes RC High School in Heaton Chapel, Stockport. Lindsay studied English at the University of Hull and had aspirations of becoming a journalist. However, she was cast in a play and enjoyed the experience, and then studied at North Cheshire Theatre School before dabbling in stand up comedy.
When she was 24, she met and became friends with comedian Peter Kay. Subsequently they appeared together in Phoenix Nights and in the video for the Comic Relief single Is This the Way to Amarillo?. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of The Royle Family, playing Twiggy's girlfriend, Michelle.
After winning the "Best Actress" category in the Inside Soap 2005 Awards, Lindsay announced that she would be leaving Coronation Street at the end of her contract to pursue comedy projects, after playing Shelley for five years. She returned for several episodes in September 2006.
Lindsay was spotted on the set of Coronation Street in 2019 before it was revealed that she was filming a documentary for the show to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
In 2010, Lindsay joined the cast of BBC Three sketch show Scallywagga on BBC Three. She also appeared as the tea lady in the second series of the BBC One comedy drama Reggie Perrin co-starring Martin Clunes.
The ITV detective series Scott & Bailey, which began airing in 2011, was developed from an idea conceived by Lindsay and fellow Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones. As a fan of television programmes such as Cagney & Lacey, Lindsay was interested in the concept of a programme detailing the lives of two professional women. She had originally been set to portray the character Janet Scott, but due to the birth of twin sons was not able to commit to this role. Lindsay appears instead as Alison Bailey, the sister of Jones's character in episodes of all five series but only limited appearances in the first series due to her pregnancy.
Since 2013, Lindsay has played Mrs Agnew in BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours. In 2014, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Citizen Khan playing the role of care worker, Sam. In 2015, she played the role of Kathy in the BBC television drama Ordinary Lies. Sally has appeared in the RTS award-winning series Moving On. She later appeared in Channel 5 drama Cold Call, alongside Mount Pleasant co-star Daniel Ryan and Dial M for Middlesbrough on Gold in 2019.
In September 2011, Lindsay became a permanent panellist on Loose Women, replacing Coleen Nolan, who decided to leave the show the previous series. On 20 March 2014, she made her final appearance as a panellist.
In Series 16, she appeared a total of 53 times. In Series 17 she appeared a total of 22 times. In Series 18 she appeared 25 times.
After leaving Coronation Street in 2006, Lindsay concentrated on theatre work. In 2006, she played Marilyn Monroe in the musical Ella, meet Marilyn by Bonnie Greer opposite Rain Pryor at the Pleasance Ace Dome in Edinburgh and appeared in The Ho-Ho Club at the King's Head Theatre, Islington, London. In summer 2007, Lindsay played Beatrice in an open-air run of Much Ado About Nothing at Stafford Castle.
Lindsay returned to the Royal Exchange in July 2009, playing Linda in the world premiere of Niel Bartlet's 'Everybody Loves a Winner' for the Manchester International Festival. She then toured with Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues", which ended in November 2009.
Sally appeared in pantomime in Sleeping Beauty at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, in December 2017, as the wicked fairy Carabosse, alongside John Partridge (Eastenders) and Rebecca Keatley (Cbeebies). in 2018/19 she appeared in Canterbury in the pantomime Cinderella.
Lindsay also appears as a regular guest contributor to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 and she launched a DVD Sally Lindsay's Party Pub Quiz (2008), shot a role in a comedy pilot Till I Die for the ITV network and starred in a radio comedy for Radio 4 Pick-Ups with John Thomson.
Lindsay voiced the character of Piella Bakewell in the 2008 BBC Wallace and Gromit film A Matter of Loaf and Death which aired on Christmas Day. She was handpicked for the role by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park after he heard her voice on the radio. In 2008, Lindsay took first place on an episode of Celebrity Mastermind on the subject of the Carry On films.
In 2015, Lindsay revealed that she was a supporter of the Labour Party and campaigned for the party ahead of the general election. In July that year, she endorsed Andy Burnham in the Labour leadership election.
|The Royle Family||Michelle|
|2001||Phoenix Nights||Tracy Burns|
|2001-2006||Coronation Street||Shelley Unwin|
|2005||Coronation Street Pantomime|
|2008||Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death||Piella Bakewell|
|Reggie Perrin||Tea lady|
|2011-2016||Scott & Bailey||Alison Bailey|
|2011-2017||Mount Pleasant||Lisa Johnson|
|2012||All Star Christmas Presents||Presenter|
|2013-||Still Open All Hours||Mrs. Agnew|
|2017||Murdered for Being Different||Tracey Maltby|
|2018||Pond Life||Irene Buckfield|
|Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway||Lynn Foreman|
|2019||Cold Call||June Clarke|
|2019||Dial M for Middlesbrough||Evie|
|2020||Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators||Isobel Harris|