Tracie Bennett’s life and career as she reprises Sharon Gaskell role in Coronation Street after 22 years

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If you’re a die-hard Coronation Street fan then you may well remember Sharon Gaskell, who is set to make a comeback after a whopping 22 years.

The role is played by Broadway actress Tracie Bennett who has said she’s “thrilled” to be returning to the role.

She told The Sun Online: “I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the cobbles. It is a dream come true for me, I had such an amazing time there and I am looking forward to working with Barbara again and getting my teeth into the storylines they have planned for Sharon.”


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Sharon last popped up on the cobbles back in 1999 and it seems Rita will be shocked to see her return after they fell out over Sharon’s attempt to sell the Kabin.

So what has brought Sharon back, and who is the actress playing her? Let’s take a look…

Why is Sharon Gaskell returning to Coronation Street?

Discussing reprising her role as Sharon, Tracie explained that she was approached quite a while ago about returning to the cobbles.

“I was first approached about coming back about 18 months ago, I was keen and excited to see what was in store but my work schedule and then the pandemic has meant that it has taken till now for it all to come together.

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“I am so pleased that I can finally tell everyone as it has been hard trying to keep the secret.”

Of her return, Corrie producer Iain MacLeod said: “It’s extremely exciting to see someone of Tracie’s calibre revisit a role so rich in history and with such a complicated psychology.

“Sharon returns across some badly burned bridges to reconnect with Rita – but very quickly her presence becomes destabilising and extremely dangerous, in ways that I hope the viewers won’t see coming.

“The big question is: what has her life become since she was last on the Street?

“The answer to that question will drive a massive story for us, which runs into the summer and beyond.”

Who is Tracie Bennett?

Tracie Bennett, 59, is an English actress who played the role of Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street from 1982–1984, and then returned to the role in 1999 before leaving the cobbles once more.

As well as hit soap Corrie, you might also recognise Tracie from her roles in musicals.


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She received two Olivier Awards for Best Supporting Role in a Musical for her performances in the musicals She Loves Me and Hairspray.

Tracie was also nominated for awards for her performances in High Society and Follies.

She was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Mrs Henderson Presents and her performance as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow earned her an Olivier nomination for Best Actress and a Tony Award nomination.

The successful actress joined the cast of detective series Scott & Bailey as Sharon in 2013, and in 2017 she played Molly Drover in Casualty.

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The actress has a Twitter account on which she has just shy of 4,000 followers.

Tracie shares snippets into her life on her social media, including back stage snaps.

The star has never married and keeps her personal life very private, but she did mention having “an American boyfriend once” during an interview with Official London Theatre.

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