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Tuesday 7th July 2020

A short history of Coronation Street's Sally Metcalfe

Social climber, worrier, mayor, jailbird

There has to be something pretty special about a Corrie character for them to survive as long as Sally Metcalfe.

Beautifully played by Sally Dynevor, Sally has grown in all sorts of unexpected ways. Most testingly both character and actor dealt simultaneously with breast cancer in 2010.

Since the genius pairing of Sally and Tim the added string to both Sallys' bows has been their effortless ability to switch from drama to comedy.

One minute Sal can be collapsing in court over those shock guilty verdicts, the next she's coaching her fellow inmates in Conversational Spanish. It's been quite a ride…

Early Days

Sally took a while to win Hilda (Jean Alexander) over (Credit:ITV)

Sally Seddon was originally only intended to appear for four episodes back in 1986. It started with Kevin Webster accidentally soaking her with his van. 33 years later she's still going strong.

Back then Kevin was Hilda Ogden's lodger so Sally managed to get her feet under the table at no.13.

Hilda wasn't a fan at first but when she clocked how bad Sally's home life was she relented, just as long as there was no funny business with Kevin.

Even in her early days Sally was keen to move up the social ladder. Although she could come across as pushy this was mostly thanks to her own unstable childhood.

Jobs

Weatherfield's answer to Hillary Clinton (Credit: ITV)

"Metcalfe residence. Sally the Mayor speaking." No job position has given Sally more joy (until it all went pear-shaped) than being elected Mayor of Weatherfield.

Before that, Sally's principal jobs were at Underworld. She was a clerical assistant in the days of Mike Baldwin and has been back there as a machinist since her time in prison.

Sally loves to play shop steward and was the first to down tools and lead her fellow workers out on strike when Carla tried to outsource their jobs to robots in Milton Keynes.

Family

Sally and her girls in another scrape (Credit: ITV)

Daughters Rosie and Sophie, born in 1990 and 1994, have both given their mother plenty of sleepless nights.

The revelation that Rosie had inadvertently become a drug mule after doing a modelling job left Sally incredulous. As did Rosie having an affair with her teacher John Stape (who Sally fancied).

When Sophie came out to her mum as gay and then tried to elope with best pal Sian Sally feared they were rushing into things. When Sophie dated Sally's old school pal Paula she was even less impressed.

Sophie and Rosie though stick by their mum. They helped hunt down her troll, Auntie Gina's stepdaughter, Leah. As Rosie puts it: "No one makes a mug out of Sally Metcalfe."

Romance

Kevin who? Tim puts a smile on Sally's face (Credit: ITV)

Kevin Webster can lay claim to being Sally's husband twice. He's the father of her children and there is still a strong bond between them.

In the end though the major sticking point was Jack, Kevin's lad by Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) before that tram landed on her. Try as she might Sally can't get past the result of that betrayal.

When window cleaner Tim Metcalfe came along he and Sally looked a classic mismatch. She was always trying to improve him, he just wanted a quiet life.

Lying arch manipulator Duncan Radfield almost destroyed Tim's trust in Sally which was heartbreaking but together they have proved one of Corrie's greatest partnerships.

Pals

Abi prepares to 'help' her prison buddy (Credit: ITV)

Sally has not had that many great pals over the years. One of her best mates has been Rita who took her under her wing when Sally was pregnant with Sophie.

One of the unlikeliest pairings is Sally and Abi. Not every mate would get away with smashing you in the face but Sally was immensely grateful to Abi when she did in prison to buy her some time with her trial.

Sally was so grateful that she told Abi she could lodge with them. Turning Abi into a bit of a pet project, it wasn't long before Sally had Abi role playing with Tim for job interviews.

Ironically, prison has opened doors for Sal. It meant she could even share jail time anecdotes with Gail over a few drinks in The Rovers.

Sworn Enemies

Time to go, Gina... (Credit: ITV)

Considering Duncan framed her, got her sent to prison and nearly destroyed her marriage you'd have thought he would be Sally's public enemy number one.

In fact that honour goes to her sister Gina. That's Gina who helped get Sally sent down then tried to sleep with Tim whilst her sis was banged up.

"We used to be like two mud larks on a twig," said Gina on the factory roof before Sally fell through it.

"Go away and leave my family in peace," said Sal. You can hardly blame her.

Read more: Gina's exit from the Street 

Greatest Storylines

Three shock guilty verdicts... (Credit: ITV)

Coronation Street is used to having its residents sent down for crimes they didn't commit. Sally's reaction when the judge gave her a four year custodial sentence was, though, one of the most devastating.

Prison almost broke her. She was beaten up by drug dealer Marcia and thought Tim had abandoned her. But Sally Metcalfe fans know that she is made of sterner stuff.

Sally has overcome breast cancer, abuse by 90s boyfriend Greg Kelly (Stephen Billington), a minibus crash, and now plummeting through the roof of Underworld.

Classic Quotes

Vote for Sal (Credit: ITV)

"When me and my ex-husband got divorced I honestly thought my world was over. Especially as he'd been having an affair with his best friend's wife. But now, we're best of friends, aren't we, gang? So if I can make this mess work I reckon I could tackle just about anything." Sally wants your vote.

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