Jacqueline Denise Welch
22 May 1958
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
|Known for||Role of Natalie Barnes on Coronation Street (1997–2000) |
Role of Steph Haydock on Waterloo Road (2006–2010)
(m. 1983; div. 1988)
(m. 1988; div. 2012)
Lincoln Townley (m. 2013)
|Children||2; including Matthew Healy|
Jacqueline Denise Welch (born 22 May 1958) is an English actress, television personality, writer, producer and broadcaster. She is most famous for her roles as Natalie Barnes in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street (1997–2000), and her long-running role as French teacher Steph Haydock in the BBC One school-based drama series Waterloo Road (2006–2010). She is also known for her appearances as a regular panellist on the ITV chat show Loose Women (2005–2013, 2018–present). In late 2020, Welch joined the cast of the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, playing the role of Trish Minniver, and made her on-screen debut in January 2021. Welch departed the show in January 2022.
Welch's other acting roles include the television dramas Spender (1991–1993), Soldier Soldier (1993–1995), and Down to Earth (2004–2005). In 2011, she was a contestant on the sixth series of Dancing on Ice, where she was partnered with professional skater Matt Evers and in 2012, she won the ninth series of Celebrity Big Brother. In 2016, Welch guest-starred as Alison Slater in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.
Personal life[change | change source]
Welch confessed that her marriage was nearly ruined because of her mental illness, as well as an affair she had during her depression. In April 2010, her 320-page autobiography Pulling Myself Together was published, in which she describes how she overcame her problems with alcohol, drugs and depression. It became a best-seller in the UK.
References[change | change source]
- Hellomagazine.com. "Denise Welch. Biography, news, photos and videos". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
- Denise Welch and Coleen Rooney bump into each other