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Denise Welch

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Denise Welch
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Jacqueline Denise Welch

(1958-05-22) 22 May 1958 (age 66)
  • Actress
  • television personality
Years active1981–present
Known forRole 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)

(m. 2013)
Children2; including Matthew Healy
WebsiteOfficial website

Jacqueline Denise Welch (born 22 May 1958) is an English actress, television personality, writer and broadcaster. She is most famous for portraying the roles of Natalie Barnes in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street (1997–2000), and Steph Haydock in the BBC school-based drama series Waterloo Road (2006–2010). Welch is also known for her appearances as a regular panellist on the ITV chat show Loose Women (2000–2002, 2005–2013, 2018–present). From 2021 to 2022, she appeared as Trish Minniver in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.

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.

Personal life

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Welch was born in Tynemouth, Northumberland and currently lives in Cheshire.[1]

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.


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  1. Denise Welch and Coleen Rooney bump into each other

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