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7 things you didn’t know about Coronation Street’s Georgia Taylor – AKA Toyah Battersby

Georgia Taylor, Coronation Street

Here's everything you need to know about Coronation Street actress Georgia Taylor

She’s might be on our screens every week playing the role of Toyah Battersby in Coronation Street, but do we really know what makes Georgia Taylor tick? Here are a few things you may not have known about the actress…

1. Georgia Taylor isn’t her name!

While we all know her as the lovely Georgia, that wasn’t actually the name the actress was given at birth. Georgia’s real name is Claire Jackson, but she changed it to Georgia as her stage name. The 39-year-old actress was born in Wigan in February 1980.

2. On-screen sister Jane Danson is like her "counsellor"

Leanne and Toyah in Coronation Street

When the offer to reprise her role as Toyah came up, it took Georgia two months to decide whether she would take the job. Thankfully Jane Danson was on hand to offer advice… “I messaged Jane straight away,” confesses the actress. “She was delighted, but understood why it was a massive decision to make. She was like my counsellor. She’s got such a balanced view on things, and she’s also one of my best friends. When I made the decision she was over the moon.”

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3. She lives in Bristol

While she spends a huge amount of time in Manchester filming Coronation Street, Georgia’s heart lies in Bristol, where she lives with her long-term partner Mark Letheren. The couple met while filming Casualty together. Georgia told Soaplife: “I have a base in Manchester, but my home is in Bristol. I don’t plan to relocate, but I’ll play it week by week and see how much I’m loving that M6 drive!”

4. She’s not a party animal

Georgia Taylor at the Soap Awards

Georgia once told The Sun: “I do occasionally like a Tia Maria with ice. Otherwise I like a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the weekend. But I can’t really drink much anymore. When I was a youngster out clubbing I would drink Archers and lemonade. God knows how many I would have! But it was so sickly, I can’t drink that anymore. And I can’t do vodka and Red Bull now. That’s the devil’s drink!”

5. She hates watching herself on TV

Georgia Taylor and Jane Danson celebrate 21 years of Corrie’s Battersby sisters

Talking about watching old episodes of herself in Corrie ahead of her return as Toyah Battersby, the actress told us: “It was horrendous! I didn’t recognise myself. I was so young, my voice was different and I looked different. But what was nice was seeing me and Jane Danson as Toyah and Leanne – two sisters who were so rough around the edges. That made me feel all nostalgic.”

6. She wants Tom Hanks to be her uncle

Tom Hanks

According to the Coronation Street star, Tom Hanks is the "most amazing man in the world!". Georgia told The Sun: “I’d love to meet Tom. Even back in the day when he was in Big – in that performance, you completely believe that he’s a 13-year-old boy. That movie is really underrated. I want him to be my uncle!”

7. She wanted to be a dancer on Top Of The Pops!

Georgia had two burning ambitions when she was little. The first was to work with animals and she set her heart on becoming a vet, but if that career path didn’t work out, the actress had dancing for the likes of Kim Wilde, Kylie Minogue or Bananarama on the weekly chart show Top Of The Pops as her back up plan.

Coronation Street continues on ITV.

Georgia Taylor at the Soap Award: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock, Old Toyah and Leanne pic: PA Archive/PA Images