Ex-Coronation Street star Angela Griffin: ‘My dog is like my third child!’

Ex-Coronation Street star Angela Griffin: ‘My dog is like my third child!’ WALKS WITH MY DOG 2
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Former Coronation St actress Angela Griffin has a new co-star for her latest TV project Walks With My Dog – her Cavapoo Smith!

Ex-Corrie star Angela Griffin is putting her best foot forward for the new series of More4’s Walks With My Dog.

The actress talks to Soaplife about her ‘Cavapoo’ dog Smith, her daily routine - and how she'll "never say never" to returning to the cobbles.

Angela Griffin's interview with Soaplife:

Soaplife: We’re hear you’re going to be on telly with your adorable dog, Smith!

Angela Griffin: “That’s right. We’re in the second episode of Walks with My Dog. I love walking. It’s something I’ve come to quite late in life, actually. I know I’m not dead old, but it’s not something I did as a kid. But it’s the perfect time to just have a bit of peace, to have a bit of quiet and to think about whatever you need to think about.”

S: What kind of dog is Smith?

AG: “He’s a Cavapoo – a cross between a poodle and a King Charles Cavalier spaniel. He doesn’t molt and he’s very calm, but he’s clever, too. That’s the poodle in him. He’s my third child!”

S: Is he ever naughty?

AG: “The naughtiest thing he’s ever done is eat my husband’s £250 Prada glasses!”

S: Where did you and Smith go for ‘walkies’ on your TV day out?

AG: “The Cotswolds. Me and Smith had such an incredible day there. I can say through gritted teeth that the Cotswolds just about matches my native Yorkshire. Smith doesn’t agree. He’s never actually lived in Yorkshire, but he says he prefers it! Honest!”

S: Is there such a thing as an average day for you?

AG: “An average day when I’m not working consists of school drop-offs, pick-ups, yoga or a run, then lots and lots of emails. A couple of dog walks come rain or shine - then lovely food made either at home or out for dinner. When I’m working, it’s usually a 7am pick-up, into make-up, then on set for 8am. We wrap at 7pm. I’ll eat and FaceTime home, then bed at 10pm.”

S: How do you remember your time on Corrie back in the 1990s?

AG: “The biggest thing Coronation Street taught me was discipline. I started on the show in 1993 when I was 16, playing hairdresser Fiona Middleton, and, even though I had been on TV before that as a child, you get closeted as a kid. I was used to being picked up and having a chaperone, but when I got the job on Corrie there was none of that. I lived in Leeds, so I had to get the train to Manchester on my own, go to set and stay in hotels alone. When I first started, I was only in one episode. Then I went back a few months later and did three episodes, and it gradually built up like that.”

S: Would you ever go back?

AG: “Never say never!”

Walks With My Dog, More4, Thursday 18 January

Pic credit: Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock

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