Born and Bred
Sundays, 8.00pm, BBC ONE.
played by Naomi Radcliffe
She may spend most of her days in dirty dungarees, but scrapyard owner Jean Bradshaw scrubs up well for special occasions. There’s just one problem. "It’s the girdle and stockings," groans ex-Coronation Street star Naomi Radcliffe.
"It’s been great spending months just slopping around in those baggy dungarees, long johns and stonking great boots, while all the other women in the cast have had to put up with 1950s underwear.
"But, when Jean gets dressed up that means I have to wear it too and I can’t bear it. Goodness knows how they used to manage, it’s so restricting!"
Naomi’s other freedom is spending little time in the make-up chair, although that took a bit of getting used to. "All I need is to have my hair flattened down and loads of dirt put on me, the muckier the better," she grins. "It’s very liberating."
Naomi's been keeping herself busy since her exit from Coronation Street in 2000. As well as theatre roles and Born and Bred, she'll shortly be seen in Nice Guy Eddie, alongside Ricky Tomlinson.
The daughter of a vicar – the retired Canon of Manchester Cathedral - and an English teacher, Naomi reckons she’s got a love of words and performance in her blood. "Also, my Mum used to take me to the theatre a lot and I think it rubbed off," she explains. "I was desperate to go to drama school, but it took a year before I was accepted.
"I finally went to the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and loved every minute of it – especially because that’s where I met my boyfriend!"
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Naomi Radcliffe Fact File
Naomi was born in Oldham and trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The role as lovesick Jean is only the second TV outing for Naomi since her dramatic departure from Coronation Street. Her character Alison Webster had the nation in tears after first losing her baby and then being killed by a truck.
Naomi previously appeared in Coronation Street as a secretary at Weatherfield Town Hall.
After leaving the soap, Naomi moved into theatre where she enjoyed herself bringing new writing to small venues. "My first job was in Be My Baby at the Soho Theatre," she recalls. "That was also set in the 1950s, but a bit later than Born and Bred."
Her other acting credits include Sunburn, The Grand and Band of Gold on television, and more recently the film 24 Hour Party People alongside John Simm, Steve Coogan and Christopher Eccleston.