'I was terrified people wouldn't work with me': Amanda Barrie discusses her sexuality as she speaks about her big wedding to wife Hilary Bonner

She shot to fame in the golden age of British film-making, shooting to stardom as a one of the most glamorous starlets in the Carry On films.

And while Amanda Barrie has been in the spotlight since the 1960s, the actress, 80, has revealed it has taken her some time to be comfortable putting her personal life in the spotlight.

The star, now married to wife Hilary Bonner, has revealed she kept her sexuality a secret while she was working for years, as she was 'terrified' it would cost her jobs.

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'I was terrified': Amanda Barrie, 80,  revealed it took her some time to be comfortable putting her personal life in the spotlight - but has now opened up about her marriage to Hilary Bonner

'I was terrified': Amanda Barrie, 80, revealed it took her some time to be comfortable putting her personal life in the spotlight - but has now opened up about her marriage to Hilary Bonner

Speaking to the Mirror, the former Coronation Street star explained she was reluctant to go public when it came to being bisexual.

However, after tying the knot with crime writer Hilary Bonner in 2014 the actress explained she's very happy that attitudes have changed.

'If you did it now nobody would notice, and it’s not that long ago,' she explained, reflecting on her fears for many years. 'Nobody at Coronation Street knew but my very close friends Helen, Sue Nicholls and Barbara Knox.'

She elaborated, adding: 'I was terrified, there was an attitude that certain people wouldn’t work with you - it was taboo.'

'If you did it now nobody would notice': After tying the knot with crime writer Hilary Bonner in 2014 the actress explained she's very happy that attitudes have changed

But the actress, who first found fame in the likes of Carry On Cleo and was married to fellow thespian Robin Hunter from 1967-2004, explained her wedding to Hilary was a big blow-out.

Tying the knot in front of family, friends and fellow thespians, the actress admitted despite initial reservations it was a 'great' day.

But she wasn't without her doubts, as she explained the couple had been together 'for years' (having started dating 10 years prior to their union) and felt she couldn't bare a huge reception.

However, she had a changed of mind while appearing in a pantomime - getting the idea to tie the knot at the Drury Lane Theatre, were she said a prayer on the steps aged 13 to kick-start her acting career. 

'There was an attitude': The bisexual star (pictured in Coronation Street) revealed she kept her sexuality a secret for years as she was 'terrified' it would affect her career

'There was an attitude': The bisexual star (pictured in Coronation Street) revealed she kept her sexuality a secret for years as she was 'terrified' it would affect her career

From Carry On to happy ever after: The actress, who first found fame in the likes of Carry On Cleo (pictured) explained her wedding to Hilary was a big blow-out

From Carry On to happy ever after: The actress, who first found fame in the likes of Carry On Cleo (pictured) explained her wedding to Hilary was a big blow-out

Speaking of the idea behind the ceremony at the iconic London venure, she explained: 'I’ve never played there except a charity show, although that was my ambition. So, we married there instead.'

The wedding was in September 2014, two days before her 79th birthday, and saw many faces from the showbiz world attend, with former Corrie co-star Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre) leading the celebrity charge.

As a young star Amanda dated Billy Fury in her early 20's, and even turned down a marriage proposal from the Halfway To Paradise singer.

Still BFFs: The wedding, in September 2014, was two days before her 79th birthday, and saw the her former Corrie co-star Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre) leading the celebrity charge

Still BFFs: The wedding, in September 2014, was two days before her 79th birthday, and saw the her former Corrie co-star Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre) leading the celebrity charge

All loved-up: Amanda was previously wed to theatre director and actor Robin Hunter in 1967, aged 31; the couple were married till his death in 2004, but seperated in the mid '80s

All loved-up: Amanda was previously wed to theatre director and actor Robin Hunter in 1967, aged 31; the couple were married till his death in 2004, but seperated in the mid '80s

Following that romance she wed theatre director and actor Robin in 1967, aged 31.

The couple were married till his death in 2004, but separated in the mid '80s, with Amanda coming out as bisexual in her 2003 autobiography, It's Not A Rehearsal.  

Despite dating actress Heather Chasen, before falling for Hilary, Amanda said it took her a long time to figure her feelings out as she was 'happily married' to a man.

Amanda's first job was a dancer on the This Is the Henry Hall Show, however, fame soon came knocking and she made her break into the big-time in 1963, starring in Carry On Cabby.

Following her success on the big screen she became an icon on the cobbles of Weatherfield, after joining Coronation Street in 1981 before bowing out in 2001.

Finding herself: Despite dating actress Heather Chasen, before falling for Hilary, Amanda said it took her a long time to figure her feelings out as she was 'happily married' to a man

Finding herself: Despite dating actress Heather Chasen, before falling for Hilary, Amanda said it took her a long time to figure her feelings out as she was 'happily married' to a man

 

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