Strictly Come Dancing star Katie McGlynn left Corrie at what she believes was the worst time possible – just before the pandemic hit – so was overjoyed when she landed a brand new soap role this year
Strictly Come Dancing star Katie McGlynn is best known for playing Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street, a character who tragically passed away from cervical cancer in emotional scenes in December 2019.
And shortly after her Corrie departure, Katie, 28, shocked fans when she unveiled her brand new look.
She transformed her platinum blonde hair and shared a photo on Instagram showing off a new brunette hairdo, playfully joking about her new look.
“Who said blondes have more fun?” she captioned the image, which went down a storm with her followers.
Among those cheering on Katie’s new chocolate tones locks were some of her former Coronation Street co-stars.
Lisa George, who plays Beth Sutherland, admitted that she had to look twice, as she penned: “Wow you look so different.”
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Samia Longchambon, the actor who plays Maria, lavished Katie with a compliment: “Wow really suits you Katie!”
And Kimberly Hart-Simpson, who plays Nicky Wheatley simply put: “Yea mate I love it!”
Her new look came with a new role, as Katie announced in June that she had a new soap role, 18 months after leaving Corrie.
The star confirmed that she has joined Channel 4’s Hollyoaks in a darker role as mum Becky, who becomes friends with fellow parent Diane Hutchinson (Alex Fletcher).
Katie revealed: “When I first read the script, I knew instantly that this storyline was an important one and something I could sink my teeth into.
“I’m so excited for everyone to meet Becky. I’m hopeful the story will have an impact on the viewers as it covers some extremely current and important issues.”
She continued to The Sun: “I’m super-humbled to continue doing the work I really love and hope everyone enjoys watching it all unfold on screen as much as I’ve enjoyed filming it.”
Katie made her debut on the show on July 5 on E4.
She had previously feared that leaving Coronation Street at the start of the pandemic would end her career, or at least force her to have a long hiatus.
“As soon as I left Corrie, I didn’t expect to get any work. I thought I’d give it a year. And I didn’t expect the pandemic,” she told the Daily Star.
“So when I got the call from my agent about ‘The Syndicate’, I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. I felt so grateful I could work. I counted my blessings.”
But she landed a role as Georgina Clarke on BBC One’s The Syndicate, a drama about five lottery winners based in Leeds which aired earlier this year.
And she will be taking to the dance floor in Strictly on Saturday’s launch of the brand new 2021 series.
“It’s been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I’m getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family!” she gushed.
“I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.”
She added: “Although I do get to have so much fun as an actress, a lot of my roles have involved quite serious and challenging storylines, so I’m fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone.
“I can’t promise that I’ll be the best, but I’m going to give it 110 per cent on the dance floor! As long as I don’t fall over I’ll be happy.”
* Strictly Come Dancing launches on Saturday, 18th September at 7:45pm on BBC One