HOLLYOAKS fans saw the braver side of Leigh actress Sarah Jayne Dunn as she took part on a new Channel Four gameshow Famous and Fearless, which featured dangerous challenges.
SIR Ian McKellen revealed he was to reprise his role as Gandalf in the prequal to Lord of The Rings - The Hobbit.
However, filming was delayed as director Peter Jackson had a perforated stomach ulcer.
SHERRIE Hewson became a grandmother for the second time and spoke on Loose Women of her praise for the staff at Wigan Infirmary as they helped to deliver Molly.
FORMER Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor revealed that she was pregnant.
The 33-year-old, who is the daughter of Skelmersdale toilet roll millionaire, found out after she felt a kick while in Mexico in the New Year,
WIGAN actress Kathryn Drysdale announced she was to star in the next series of ITV comedy Benidorm as cheeky Natalie.
KYM Marsh deleted her Twitter account after she was abused for when she tweeted Waterloo Road did not deserve winning a National Television Award.
ASHTON actress Kym Marsh was bedridden as she had an incompetent cervix during her pregnancy.
But after a 23-hour labour, she gave birth to Polly, who arrived five weeks early.
MEANWHILE, her Coronation Street co-star Andy Whyment celebrated fatherhood for the second time as he spoke of his joy at his wife, Nichola giving birth to Hollie.
SHERRIE Hewson published her autobiography - Behind The Laughter.
VERNON Kay’s US show Skating With The Stars was axed due to a fall in ratings.
KYM Marsh was delighted to bring Polly home after more than a month in hospital as she was born prematurely.
EX-Hollyoaks hunk and former Billinge resident Ricky Whittle stripped for a charity campaign to highlight the plight of Canadian bears and appeared in an episode of BBC One comedy-drama Candy Cabs as a footballer.
SKY newsreader Kay Burley promoted her first novel - First Ladies - a semi autobiographical take on the world of journalism and politics.
THE premier of Powder took place in Liverpool. The British film featured the voice of ex-Starsailor singer James Walsh when the main character, Keva - played by another actor - sang.
STUART Maconie toured around the country with his new book - Hope and Glory.
FOLLOWING several months playing Margot in the West End version of Legally Blonde, Billinge resident Carley Stenson landed the lead role of Elle.
DAVINIA Taylor gave birth to a boy - Jackson.
STANDISH actor Ben Batt landed a role in ITV cop drama Scott and Bailey, whilst Tyldesley actress Sacha Parkinson announced she will leave Coronation street at the end of the year.