2012 - Wigan’s leading women

Kym Lomas with husband Jamie
Kym Lomas with husband Jamie
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IT was another big year for Ashton actress Kym Marsh.

As the soapstar was busy promoting the Coronation Street musical - Street of Dreams - where she played Elsie Tanner, she was rocked by stories her fiance Jamie Lomas had kissed another woman in a hotel room in Leeds.

But Kym stood by her man, insisting the photo was a set-up and the pair got married at Cheshire’s Nunsmere Hall on September 1.

Fans were able to see all the wedding photos as Kym signed an exclusive deal with OK! magazine.

Kym also enjoyed fun in the sun as she partied in Marbella for her hen do.

The 35-year-old also signed a new long-term contract to remain in Coronation Street, with some juicy storylines.

Despite a quiet start to the year in the soap, Kym’s character, Michelle Connor, has been at the centre of a controversial story involving her son, Ryan, taking drugs,

Viewers also saw the lighter side to Michelle, as she started dating former flame Steve McDonald.

And from one strong female Wiganer, to another...Kay Burley released her second literary novel - Betrayal - in May.

And the former Beech Hill resident escaped an investigation by Ofcom after viewers complained about a Sky News interview in which she told volunteers live on camera that police did not expect to find missing child April Jones alive.

It was also a big year for Billinge actress Carley Stenson, as she swapped her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, for Princess Fiona in Shrek, in May.

She also turned 30 in September and also spoke publicly about her new boyfriend, Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac.