Sarah lands top theatre role

A Wigan actress who spent 10 years in the top teen soap Hollyoaks has just gained the most important role in her theatrical career.

Sarah Jayne Dunn is more than delighted to be playing the lead role of Sally in "When Harry Met Sally" opposite former Coronation Street actor Rupert Hill.

Sarah is a girl with stars in her eyes and she was still at Lowton Community High School when, at 14, she won the part of wannabe model Mandy.

At 28, she had already spent half her life in show business – and says there's still lots to learn, and is in no doubt that she's more than impressed to be playing Sally, the role made famous in the film by Meg Ryan.

Speaking from her dressing room, Sarah says she's been staying with her family in Lowton, although she has her own place in Liverpool.

She said: "I don't come from a show-business family – my dad's a police officer and mum's a book keeper.

"They have supported all my ambitions.

"When the Hollyoaks opportunity came up, I grabbed it even though I was only 14.

"I juggled work and school – with great support from my drama teacher Mike Bourke and my form teacher Mr Fisher."

She admits that her confidence was boosted by a modelling course, and since leaving Hollyoaks, where she was a Soap Award winner for her scenes in a dramatic car crash, she had toured in the hit show Boeing Boeing, played in 12 episodes of Dr Who and played in the Vagina Monologues.

Of her years in Hollyoaks, where she became an icon to millions of girls, Sarah said: "They were marvellous and very happy years. We were a real family. It was tough to leave and I was delighted to return for a couple of stories."