Vicky Entwistle: I never watch Corrie

Former Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle has admitted that she no longer watches the soap following her departure last year.

The 43-year-old spent 14 years in the show as Janice Battersby – but the actress confessed to Inside Soap magazine that she does not miss Weatherfield.

“I haven’t seen an episode of Corrie since the day I went. It’s not exactly a conscious thing to avoid it – you just move on don’t you?” she said.

“I can’t watch it as a viewer these days because I know all the actors in real life, so it’ll never be the same for me.”

Vicky added that she misses certain cast members, including Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally, and Jane Danson – who played her screen daughter Leanne – but that leaving the soap was an easy decision.

“There are only so many times you can keep going round in circles with the same plots and I love being able to go for different parts now,” she said.

However the actress – who is currently starring in the play Funny Peculiar with a host of other soap stars – said Janice would undoubtedly clash with Stella (Michelle Collins), who is Leanne’s birth mother, if she ever returned to the show.

“She’d want to knock Stella out!” Vicky joked. “But you know what soap is like – they’d become buddies and go down the bingo together!”