Everything you need to know about Alison King, who plays Carla Connor in Coronation Street...

Coronation Street without Carla Connor would be like The Rovers without hotpot on the menu. But while actress Alison King might be a firm favourite on the ITV soap, there are still a few things she’s managed to keep hidden…

 1. She hasn’t always been an actress

She might be a TV star these days, but Alison has had plenty of other jobs before finding her dream career. Not only did she move to Newquay in Cornwall at the age of 18 to work at Fat Willys Surf Shack, she also spent four years as a dental nurse before enrolling at the North Cheshire Theatre School at the age of 22.

2. She’s a thoughtful friend

Alison King with Kym Marsh

On screen in Corrie… while off screen Alison King and Kym Marsh are big mates

It’s no secret that Alison and fellow Coronation Street star Kym Marsh are the best of mates, but their friendship runs deep. Kym explained to OK! Magazine that Alison makes a touching gesture every year for her late son Archie, who died in 2009 after being born 18 weeks early… “Alison’s daughter Daisy shares the same birthday as Archie, Ali had just given birth when she heard I had lost Archie. So every year on Daisy’s birthday they always send me a photo of a candle they have lit for Archie.”

3. Carla Connor wasn’t her first Corrie role

Before getting the role as Underworld’s head honcho, Alison had previously appeared on the show in one episode in 2004 as a different character, Mrs Fanshaw. But fast forward two years and she was back after being cast as Carla Connor in 2006.

4. Rupert Grint is one of her favourite former co-stars

Alison became friends with the Harry Potter star when they both appeared on dark comedy Sick Note. The actress told us: “He’s an absolute treasure, we got the giggles a lot. There was one night when I’d gone for a drink after work and sitting near us were the biggest Harry Potter fans ever, I could hear them talking about the films. I wanted to say, ‘You’ll never guess who I’ve been working with today!’”

5. She does yoga to relax

Alison might have a jam-packed schedule filming at Coronation Street, but she still makes time to unwind after work. She told us: “I live half an hour away from the Corrie studios, so the drive home is my time to switch off. I also like a bit of yoga and meditation, and of course I always look forward to spending time my daughter, Daisy.”

6. She used to be in Brookside

Brookside creator Phil Redmond with the legendary street sign

Brookside creator Phil Redmond with the legendary street sign

Whilst training at theatre school, Alison got her first television role as hairdresser Helen in two episodes of Brookside. But that’s not the only TV role she had before joining Corrie, Alison also played Lynda Block in Sky One’s Dream Team.

7. She’s not a fan of reality TV

While the rest of the nation might be glued to the latest reality TV show on offer, Alison has confessed she would much rather watch a gritty drama or an engrossing documentary. She told us: “Love Island isn’t my thing and as a mum of a daughter I just wouldn’t watch it. I’m massively into The Affair. I also love The Sinner and The Staircase which I’ve been watching on Netflix. It’s gripping!”

Main Alison King picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock; Corrie pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock; Brookside picture: Peter Lomas/REX/Shutterstock