Salford born Dolly Rose-Campbell is nothing like her Coronation Street character, Gemma Winter... WRITTEN BY CLAIRE CRICK
Dolly-Rose Campbell, 32, is better known to soap fans as loud-mouthed Gemma Winter, who’s become a firm Coronation Street favourite since bursting onto our screens more than four years ago.
But while Gemma’s renowned for her brilliant brashness and dodgy dress-sense, Dolly-Rose is an entirely different kettle of fish…
1. Dolly-Rose Campbell was a massive Coronation Street fan before joining the show
Just days before Dolly-Rose got the call to say she’d got the part of Gemma she was actually on a public tour of the famous Corrie set! The actress told iN10: “I have always been a massive fan of Coronation Street. I’d had an audition before the tour and I wasn’t expecting anything, but then just a couple of days later I got the call saying I had got the part.”
2. She’s nothing like her on-screen alter ego
While we’ve grown to know and love Gemma Winter over the years, Dolly-Rose has admitted that she’s nothing like her character. She told The Sunday Post last year: “We have a very different dress sense and I like to spend time chilling out with my dog!”
3. She was originally only meant to be on Coronation Street for six episodes
Thankfully for Corrie fans, Dolly-Rose made such a good impression with soap bosses that she’s still on the show more than three years later. After originally arriving on the cobbles as Kylie Platt’s best friend, the actress is now enjoying her own storylines as a main cast member. Dolly-Rose’s alter ego often finds herself at the centre of the drama in Weatherfield, and is currently expecting a baby with long-serving character Chesney Brown.
4. She’s got a secret hobby that you wouldn’t expect!
While you often see Gemma propping up the bar at The Rovers nursing a vodka, Dolly-Rose has a more productive pastime – knitting! She has revealed that when she’s not filming or learning her lines for Corrie, she likes to spend her time getting crafty!
5. She’s not always been an actress
With Gemma landing her dream job of working behind the bar at The Rovers Return, Dolly has revealed to TV Times that she already knows her way around a beer pump: “I’ve worked behind a bar in real life, it was before Corrie when I worked in radio. I did hospitality and bar work.”
6. She’s a big art fan
While she’s not acting (or knitting!), Dolly-Rose is also a self-proclaimed art lover and is even a custodian at the Islington Mill, an independent arts hub in Salford, Manchester. She can often be found tweeting about art and even shares pictures at art events with former Corrie co-star and fellow arts lover Connor McIntyre, better known as cobbles killer Pat Phelan.
7. Being on Corrie has helped her buy her dream home
Even through Gemma’s quickly becoming one of Weatherfield’s most popular characters, Dolly-Rose has revealed that she will never take being on Corrie for granted. In fact being on the soap has enabled her to buy her own house, something she has admitted she never thought she would be able to do.
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