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Coronation Street star Sue Devaney plays the role of Debbie Webster on the hit show.
And for fans of the talented actress you’ll be pleased to hear she’s signed a new contract to take her to April 2022 on the soap.
She explained: “I absolutely love playing Debbie and I’ve just signed a new contract that will take me to April 2022.
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“When I first came back, I never imagined I would be around for that length of time and I’m delighted. Every day, when I drive into work, I have a big grin on my face. I’m so happy to be here.”
But who is Sue away from her role as Debbie? Let’s take a look…
Who is Sue Devaney?
Sue’s involvement with hit ITV soap Corrie dates back to 1984 when she had a year-long stint on the show.
At the time, she moved onto the street with her dad Bill, played by Peter Armitage, and brother Kevin, played by Michael Le Vell.
Since returning to the show some years later, Debbie and Kevn’s relationship as siblings has been pushed to its limits.
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Sue, 53, is an English actress who hails from Ashton-under-Lyne.
She has many notable acting credits to her name, including Casualty, Common As Muck, Heartbeat, Rita Briggs in Jonny Briggs and Dinner Ladies.
She’s also starred in movies, including Years and Years, The Mystery of Men, Made in the Eighties, and Shakespeare's Globe: The Two Noble Kinsmen.
As well as screen, Sue has also had success on stage too.
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Recently, the star opened up about her experience of addiction and mental health problems, in a bid to raise awareness about homelessness.
Talking to Manchester Evening News, the actress described her addiction as “the disease of more, more, more,” saying she had an “an insatiable appetite for the bad things in life.”
Opening up on tackling homelessness, Debbie continued: “I’m passionate about helping these people because I know what it’s like to have no money, no job.
"I have experienced mental health issues, low self esteem, low self worth like many of us. I know what it’s like to be an addict.
“People turn to substance abuse because, initially, it takes the pain away, even if it’s just for an hour or so.
“Then, it stops working and the very thing you used to take the pain away is causing you catastrophic pain.”
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She continued: “I am lucky. I got help. I had the disease of more, more, more… more drink, more sugar, just an insatiable appetite for the bad things in life. Nothing in moderation, everything in excess. I attracted the wrong type of folk.
“Am I less of a person for having the disease of addiction? I am not. So are they less of a person for using drugs and alcohol to cope?”
The actress even created an Instagram account named Tuck Me In On Tour (@suedevaney13) where she gives homeless people a voice.
Despite having a very tense relationship with Michael Le Vell on screen, it seems things are completely different when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Sue told the Metro : “‘It was filmed over three days, so it was a great opportunity to have a proper catch-up with Mike.
“We had such a laugh – at one point, they’re singing to try and keep their spirits up. So I was teaching Mike all the ABBA songs I learned from being on stage in Mamma Mia! I can even sing Dancing Queen in Korean, so I taught him that.”
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When she's not acting, Sue reportedly loves to travel and she also formed a band called The Dunky Dobbers with former Coronation Street and Emmerdale actress Michelle Holmes.
While it's not known if Sue is single or in a relationship, speaking in 2016, she told The Big Issue: “I never married because I was married to the job.
“I never had any children and I’m now nearly 50 and I think I’ve missed that opportunity but it’s only because I was busy doing what I was doing.”
She continued: “People think you can have it all – I don’t think you can. I like to do one thing and not juggle about 25 plates. I’ve got a lovely partner and my sister and my niece. I’ve got a life outside of acting.”
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