Sexy Coronation Street Star Katie Mcglynn On Hitting Big Time Im Nothing Like Frumpy Sinead
With her seemingly endless legs on show in a fitted dress, blonde hair cascading down her back and heavy make-up on ready for a night out, Katie McGlynn looks nothing like her Corrie character.
And that is just the way she likes it.
The star’s soap alter ego Sinead Tinker prefers opaque tights, cardigans, comfy dresses and quiet nights in with her boyfriend Chesney Brown.
But 21-year-old Katie admits she would be bored to tears if she dressed in such a dowdy fashion and stayed in every night in real life.
She laughs: “Sinead has a very odd style. I love dressing as her because it means I am comfy as well.
"But I love getting glammed up. I am more glamorous, and I get my legs out and stuff. I would say I was more sexy and younger than Sinead, I act more my age.”
But despite Katie’s sexy look away from the Street, she is definitely not on the lookout for romance.
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“I can’t be bothered with boys,” she says, with her head in her hands. “It is too much effort, it is just weird. The thought of a date gets me scared.
“It is like an audition. Unless you already know the person, I find it really formal. It is so much pressure, I hate it.
“I like to go out and have a laugh with my friends like you do at 21, not stop in with Chesney every night like Sinead does. I would be bored.”
The actress learned her trade at the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop, in Bury, Greater Manchester, where Corrie stars Georgia May Foote and Jennie McAlpine were pupils.
She first hit our screens at 18 when she appeared as Scout in Waterloo Road, but being on Britain’s best loved soap has raised her profile so much, she now always wonders if blokes are chatting her up for the right reasons.
She says: “You do find that people who didn’t speak to you before want to talk to you now. And I think because I am only 21 and I have managed to get this job that boys are intimidated.
"I’ve moved out of home as well, but a lot of lads my age still live with their mum and dad.
“I have been on dates before and they have always tried to take me to posh restaurants and I’m not like that at all. I expect them to make an effort, but they don’t have to take me for a candlelit dinner in Paris.
"I love Nando’s but it is really busy so I would be worried about getting recognised on a first date!”
It is hard to believe confident Katie is the same little girl who was once so timid she would not put up her hand in class to answer a question.
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Her shyness meant she struggled to make friends, prompting her worried mum Ruth McGlynn to enrol her in a drama group to boost her confidence.
She ended up at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Katie’s hometown of Littleborough, near Rochdale.
Katie says: “I was really awkward. In school if you had to read something out I used to hate it, I used to go bright red. I was really quiet and was shy at making friends.
"Acting makes you talk to people. So from that I just loved to do acting. I realised it was what I wanted to do. It helped me to come out of my shell.”
And she is certainly not short of confidence now. She is embracing the independence of living on her own in Manchester city centre, and absolutely loving life on the ITV soap.
Katie says she still has to pinch herself every time she walks onto the cobbles, where her character lives at No.5, with fella Chesney, cousin Craig, and her auntie Beth and Beth’s husband Kirk.
She laughs: “I’ve been on Corrie about a year and a half and I still feel weird. It is mint. I feel privileged to be here.
“I used to watch it with my grandad and grandma. They used to joke, ‘When are you going to be in this?’ and now I am. They are all dead proud.”
Now Katie is relishing her chance to get her teeth into a meaty storyline, after being handed a massive part in the soap’s upcoming minibus crash, which was revealed this week and will dominate episodes from January 19 to 21.
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Sinead suffers the worst injuries when the bus, driven by Steve McDonald – who is taking staff at the Underworld knicker factory to a work party – is run off the road by a gang of boy racers.
Katie says: “I still consider myself as new and wasn’t expecting to get a storyline like this. To get the chance made me nervous, but really happy. It has been really emotional, but as an actor that is challenging.”
She adds of Sinead’s injuries: “I’ve done research online, but every person is different. Sinead is in the early stages after the crash so we don’t know if she properly recovers.
“She has got a long road ahead of her. And Steve obviously admits his depression, so there are lots of stories to come out of the crash.”
Many girls Katie’s age would be forgiven for suffering a crisis of confidence being thrust into the midst of Corrie’s most dramatic storyline since the tram crash in 2010.
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But the down-to-earth actress is comfortable in her own skin, and ignores any criticism that comes her way.
She says: “I just take everything in my stride. If you overanalyse everything you would feel pressure and think you have to do this or look like that.
“I take my job seriously, but not how people perceive me. No matter what you do people are going to love or hate you. I would rather just chill out and get on with the job than get wrapped up in all the other stuff.
“A few people have said Sinead looks pregnant. To be fair she does look massive. My friend said to me he can’t fathom it, because Sinead looks big but I am a size 8-10. I laughed and said, ‘Oh that’s just Sinead’. I see it as the character.”
She admits most girls are “paranoid” about their body image, but adds: “As long as you’re comfortable with it, you shouldn’t worry what others think.
“I like to go out and have fun with my friends, I wouldn’t want to be in the gym 24/7. Life is for living, I don’t want to get hung up on things like that. Work hard, play hard – I like that saying.”