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Sarah Harding eyes TV return

Sarah Harding loved playing a “very fiery” character for her cameo role in Coronation Street.

The former Girls Aloud singer impressed bosses on the ITV soap while filming her cameo role as feisty Joanie, the love rival of Tracy Barlow. Sarah landed the appearance after visiting the set and hopes she impresses fans with her performance.

“I went there late last year for Good Morning Britain, and they could see straight away that I was a fan. They gave me a grand tour and I got chatting to the casting and publicity people. They asked, ‘Can you act?’ and I said ‘I have been known to!’

“I wangled myself a bit-part and my mum is so jealous. It turns out they’ve given me more episodes to film after my music,” she is quoted as saying by British newspaper The Sun while attending The Pink Ribbon Charity Lunch at Champneys Tring Health Spa.

“I don’t know about doing it full-time. You only get about seven days to learn your lines. Sometimes you have to learn on the spot. It’s not like when I’ve done films and you learn the script well in advance. I’m nervous because people are going to expect high standards.”

Sarah has almost finished work on four episodes and is also about to launch her solo EP. She loved shooting scenes for the popular soap and admits it made her appreciate how hard TV actors work.

“I play a woman scorned,” the blonde singer explained. “I am playing Joanie, who is Tracy Barlow’s first husband’s new wife, but he’s never stopped loving Tracy.

“I’m a very fiery character but I’ve also had a lot of emotional scenes. It’s hard work in soapland, but everyone is so friendly. I just love it there. Also my family are from up there, and I get to see my friends too.”

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