Coronation Street’s Toyah Battersby actress Georgia Taylor has been delighting viewers since making her debut on the ITV soap opera in the 90s.
She hit the streets in 1997, alongside dad Les Battersby (Bruce Jones), mom Janice (Vicky Entwistle) and sister Leanne, played by Jane Danson.
Georgia was just 17 when she made her Corrie debut, and it wasn’t long before the Battersbys, dubbed the “family from hell”, caused havoc in Weatherfield.
Toyah began a romance with eco-warrior Spider Nugent, but she was heartbroken when he left for India.
Her character endured trials and tribulations during her first stint on the show, and viewers were horrified when Toyah was embroiled in a heartbreaking story as she was raped by Phil Simmonds.
Toyah left the cobbles in 2003, when she found out her boyfriend John Arnley had been having an affair with her best friend Maria.
Fans were also stunned to realize that her name wasn’t actually Georgia, but was born Claire Jackson.
She said she had to change her name when she became an actress because there “seemed to be a lot of Claires” when she signed up to register with the actors’ union Equity.
“I couldn’t tell you where I got Georgia from except that I loved it, but my grandfather’s last name was Taylor and he passed away shortly before I got the part. “, she told the Daily Mirror.
“As a teenager I didn’t really think about the ramifications of going with a completely different name, but it does mean there’s been quite a bit of confusion over the years. At this point I’ll answer just about anything!” she laughed.
Georgia then landed a role on Casualty as Dr. Ruth Winters in 2007 and was a series regular until 2011.
She has also appeared in other TV shows including Midsummer Murders, Lewis, Where the Heart is, Law and Order: UK and Life on Mars, and dabbled in acting, alongside Helen Baxendale for The Woman Before.
Georgia played Kate Barker in Law & Order: UK and had a small role in the ITV detective series Agatha Raisin.
The actress also landed a few film roles during her hiatus with Corrie, alongside Dominic Cooper and James Corden in the 2006 comedy-drama The History Boys, as well as Jason Statham’s crime thriller The Bank Job in 2008.
It was announced in 2016 that she would be making her long-awaited return to Weatherfield, and on Christmas that year Toyah returned to reveal not only that she had left her husband, but that she had entered into a relationship with Peter. Barlow, his sister Leanne’s son. ex.
Since returning, Toyah has endured devastating heartbreak, as she and Peter embarked on a journey to become parents, undergoing IVF before finally deciding to use a surrogate, but it ended in loss. tragedy and a scandalous secret, causing the couple to separate.
Off-screen, Georgia is dating fellow actor Mark Letheren, having met him on the set of Casualty in 2008.
He’s now an aspiring photographer, and the couple regularly share beloved snaps on social media.
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