Corrie's Sally Dynevor 'didn't believe MBE was real' as she's given honour

Corrie's Sally Dynevor 'didn't believe MBE was real' as she's given honour

12/31/2020

Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor is still in shock after receiving an MBE as part of the Queen’s New Year honours list. 

The actress was named among the recipients of this year’s honours today, alongside Craig David, Lewis Hamilton, NHS workers who have helped us through the coronavirus crisis and soon-to-be Dame Sheila Hancock. 

Sally received the award for services to drama, having played Sally Webster/Metcalfe for the past 35 years on the ITV soap. 

Speaking about her nomination, Sally said: ‘I am humbled, grateful and very proud to have received this honour. I am still in shock.

‘I didn’t believe it was real when I first found out earlier this month that I was to be given an MBE. Keeping it a secret has been so difficult.’ 

Coronation Street celebrated its 60th anniversary on air in 2020, and Sally credits the landmark moment for taking her down memory lane and everything she’s achieved. 

Over the course of her time on the show, Sally has become known as the know-it-all of the cobbles, and has been through the ringer in terms of dramatic storylines.

She was centre of a domestic abuse plot, survived a mini-bus crash, become mayor, and had more than one fight in the street.

‘I am so blessed to have met and worked with some wonderful people, not only on Coronation Street but also through the incredible charity Prevent Breast Cancer, their founder, Lester Barr, and their amazing fundraising team,’ she said. ‘This honour is as much for them as it is for me.

‘I also want to thank my beautiful family, Tim, Phoebe, Sam and Hattie, for their constant love and support.’ 

John Whiston, managing director of continuing drama and head of ITV in the North for ITV Studios, said: ‘We on Coronation Street are thrilled that Sally Dynevor has been honoured by the Queen.

‘Every episode of Coronation Street is cheerier, warmer and much, much funnier for having the character she plays, Sally Metcalfe, in it.

‘It takes a uniquely special talent to create such a beloved character and then sustain that over an incredible 35 years.

‘Sally Dynevor has that talent in abundance. But she is also a hugely generous actor, taking younger actors under her wing and generally making our world of work a better and kinder place, and for that we are all hugely grateful.

‘And just imagine how proud Sally Metcalfe would have been had it been her who had got an MBE. You’d never have heard the end of it!’

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