Julie was born and raised in Church, Accrington, and went to Moorhead High School where she later became head girl. A woman with a strong social conscience, Julie originally wanted to be a social worker. She was an amateur actress with the Oswaldtwistle Players and studied A-level Theatre…more
Julie trained at LAMDA between 1988-1991.
Julie's parents are Maureen and John.
Julie's Coronation Street character, Hayley Cropper, is the first transgendered character in a British serial.
Julie is a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust, which helps gay, lesbian and transgendered people.
Julie is married to actor and playwright Ian Kershaw.
Julie has a daughter, Martha, born in 2001.