UK Corrie actress is on a mission to keep the arts alive amid coronavirus pandemic last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Kel Allen has played two characters in Coronation Street and wants to help others to follow in her footsteps onto the cobbles
Breaking News ! She's proud to have played not one but two feisty characters in Coronation Street, and Kel Allen is now hoping to help others on the path to Weatherfield. Kel and her best friend Archie Purnell are launching a Manchester-based acting school specialising in training actors for TV and film. The actress first appeared in Coronation Street in January 2018 as Lulu Lockett, the manager of the strip club Tassels where Bethany Platt worked for a while as a lapdancer. She returned to the programme in April this year to make a big impact as Laura Neelan, the widow of loan shark Rick Neelan. Kel and her best friend Archie Purnell are launching an acting school (Image: Kel Allen) "I've graced the cobbles twice now and it would be great to introduce others to the street," said Kel. This summer her character Laura raised eyebrows when she flirted with suave solicitor Adam Barlow after he'd just walked down the aisle with Sarah Platt. But Adam was cosying up to Laura to crack the case of Rick's murder at the hands of his nemesis Gary Windass. "She loves a good flirt does Laura and she gets the fellas," said Kel, who says it was a 'dream come true' to join the world's longest-running soap which turns 60 in December. Archie and Kel say the arts are needed now more than ever to provide escapism. Kel as Laura Neelan on Coronation Street (Image: Coronation Street/ITV) But amid the coronavirus pandemic numerous productions and events from the world of film and television have been postponed or cancelled during a challenging time for the cultural sector. "It's been a difficult time for the industry and we need the arts now more than ever," said Kel. "Talking to Corrie fans about Corrie in lockdown and it was people needed, that stability. It's what keeps people going.
Kel as Laura with Sam Robertson as Adam Barlow
(Image: Coronation Street/ITV)
"Everyone involved makes the show from the actors, to the writers, the producers, technicians and electricians." Archie said: "We're not going to be defeated, it's in our blood. "Its all we know and the arts is an amazing world to be in. "It's sad that it's not regarded like that at a time when it's got us through a global pandemic. "Imagine a world with no TV or no music, nothing."
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Recently a government ad campaign, suggesting a ballerina should give up on dancing and retrain in cyber security, provoked anger on social media. Superstar DJ Fatboy accused the government of 'throwing the arts under a bus.'
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Kel, who also starred in Children's Ward, Cutting It and Emmerdale, explained about the weekly evening classes: "It's a bit of positivity to keep people going. Our classes are aimed at professional actors in between jobs and auditions and graduates who want to start working in TV and if you've never acted before and want to work on self confidence."
Auditions will be held in November for the launch of Stellar Actors Studio in January. Kel and fellow actor Archie will be joined by other professionals in the industry including actors, directors and producers to share their skills and experience. Stellar Actors Studio will become the sister of the Stellar School of Acting performing arts school for children and young performers, Stellar Workshops and The Stellar Talent Group acting agency which were founded by Archie.