Celebrity Big Brother: Amanda Barrie reveals terror of coming out on Coronation Street
Former Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie has entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. At 82, the actress is the oldest ever contestant to walk into the reality TV show house. But it’s not the first time she’s taken a major decision in later life – she waited until 2003, age 67, to come out as bisexual. Amanda said she spent years terrified that revealing her same-sex attraction would get her axed from her dream job on Coronation Street. The CBB contestant is best known for her role as Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street, a hugely popular character that she played from 1981 until 2001. Millions tuned in to the ITV soap during her two decades, making Amanda and her character a household name. It wasn’t until after she left the soap that she came out as bisexual, however, revealing the truth in her autobiography. Amanda was put in the awkward position when she discovered paparazzi had been given a tip about her sexuality and she felt “absolutely terrified” about what the discovery would mean for her career. Speaking about the misery that she suffered, she told Loose Women in December 2016: “I remember just being absolutely terrified
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