Corrie legend Sally Dynevor 'in shock' after receiving OBE in New Year Honours
Coronation Street dear Sally Dynevor is "still in shock" a month after she was told about her MBE award.
The Queen's New Year honours for 2021 includes the Sally Metcalfe actress for her services to drama, having starred on the Cobbles for 35 years.
She made her Weatherfield debut back in 1986, and Sally admits she had no idea the beloved soap would take her this far when she first set foot onto set.
"I am humbled, grateful and very proud to have received this honour," the 57-year-old shared.
"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."
She added: "During the 60th anniversary of Coronation Street I was reminded daily of my time on the show - the young girl in those scenes 35 years ago could only have dreamed of the incredible things that were going to happen in the coming years.
"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.
"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."
Sally's decade-crossing Corrie stint has seen her grapple with some hard-hitting plotlines, including her marriage to the first man she met in Weatherfield, Kevin Webster.
Played by Michael Le Vell, Kevin and Sally's marriage was one of Corrie's defining relationships.
Sally has also been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of cruel ex Greg Kelly (Stephen Billington).
Among her other prominent plots was a heartbreaking breast cancer diagnosis, a frightening bus crash, a near-death experience with a collapsing roof and her wrongful imprisonment for fraud.
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."