Back to the past for Alice in her future role

Jeff Hewitt and Alice Barry at their new antiques and collectibles shop
Jeff Hewitt and Alice Barry at their new antiques and collectibles shop

Television favourite Alice Barry is taking inspiration from the past for her future venture – her own antiques and collectibles shop.

The popular star of hit comedy drama “Shameless” has opened “Barry’s” in Tunstall Square, Brierfield, with business partner Jeff Howard Hewitt.

Alice and Jeff, who also has a background in television, are hoping that props from old programmes and more traditional antiques will attract plenty of visitors.

Alice said: “I’ve been interested in antiques and collectibles for quite a long time.

“I used to have a stall at Karlin Antiques, Bank Hall, but this opportunity came up so I thought it would be nice to give it a go.

“Jeff restores frames and is an agent for local artist Peter Leyden who will have some of his work on sale here.

“We also have some props from old television programmes so there is something for everyone.”

Barry’s has already welcomed one celebrity visitor – Alice’s former “Shameless” co-star and “Emmerdale” actress Kelli Hollis.

Alice added: “Kelli enjoyed it here and I hope more people can visit. We are planning on opening a tea bar here too.”

Burnley-born Alice, who made her name playing brothel-keeper Lillian in “Shameless”, says her new business will not distract from her television career.

The actress revealed to the Burnley Express that her next role will be in the film “Road to Dewsbury” which begins filming in September, and she is also auditioning for other roles.

Closer to home, she recently hosted an “Audience With Alice” event at Towneley Hall where she talked about her eventful, and sometimes tragic, life.

She also recently appeared with stand-up comic Roy Chubby Brown on his final live show.