Colne ‘Coronation Street’ actress hopes for comedy role

SHE has gone from bonny Colne to the Corrie cobbles — and now soap sensation Natalie Gumede has revealed she hopes to try her hand at comedy.

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Natalie Gumede arriving at The British Soap Awards 2012 at The London TV Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 28, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

The stunning actress, who in 1996 won the Howard Rigg Leader-Times Stage Young Performer award, has recently been at the centre of one of the ITV soap’s most dramatic and darkest storylines.

Joining Weatherfield in 2011, Natalie took on the role of Kirsty Soames, a character who was soon to become the abusive lover to mechanic Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall.

Her believable and gripping portrayal of the part has gone on to gain her national acclaim, and in May last year the star bagged herself the Best Newcomer gong at the British Soap Awards.

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From ITV Tyrone and Kirsty - male domestic violence STRICT EMBARGO -TV Listings Magazines Tuesday 24 July 2012, Newspapers and other media including ANY websites Saturday 28 July 2012 Coronation Street - 7923 Thursday 2 August 2012 at 8.30pm Kirsty Soames [NATALIE GUMEDE] is seething when she finds out from Tommy how Tyrone Dobbs [ALAN HALSALL] has given him a break from his loan repayments so he can take Tina away for the weekend. Angry with Tyrone for failing to tell her about Tommyâ¬"s holiday and how heâ¬"s funding it, Kirsty loses her temper once more. Picture contact: [email protected] on 0161 952 6214 Photographer - Joseph Scanlon This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. T

More recently, she was nominated for the title of Most Popular Newcomer at the glittering National Television Awards, but was pipped to the post by EastEnders’ actor David Witts.

In an interview with OK! magazine on January 29th, the 28-year-old shared how it has been a challenge taking on such a physical and emotional role.

And while she has no intentions of leaving the street just yet, she did say she would enjoy her next acting venture to be a humorous one.

The star, who has also appeared in Doctors, Wire in the Blood and Emmerdale, said: “I knew she would be a dark character, but I had no idea that she would be this dark.

“The place I have to go to emotionally is ugly. “It’s great to be challenged as an actor, but it’s daunting because unless you’ve been in a situation like Tyrone and Kirsty or you know someone who has, it’s so hard to comprehend.

“I’ve been so blessed to be given the chance to play such a challenging character and work with such great actors.

“It’s so different to anything I’ve done before, but I think I’d like to do a comedy next!”