Queen visits Coronation Street for first time in 29 years
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Amanda Mealing, 54, has detailed how the Queen interrupted filming on the cobbles in an interview with Express.co.uk. Aside from her flourishing career as a director, the star was also keen to talk about her work with WaterAid, as she recently handed in a letter to Downing Street signed by nearly 20,000 people addressing the growing climate crisis.
Amanda left Casualty back in April, as her character Connie Beauchamp made her shock exit from the show leaving fans in shock.
The star decided she wanted a break from acting and, with some directing experience already under her belt from working for her production company, landed a gig on Coronation Street.
When asked how she found directing the well-loved soap, she replied: “Chaos. It was chaos.”
She went on to clarify: “It was great fun. I mean, it’s an iconic show.”
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The star then described an unusual day on the cobbles when the Queen herself made an unlikely appearance in July, to mark its 60 years on the television.
“Having the Queen turn up in the middle of your shoot is a first!” she admitted.
“Her Majesty turned up one morning, so I had to vacate the street and then I found it absolutely impossible to get anyone to focus in the afternoon.”
“So I blame the Queen for not getting my shot list finished that day. So she owes me one,” Amanda joked.
The actress admitted that, despite her long-established roles in both Holby City and Casualty, she was slightly starstruck by the soap.
“Even I found myself taking photos of the Rovers and stuff like that,” she confessed, naming the soap’s pub.
Amanda also shared her favourite scenes to direct from the show, which were for the story lines concerning Maria Connor (played by Samia Longchambon) and her son Liam (Charlie Wrenshall).
Referencing her character Maria, Amanda told Samia: “We’ve made her into a badass b***h now, so go forth and be happy. So she loved playing that part.”
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She also praised the young actor portraying Liam for his realistic, researched depiction of an asthma attack, saying: “I was really surprised – pleasantly surprised by his approach.
“The performance he gave was astounding, so I think there’s a little star in the making there.”
Amanda has also been incredibly busy campaigning for charity WaterAid, delivering an open letter written by Burkina Faso representative Basile Ouedraogo to Number 10, which was signed by nearly 20,000 people.
The letter, which was delivered ahead of the COP26 summit tomorrow, outlines the devastation felt by the poorest communities who get the brunt of our ever worsening climate crisis, despite not having the resources to deal with its severe effects.
The letter called for the government to ensure a third of their international climate fund went to local projects in the most vulnerable parts of Africa, including those that are subject to flooding and drought.
Amanda said: “It’s about helping those communities adapt, because not only is it the poorest communities that are already struggling with clean water issues, but they are now on the frontline of the climate crisis – they’re the ones that have been impacted first and hardest.”
Speaking about the “amazing” people she met on her trip to Ghana in “the most devastating situations” she continued: “It’s heartbreaking, because water is such a simple thing and such a basic need for everyone.
“I mean, it is an injustice. It’s not right and it’s not fair that anyone should be living in that kind of situation – but it is something that can be rectified.”
An incredible 19,148 celebrities, cross-party politicians and WaterAid supporters have added their names to Basile’s open letter to join OurClimateFight, calling on Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to listen to people most affected by climate change.
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