'I just love it!' Katie McGlynn reflects on career after more than a decade on TV

Katie McGlynn reflects on her acting career credit:Bang Showbiz
Katie McGlynn reflects on her acting career credit:Bang Showbiz

Katie McGlynn "genuinely loves" being an actress.

The 29-year-old star has played a number of roles on television, including troubled teenager Jodie 'Scout' Allen in 'Waterloo Road' and spent seven years playing Sinead Tinker on 'Coronation Street' from 2013 until 2020 but left the show when her character lost a battle with cancer and is in awe of the "impact" she can have on people with her job.

Speaking on ITV's 'Good Morning Britain', she said: "I genuinely love it, that's why I wanted to get into this industry. The impact that you can have, especially the stories on 'Coronation Street', which is in people's living rooms five times a week and to be able to really tackle those issues and the impact that you can have is just brilliant. I love to entertain people. I want to make people laugh, make people cry and that's just the beauty of this job."

The former 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant - who is now playing the part of Cleo in a touring production of Peter James' 'Wish You Were Dead' - went on to remember that her late grandfather was her "biggest supporter" early on in her career and always wanted her to land a part in 'Coronation Street' but tragically passed away just weeks before she got the audition.

She added: "My grandad was my biggest supporter and I remember we were watching 'Coronation Street', I'd just landed the job on 'Waterloo Road' and he's like 'When are you gonna get on 'Coronation Street', Katie?' I was like 'Hold your horses!'

"And sadly he passed away in the February just before his 80th birthday, and a week or two later I got the audition for 'Coronation Street', which was just really bizarre. I always think of him when I'm doing these amazing things and he's always in the back of my mind. I feel so lucky that I've had the career that I've had so far. In this play, Cleo is completely different to any other character that I've had."