Sarah Harding has hit back at critics of her Coronation Street performance after making her debut on the ITV soap last night.
The 33-year-old, who is playing Robert Preston’s estranged wife Joni for four episodes, was bombarded with complaints over her ‘terrible’ acting on Twitter last night. But guess what? She’s not taking it lying down.
‘I try not to pay any attention to that’, she told This Morning. ‘If you’re going in as a known face, you’re always going to get flak. If anything, I turn all that into a positive energy. It just makes me more determined.’ We admire that attitude, SH.
She went on to explain that the problem might have been because ITV bosses didn’t want her to put on an accent.
‘Everyone’s going to have an opinion at the end of the day’, she said. ‘The character was quite an uptight character anyway and they didn’t want me to do a northern accent, so I suppose I come across as me.’
‘I suppose that can be quite confusing, as opposed to coming on as a character who’s unknown. You can’t please everyone but I had a laugh doing it. Everyone was so lovely to me and I enjoyed my time there and now I’m moving on.’
The former Girls Aloud star picked up where Michelle Keegan left off by joining the hit ITV soap earlier this summer.
‘I am excited to be joining Coronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can’t wait to get started’, the 33-year-old said of her new acting venture at the time.
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And as usual, the Girls Aloud ladies have been nothing but overjoyed for their former bandmate, taking to Twitter to pay their congratulations.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini kicked off with a tweet reading: ‘Congrats babe #strutthosecobbles.’
‘Yay congrats babe! #roversreturngetready’, Kimberley Walsh wrote next.
Sarah will start filming in May and will appear in four episodes over summer.
Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn said: ‘Sarah is proving to be a gifted and exciting actor and I’m absolutely delighted to have her on board, the viewers are in for a treat as her character will be right at the heart of a massive new story for the Barlows.’