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Sarah Lancashire's life away from Happy Valley - mental health battle, Coronation Street roles and marriages

The latest and final series of Happy Valley has left viewers on the edge of their seats as it returns after years off the air.

Sarah Lancashire plays Catherine Cawood, a police community officer for the West Yorkshire Police Department, in the BBC cop drama. The third season sees Catherine discover the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, which sets off a chain of events and leads her to Tommy Lee Royce, the man who raped her daughter.

Following the gritty drama, many fans are concerned that a throwaway scene could hint towards the demise of a fan-favourite character. Fans have picked up on the frequent references to Catherine's upcoming retirement, which they worry hints at her death in the upcoming season finale.

But, what do we know about the show's lead actress? Here, we take a look at Sarah's life outside the show, reports the Mirror.

Sarah had links to the TV industry before finding fame herself, as her father Geoffrey Lancashire, who died in 2004, was a TV script writer. During his career, he wrote 171 episodes for ITV soap Coronation Street and penned other TV series including Inheritance, Shabby Tiger, and The Cuckoo Waltz.

Meanwhile, Sarah's mum Hilda worked as his personal assistant.

Before her best-known role in Happy Valley, Sarah marked the start of her career on stage instead of on screen. She said "the start of her career as an actor" came after she took part in two plays with the Manchester Library Theatre Company.

In 1987 she went on to make a brief appearance in Coronation Street as Wendy Farmer, a nurse and prospective lodger for the Duckworths. Four years later, Sarah returned to the soap in a new role January 1991 as Raquel Wolstenhulmer.

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Lisa Snowdon - Lisa Snowdon, 50, discusses her health woes as she wards off 'wellness fads' in new year -
Lisa Snowdon, 50, discusses her health woes as she wards off 'wellness fads' in new year about how new year's resolutions push people to pursue “unachievable” goals through “wellness fads”.Lisa explained: “I want to speak out about wellness fads because, in most cases, they are adopted as part of a January ‘new year, new me’ resolution.“Most people set these extreme resolutions, which have good intentions, but are more often than not unachievable and therefore nobody can stick to them.”In a bid to help people understand the inefficacy of some wellness fads, Lisa has partnered with gut health supplement Symprove to design three spoof health fads - The Bowel Counsellor, The Anal Crystal and ‘Bougie Poo-fumée’ candles.The fake methods aim to highlight just how ludicrous some “wellness fads” can be and why it is important to look after your gut and keep a healthy balanced lifestyle.Lisa elaborated: “This is why I wanted to work with Symprove again as they have such a great way of talking openly about our tummies, guts and bowel movements.“In our partnership, we wanted to spoof some of the funny and more extreme wellness fads that are out there to show that you don't have to go to extreme lengths to look after your gut.”The former Strictly Come Dancing star went on: “Although I personally love crystals, candles and counselling - it’s obvious that counselling for your bowel doesn’t exist, poo candles are simply just hilarious and putting crystals in any body orifice is definitely not recommended.“Symprove and I created these health fads to prove that nobody needs to go that far.“Instead, I believe that making smaller, more realistic changes to your daily routine, can have a bigger impact on your general wellbeing.”Elsewhere in the interview, Lisa opened up about her own gut health and how exercise
Anton Du Beke - prince Harry - 'Horrible to see the pain' Gabby Logan breaks down over husband as she gives health update -
'Horrible to see the pain' Gabby Logan breaks down over husband as she gives health update
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Strictly's Matt Goss opens up about 'very rare' health condition to help raise awareness - - Poland
Strictly's Matt Goss opens up about 'very rare' health condition to help raise awareness
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Stacey Dooley - Rachel Riley - Giovanni Pernice - Strictly curse babies – Rachel Riley's sweet arrival, health woes and pregnancy rumours -
Strictly curse babies – Rachel Riley's sweet arrival, health woes and pregnancy rumours
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Ex-England rugby star Steve Thompson's health battles - neck injuries to dementia -
Ex-England rugby star Steve Thompson's health battles - neck injuries to dementia
Steve Thompson's documentary called Head On: Rugby, Dementia and Me will air on BBC Two tonight (October 5) and the former rugby star will go into detail about his dementia diagnosis and how he struggles to remember some of his finest sporting moments.The former rugby union player played in the position of hooker for Northampton Saints and England during his career, and he was once England's most-capped hooker.However, his dementia diagnosis has caused the rugby star to lose his memory of his sporting achievements, including his MBE and 2003 World Cup win.But when was Steve Thompson diagnosed with dementia and what other health battles has he faced?Here's everything you need to know:Steve was initially forced to quit rugby in 2007 after picking up a neck injury during a match against Biarritz for Northampton.The rugby star went on to receive a second opinion from doctors about the injury, and he then returned to rugby a short while later.However, Steve's sporting career ended for good in 2011 after he endured a second neck injury, causing him to experience numbness and dizziness after hitting a scrum machine.The injury came just two days before his debut with the London Wasps.The rugby player attempted to carry on training despite the injury and played for an hour in the 14-12 win at Worcester, which was his only game for the club and his last in professional rugby.He told the BBC: I went to the specialist and he advised me it isn't safe to carry on playing."It just went. I was gutted.
Monty Python's Flying Circus stars now - BBC row, health battle and tragic death at 48 - - Usa - city London
Monty Python's Flying Circus stars now - BBC row, health battle and tragic death at 48
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Gorka Marquez - Gemma Atkinson - 'Bl**** horrible month!' Gemma Atkinson gives worrying update during health problems - - Britain
'Bl**** horrible month!' Gemma Atkinson gives worrying update during health problems
Gemma Atkinson said she would like to “keep it real” with her fans as they have become like an “extended family” before going on to explain how her health has taken some worrying turns over the past month.The 37-year-old fitness guru, who is engaged to Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Márquez, 32, shared an honest post on her Instagram stories for her 1.8 million followers to read.Within the statement, she said: “Wanted to keep it real with you lot on here as its always like having an extended family.“It’s been a “bl**** horrible month.“Early Sept I had to have a colonoscopy from smear results that they weren’t happy with.Thankfully everything was fine, no issues at all, but the build up to waiting wasn’t great…“I think we automatically assume the worst as humans don’t we!”Sick with worry over her own health, Gemma went on to say things sadly went from bad to worse as the day after getting her colonoscopy results she had to have a tooth out.“I had my tooth out and then the dry socket [when a blood clot fails to develop in the tooth socket, causing an ache or throbbing pain] started which was agony for 10 days,” the former Emmerdale star explained.Slowly getting over her dental work, Gemma was hit with “another infection” which knocked her sideways, forcing her to take time off of her drivetime radio show at Hits Radio UK.“Thankfully getting over” her infection, the star, who has a young daughter Mia with fiancé Gorka said that the next problem she had to overcome was the worry her pooch Norman caused her.Writing in the post she said: “Yesterday Norman’s breathing went funny. Very shallow and fast.“They did some bloods and he too has an infection and the enzymes in his liver are high.
Rylan Clark - Graziano Di-Prima - Strictly's Kym Marsh confirms hidden health battle that could affect performance -
Strictly's Kym Marsh confirms hidden health battle that could affect performance
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EastEnders' Paul Nicholls makes career comeback after drug relapse and health scare - - Thailand
EastEnders' Paul Nicholls makes career comeback after drug relapse and health scare
EastEnders star Paul Nicholls is to lead a major show in a dramatic TV comeback.After minor roles in the early 90s, the 43-year-old actor got his big break on the BBC One soap in 1996. Paul was cast as loveable teenage rogue Joe Wicks but departed EastEnders just one year later as his life spiralled out of control.READ MORE:EastEnders Jessie Wallace's love life - co-star's godson, policeman and fling with fanAmid the pressures of fame and his partying, Paul developed a high-dependency addiction to cocaine and upon deciding to get sober in 2008, would relapse several times.Following a throat cancer scare in 2016, Paul's health woes went from bad to worse.After yet another drug relapse in 2017, the actor suffered two broken legs after falling down a waterfall as he ran from a pack of wild dogs in Thailand.Paul spent three days trapped at the bottom of the waterfall before being rescued.The incident also left Paul with 37 different infections, which were only diagnosed after they caused him to suffer a stroke while rehearsing for a theatre role.Following the traumatic health scare, Paul suffered yet another drug relapse.He previously told The Sun: "The rabbit hole I went down led to places that I never thought I'd end up in – flats with people I didn’t know."At certain points I'd be gone for three or four days and not sleep at all.
Thérèse Coffey - BBC Breakfast’s Jon Kay sparks outrage as Health Secretary shuts down tense chat -
BBC Breakfast’s Jon Kay sparks outrage as Health Secretary shuts down tense chat
BBC Breakfast host Jon Kay was shut down by new Health Secretary Therese Coffey during tense grilling as she ended interview early.During Wednesday’s instalment of the popular BBC morning show, the 52-year-old broadcaster returned to Number 10 Downing Street as he shared live coverage ahead of Liz Truss’ first cabinet meeting.While Sally Nugent held down the fort on the red sofa at the Salford studios, the TV presenter interviewed the first female deputy prime minister as he grilled her on the backlash she has faced on social media.READ MORE:BBC Breakfast thrown into major format shake-up as Sally Nugent presents soloBut it appeared as though the politician was unimpressed with his line of questioning as she swiftly shut down his comments, arguing that she had to “move on” to another broadcaster.When she appeared on the BBC show, the 50-year-old MP discussed her ABCD police which aims to improve ambulances, medical backlog, care, doctors and dentists in the NHS.She told viewers at home: “As I say my focus is on ABCD and that will be my focus for the time that I'm in health and social care.“Forgive me to my friends at the BBC I need to move on to another broadcaster.”Determined to get answers following the backlash she received about her religion and opinions on health, Jon pushed for an answer on air.He said: “Okay well we’ll see you down here in Downing Street very shortly but I was just going to ask you before you go.“You know that there’s scrutiny about your personal views and your faith right now.“You'll also have seen stuff on social media last night talking about you being a smoker, how do you welcome all of this talk?”Therese fired back with: "I didn’t look at social media last night, I'm too busy trying to get