South Yorkshire TV queen Katherine Kelly is no diva – the mum-to-be has been spending rare time off helping to make costumes for a children’s show back home in Barnsley.
The former Coronation Street favourite, who played Becky McDonald, has just finished filming a new series of Mr Selfridge and is in huge demand for some of TV’s other top dramas, starring in The Field of Blood, The Last Witch and The Guilty.
Last week she picked up another award – this time she was crowned Yorkshire Woman Of The Year.
The 33-year-old, who earlier this year wed Australian digital analyst manager Ryan Clark, also 33, recently announced she is expecting.
She’s got a lot on.
But still, on a trip home she spent her ‘baby shower’ showing her bump to family and friends and helping them to make kids’ costumes for Second World War musical Keep Calm And Sing For Victory.
The production, written and directed by her dad John, with mum Anne as producer, gets its world premiere this week and runs at the town’s little Lamproom Theatre on Westgate, Barnsley, from Tuesday to Saturday, October 29 to November 2.
Katherine, or Kate as everyone affectionately knows her at the venue, also called in on rehearsals to give some tips to The Lamproom Youth Theatre Ensemble – LYTE.
She told The Star: “When I was little there was no youth theatre in Barnsley. I’m a patron here, my main responsibilities are with LYTE and the kids.
“I’m so proud of my mum and dad. This is a charity, the Lamproom Theatre. It’s not a business. And they’ve never taken a penny.”
She added: “We’ve had a baby shower and at night we’ve been sat making pompoms for the kids’ costumes.
“It keeps you down to earth. My nan’s also involved. It’s the love of the theatre and what it’s given us.
“I’m sad I can’t see the show as I’m working in London. So I’m here to see what’s going on.”
Dad John, aged 62, said: “I’ve got four superb kids.
“I’m so lucky and very proud of them all.”
Tickets for Keep Calm And Sing For Victory are £9 adults, concessions £8. Buy in person, call 01226 2000075 or visit www.barnsleylamproom.com.
* See digital editor Graham Walker’s big interview with Katherine and dad John in The Star on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.