10 things you didn’t know about Coronation Street star Julia Goulding, aka Shona Ramsey!

From loving chocolate to hating cooking, here are a few surprise facts about the actress who plays Weatherfield favourite Shona Ramsey…

Shona Ramsey has had an eventful life since arriving on Coronation Street in 2016. Feathers were more than ruffled when she was revealed as the mother of Kylie Platt’s killer, Clayton Hibbs, and tongues were wagging when she then began a relationship with Kylie’s widower, David. But what do we know about Julia Goulding, the actress who plays Shona?

Well, here are a few things you may not know about talented Coronation Street star, Julia Goulding…

1. She went to the same drama school as Hannibal Lecter…

Julia is a graduate of RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – which has produced some of the finest actors in the country. Hannibal Lecter star Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, and the late Sir John Gielgud are amongst the famous alumni. The 33 year old says that the buzz of landing a place at the prestigious school never wore off, telling us “I’d walk down the corridor and go ‘Oh, wow!”’

Coronation Street star Julia Goulding on the red carpet

Julia in the red carpet at last year’s NHS Heroes Awards

 2. She was a very sporty kid

Julia has scooped several awards for her portrayal of Shona – including the TVTimes trophy for favourite newcomer in 2017. But when she was a kid, it was her sporting prowess that won her prizes. “I was into all sports,” she tells us. “I won rosettes for horse riding, and I played football in the Manchester Youth Games.”

3. She’s mates with a Peaky Blinders star

Gentleman Jack

Julia is mates with Sophie, who’s currently starring with ex-Coronation Street star Suranne Jones in BBC1’s Gentleman Jack

Many of Julia’s pals from RADA have gone on to land major roles on the big and small screen – including Taron Egerton, who is currently playing Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. “He was in the year below me,” says Julia. She adds: “My friend, Sophie Rundle, played Ada in Peaky Blinders, and I used to live with Alexander Cobb, who was in Indian Summers.”

4. She’s just got married!

On screen, Shona is engaged to crimper David Platt – though given his blossoming friendship with barbershop assistant Natalie, we’re hedging our bets as to whether they’ll ever make it up the aisle. Fortunately, her love life off-screen is much more settled. In February, she tied the knot with long-term partner, teacher Ben Silver. As is fitting for an actress, she said her nuptials on a stage – in Manchester’s Albert Hall to be precise. Says Julia: “I love being on stage and I always wanted to get married on one!”

Congrats, guys!

5. Julia Goulding hates cooking

Plenty of soap actors have made their way into the Celebrity Masterchef kitchen over the years, but don’t expect Julia to ever appear on the show. Sticking on a pinny and rustling up posh nosh isn’t her thing – she leaves that to her teacher husband, Ben. “I can’t cook,” she confesses, “and I have no interest.”

6. Her favourite Corrie character is Liz McDonald

Corrie has produced some classic characters over the years, but top of the pile for Julia is Liz McDonald, played by Beverley Callard. “I remember the McDonalds joining the street when I was tiny, so I feel like I’ve grown up with Liz all the way through,” says Julia. “She’s an incredibly feisty matriarch; I think she’s fantastic.”

7. She is a classical soprano

Which basically means she can hit some very high notes. That should make things very interesting if Shona ever does karaoke in The Rover’s…

8. Corrie is her dream job

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Julia Goulding has played Corrie’s Shona Ramsey since 2016

Julia is a lifelong fan of Coronation Street – she even had her fifth birthday party at the Granada Studios Tour in Manchester, where the show was then filmed. “I was fuming, because I couldn’t go in the Rover’s!” she recalls.

The actress admits that she still has to pinch herself that she’s in the soap. “Every now and again, you’re walking around and it’ll hit you – ‘Oh my God, I’m on Coronation Street!’” she says. “It can be something as simple as standing in the queue at the canteen. Even if I’m there in 60 years’ time, I think I’ll still get that buzz.”

9. She’s a chocaholic

“I absolutely love it!” she says. ‘You can’t beat a nice bar of Galaxy, can you? It’s so creamy.”

10. She loves walking

Julia enjoys keeping in shape, but you’ll struggle to find her in a gym – she’d much rather put on a comfy pair of shoes and go for a walk. “It’s the kind of exercise that’s not too strenuous, so when you’re doing it, you don’t realise that you’re working out,” she says. “I love going to the Lake District or just for a nice walk on a Sunday.”

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