7 things you didn’t know about actress Alexandra Mardell – AKA Coronation Street’s Emma Brooker

She plays unlucky-in-love hairdresser Emma Brooker in Coronation Street, but what do we know about actress Alexandra Mardell?

Actress Alexandra Mardell might have only joined the cast of Coronation Street as hairdresser Emma Brooker last April, but she has certainly made a huge impression on viewers since then.

Soap fans have fallen in love with her big heart and witty comments, and now Emma is at the centre of a big new storyline as the man who raised her confessed on his deathbed that he isn’t her biological father.

Since then Emma has discovered that Steve McDonald is actually her biological dad, and something tells us she has got an emotional few months ahead… so what better time to find out more about the actress behind the bubbly hairdresser?

Here are 7 things you might not know about Coronation Street actress Alexandra Mardell, aka Emma Brooker…

1. She has got some VERY famous family friends

Alexandra might be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous now she is in Coronation Street, but the actress is no stranger to socialising with celebrities. It turns out she has got a family connection to the Spice Girls after growing up alongside Melanie Brown!

Alexandra’s mum is good friend’s with Mel B’s mother, Andrea, and spent a lot of time with Scary Spice and her bandmates during her childhood. Most recently, Alexandra shared pictures of her enjoying the latest Spice Girls tour, where she spent time with her family friends.

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2. She loves experimenting with different looks

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10k recovery: good friends, Domino’s, wig. Sorted

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Just a quick glance at Alexandra’s Instagram page will tell you that she loves nothing more than experimenting with different looks, and is a bit of a fan of a wig!

She often shares pictures on social media of her at different parties with various new hair dos… and while we love her gorgeous blonde curls, she also looks fabulous with her long, straight wig, and even the amazing rainbow wig she wore for Pride recently.

3. Her mum was worried she would ruin Coronation Street!

Alexandra recently revealed on ITV’s Lorraine that her mum is such a huge Coronation Street fan that she was worried her daughter would ruin her viewing by joining the cast.

The actress admitted: “She was worried I was going to ruin her favourite show for her, but after the first episode she watched it and was like, ‘Oh, actually no, you haven’t ruined it, you’re good!'”

4. Alexandra Mardell is loved up with boyfriend, Joe

Alexandra has been making memories with her boyfriend Joe Parker, who is also an actor, for over a year now. Joe is probably best known for his latest role in BBC1 drama Doctors, where he plays Archie Campbell. Alexandra is often delighting fans by sharing pictures of them together on romantic breaks on social media.

5. She has a heartbreaking connection to her current storyline

Her Coronation Street character Emma was left devastated when her father passed away following a battle with stomach cancer recently, and it is sadly a storyline that is close to home for actress Alexandra after losing her own dad in 2016.

Alexandra’s dad, Michael, lost his battle with heart disease cardiomyopathy three years ago, and she ran Manchester’s Great Run this summer in a bid to raise funds and awareness for such an important cause, Cardiomyopathy UK.

6. Coronation Street isn’t her first acting role

Emma might be fairly new to the world of acting, but before Coronation Street she starred in ITV drama series Vera as character Kelly Horton in 2017, and she has also appeared in the short film Chocolate Pieces.

7. She is best friends with her co-stars

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Alexandra, or Ali to her friends, has formed some close friendships since joining the friendly cast of Coronation Street.

She can often be seen on night’s out with Katie McGlynn, who plays Sinead Tinker, and Dolly-Rose Campbell, who is better known as Weatherfield’s mouthy-but-loveable Gemma Winter.

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