Dolly-Rose Campbell, 31, is better known to soap fans as loud-mouthed Gemma Winter, who’s become a firm Coronation Street favourite since bursting onto our screens almost four years ago. But while Gemma’s renowned for her brilliant brashness and dodgy dress-sense, Dolly-Rose is an entirely different kettle of fish…
1. Dolly-Rose Campbell was a massive Coronation Street fan before joining the show
Just days before Dolly-Rose got the call to say she’d got the part of Gemma she was actually on a public tour of the famous Corrie set! The actress told iN10: “I have always been a massive fan of Coronation Street. I’d had an audition before the tour and I wasn’t expecting anything, but then just a couple of days later I got the call saying I had got the part.”
2. She’s nothing like her on-screen alter ego
While we’ve grown to know and love Gemma Winter over the years, Dolly-Rose has admitted that she’s nothing like her character. She told The Sunday Post last year: “We have a very different dress sense and I like to spend time chilling out with my dog!”
3. She was originally only meant to be on Coronation Street for six episodes
Thankfully for Corrie fans, Dolly-Rose made such a good impression with soap bosses that she’s still on the show more than three years later. After originally arriving on the cobbles as Kylie Platt’s best friend, the actress is now enjoying her own storylines as a main cast member. Dolly-Rose’s alter ego is even set for a huge shock this Christmas with the actress revealing Gemma will get a “blast from the past” over the festive season.
4. She’s got a secret hobby that you wouldn’t expect!
While you often see Gemma propping up the bar at The Rovers nursing a vodka, Dolly-Rose has a more productive pastime – knitting! She has revealed that when she’s not filming or learning her lines for Corrie, she likes to spend her time getting crafty!