Julie Goodyear

Julie Goodyear

Mar. 29th, 1942
Born in
Heywood, Lancashire, England, UK
5' 5"

Julie Goodyear's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
A Family at War (UK) TV Show
A Family at War (UK)
You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous (UK) TV Show
You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous (UK)
Nearest and Dearest (UK) TV Show
Nearest and Dearest (UK)
The Fellows (UK) TV Show
The Fellows (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Julie's father walked out on the family soon after Julie's birth, Julie took stepfather Bill Goodyear's name. Most famous as Bet Lynch, barmaid landlady of "Coronation Street" (1960), her stepfather was a publican, and she served behind his bar, The Bay House in Haywood, to raise money for her modelling career dream. After her first failed marriage modelling career took off and led to various bit parts and six-week appearance in Coronation Street as Bet Lynch. During this time she was advised by Patricia Phoenix to get some formal acting training, and so she joined The Oldham Repertory Company. This also lead to a lifelong friendship with Phoenix, which ended only with the latter's death. Following a variety of straight and comic parts on stage and TV she rejoined Coronation Street in a regular role. In 1973 she married company secretary Tony Rudman but the marriage didn't last much longer than the wedding reception and was soon annulled. In 1979 during a routine check up Julie discovered she had cervical cancer and had two operations. In 1985 Julie married airline executive Richard Skrob but because they lived so far apart the marriage ended within two years. Julie formed a charity to finance a smear testing centre in Manchester. She was found not guilty of charge of fraud concerning the charity, and continued to raise money. The Julie Goodyear Laboratory now operates at The Christie Hospital, Manchester. In 1987, Julie left the series for a while to nurse her mother who was dying of terminal cancer. She quit Coronation Street in October 1995, returning only for a couple of guest appearances.

  • Was in consideration for the part of Jackie Simpson in _Girls' Night (1998)_ (qv), but 'Julie Walters (I)' (qv) was cast instead.
  • Married her third husband Richard Skrob in Barbados with only his children Ray and Cathy present as witnesses.
  • Lived at The Bay Horse, a pub her mother and stepfather ran, working as a barmaid (1955-1968).
  • Lives at Primrose Hill Farm and is a member of the National Farmer's Union.
  • Her stepfather Bill Goodyear died of lung cancer in October 1982 and her mother Alice Goodyear died of cancer of the oesophagus in May 1987.
  • She was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996 for her services to drama.
  • Her bridesmaids at her wedding to Tony Rudman were her cousin Irene and _"Coronation Street" (1960)_ (qv) co-star 'Jennifer Moss' (qv).
  • Was an only child.

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