|Height:||163 cm (5' 5'')|
|Birth Day:||May 22, 1958|
|#2||David Easter||Former spouse||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||61||Actor|
|#3||Tim Healy||Former spouse||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||68||Actor|
|#6||Louis Healy||Son||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||19||Celebrity Family Member|
|#7||Matthew Healy||Son||$15 Million||N/A||31||Rock Singer|
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|163 cm (5' 5'')||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Early in her career, she joined the Live Theater Company.
Her first TV appearance was in the Tyne Tees Television production Barriers in 1981. A few years later she appeared in ITV's hit drama, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986), and she followed this with roles in the children's television show Byker Grove (1990–1991); A Kind of Living (1988); the Catherine Cookson adaptation The Glass Virgin (1995); and she appeared opposite Jimmy Nail in BBC's Spender (1991–1993).
Welch became an actress straight after leaving school. She performed on stage in London in Yakkety-Yak with the McGann brothers at the Astoria Theatre in 1983, and later joined the Live Theatre Company, Newcastle, where she featured in many productions, including There's a Girl in My Soup, and an Alan Ayckbourn quartet of plays including Bedroom Farce. She also played the role of Sandy in the popular musical Grease at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, in 1984.
Welch lives in Cheshire. Her first marriage was to actor David Easter, from 1983 until their divorce in 1988; Welch has since gone public with her belief that he committed adultery. Welch met Tim Healy while they were working together for Newcastle's Live Theatre Company. They married in Haringey, London, in 1988 and have two children: Matthew Timothy (born 8 April 1989, Hendon, London), who is a member of the alternative rock band the 1975, and Louis Vincent (born 2 March 2001, Salford). Welch announced, live on Loose Women on 6 February 2012, that she and Healy were separated and that they had been for a long time. Shortly after that, Welch announced that she was dating her PR manager, Lincoln Townley. In August 2012, it was revealed that she and Townley were engaged. On 13 July 2013, they married in Portugal.
In 1993, Welch became a household name when she was cast as Marsha Stubbs in ITV's drama series Soldier Soldier. Owing to her success in the series, she released a single in 1995, a double-A side "You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me/Cry Me a River" which reached #23 and spent three weeks in the UK singles chart.
Welch gained even wider notability in 1997, when she was cast as Natalie Horrocks in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street. Natalie was introduced as a divorcee, who soon became the mistress of Kevin Webster, played by Michael Le Vell. Originally portrayed as a femme fatale, Natalie rose to respectability by becoming landlady of the soap's public house The Rovers Return. In 2000, the Coronation Street producers wanted her to perform a storyline involving Natalie having a miscarriage, but she refused, saying the character had already lost her husband and son. However, Welch, who was expecting a baby the same year, decided to leave the serial. At the time, Welch commented, "I am looking forward to being a mum again and spending some time with my baby and am relishing the prospect of new challenges in my career." A spokesperson for Granada TV commented "The character [Natalie] will be gone as she moves to somewhere new, we wish Denise well both for the birth of her baby and for her future career."
Welch has presented numerous television shows and also appeared in a series of SCS adverts promoting soft furnishings. She hosted her own DIY series The Real DIY Show in 2000 and Soap Fever for ITV2. In 2001, she appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. Since 2005, she has been a regular panellist on ITV's topical lunchtime chat show Loose Women. In 1999 she appeared as Petula Clark in ITV's celebrity singing contest Stars in Their Eyes.
In 2002, Welch guest-starred in ITV's Where the Heart Is, and BBC's hospital drama Holby City, playing risk manager Pam McGrath, who conducted an on-screen relationship with the character Mubbs Hussein (played by Ian Aspinall). She has guest-starred twice in ITV's long-running police drama The Bill (in 1997 and 2006), and has also appeared in the BBC's Doctors (2004), Down to Earth (2004–2005), Born and Bred (2002–2003). Welch starred (with second billing) in the British feature film The Jealous God (2005) and Hollyoaks: In the City (2006), amongst other appearances. From 2006 to 2010, she appeared as French teacher Steph Haydock in the successful BBC One school-based drama series Waterloo Road, and played Janet "Goldie" Gold in an episode called "Rogue" of the long-running medical drama series, Casualty, which aired on 2 July 2011.
In 2008, Welch appeared on a celebrity version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire along with Falklands War hero Simon Weston. In 2009, Welch took over as narrator of the revamped series of 10 Years Younger, for Channel 4. She also participated in Playing the Part, a documentary on BBC One on 21 May 2009, in which she went back to her old secondary school, Consett Community Sports College, and taught there for a week.
Welch shows her support for the children's charity, Children North East which is based in Newcastle, by making appearances at events and supporting community-based projects. In April 2010, Welch appeared with her husband Tim on ITV's All Star Mr & Mrs and donated their runner-up prize of £5,000 to Children North East. She also appears in the biannual benefit concert Sunday for Sammy, recently parodying the show Loose Women as "Slack Lasses".
Welch guest presented ITV Breakfast programme, Lorraine, in November 2010.
Welch confessed that her marriage was nearly ruined because of her mental illness, as well as an affair she had during her depression. With the help of her former Coronation Street co-star Kevin Kennedy, she attended Alcoholics Anonymous and suggests this helped her end her dependency on alcohol. In April 2010, her 320-page autobiography Pulling Myself Together was published, in which she describes how she overcame her problems with alcohol, drugs and depression. It became a best-seller in the UK.
Beginning on 9 January 2011, Welch participated in the sixth series of Dancing on Ice on ITV with her skating partner, American professional ice skater Matt Evers, who partnered Zöe Salmon and Heather Mills in previous series. On the eighth week of the show, which was broadcast on 6 March 2011, she and Evers were the seventh couple to be voted out of the competition after losing the skate-off to army soldier, Johnson Beharry.
In 2012, Welch played Truvy in the touring production of Steel Magnolias.
In January 2012, Welch was a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 in the UK. She went on to win the series, beating Frankie Cocozza in the final.
In 2013, Welch played the part of Catherine Robinson in Richard Bean's Smack Family Robinson at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
In 2013, she participated in the ITV dancing show Stepping Out with husband Lincoln Townley.
It is believed Welch "walked out" of Loose Women in October 2013 due to differences with the new director of ITV, Helen Warner. She returned to the show in June 2018.
She appeared on the 2014 Christmas special of Through the Keyhole, hosted by Keith Lemon.
On 25 March 2016, it was announced that Welch would guest star in EastEnders as Alison Slater, the estranged mother of Kyle Slater (Riley Carter Millington) and secret stepmother of Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner). Of her casting, Welch stated: “I’m so thrilled to be part of such an iconic show; it’s so exciting! I have several friends on the show and it’s a great crowd so I can’t wait to get started. It’s a short stint but such a powerful role and I’m thrilled to be taking this on.” Welch made her initial appearance as Alison on 3 May 2016, with fans praising her performance and insisting she was given a permanent role in the soap.
In 2017, Welch appeared as Valerie in the romantic comedy film Finding Fatimah. In January 2018, it was announced that Welch would play Celia in the UK touring production of Calendar Girls: The Musical.
In April 2017, Welch announced her backing of Women's Equality Party candidate Tabitha Morton in the Liverpool City Region mayoral election.
In May 2020, Welch appeared as Doll Belvedere in the online series Dun Breedin, written by and starring Julie Graham alongside Angela Griffin, Alison Newman, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tamzin Outhwaite in leading roles. Due to the lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Welch's scenes were filmed in her own home, and the series also stars her husband, Lincoln Townley, as Doll's husband Zoot.
In early September 2020, Welch appeared on This Morning claiming in her interview with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that the media and the authorities are "fear-mongering" over the COVID-19 pandemic. She had a disagreement on Twitter with Piers Morgan over COVID-19 infection rates. Morgan called her "deluded" and "dangerous" after her appearance on This Morning. On 20 September 2020, Welch announced that she would be taking a break from Twitter.
Currently, Denise Welch is 63 years, 2 months and 7 days old. Denise Welch will celebrate 64th birthday on a Sunday 22nd of May 2022.
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