78 Year-old, Former Soap Star, Amanda Barrie to Marry Female Partner

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Former Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie has announced her engagement to her female partner – 66-year-old crime novelist Hilary Bonner, with whom she lives in Somerset.

“As our combined ages will be 144 at the time of this cosmic event, we felt we might be cutting it a bit fine if we left it much longer… In any case, our dog was feeling insecure.”

Amanda Barrie

The retired actress, is best known for her role as Alma Halliwell on the soap, with her appearances spanning two decades.

Barrie, who came out as bisexual in 2002, was previously married to theatre director Robin Hunter until his death in 2004.

Gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou is also due to depart the soap later this month, previously teasing that his impending exit “will certainly be explosive”.

Coronation Street’s first transgender character, Hayley Cropper, was written out of the show earlier this year, after 16 years.

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