Coronation Street's Amanda Barrie kisses rarely-seen wife on Loose Women after claiming she couldn't come out on soap

Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie kissed her rarely-seen wife Hilary Bonner live on Loose Women on Wednesday morning.


The actress celebrated being able to speak about her marriage freely after insisting she would have been fired from the soap for coming out.

Amanda, 86, who played Alma Sedgewick in the ITV drama for 20 years, planted a loving kiss on wife Hilary, 73, on the daytime TV show.

The star leant in for a smooch, as Hilary placed a loving arm on her wife's shoulder as they discussed their fears about coming out in the 1980s.

The couple, who both had their locks styled neatly and wore a black and white colour palette, opened up to the Loose Women panel.

"There was no camp of any kind at that time," Amanda said of how she hid her sexuality in the early days of her career.

"There were various people in charge of the show so, they called the tune. Do we call it homophobic? Call it what you like…

"What people did was they sold you to the press who thought 'there's a story there'.

"The press came and the very same people who would've done that would then say, 'I'm not going to work with someone who's gay.'"

The TV star, who tied the knot with writer Hilary in 2014, confessed only a few close friends on the long-running soap knew the truth.

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Amanda explained: "Nobody at Coronation Street knew but my very close friends Helen [Worth], Sue Nicholls and Barbara Knox."

Amanda and Hilary had been together for a decade before they wed at London's Drury Lane Theatre.

"I’d been with Hilary for years and we didn’t want to get married before. I kept going, ‘Oh my God, I can’t bear one of those receptions. Ugh!’

She added: "I did panto and asked my Dandini where he got married, he said Drury Lane Theatre. I went, ‘Hilary! That’s it, we’re doing it!’

"It’s my favourite theatre – the first place I went when I arrived in London at 13. I said my prayer on Drury Lane steps, ‘Please can I be in the theatre?’

"I’ve never played there except a charity show, although that was my ambition. So we married there instead."

Before revealing her sexuality aged 67, Amanda was married to fellow actor Robin Hunter, who she separated from in the 1980s.

The star previously hit out that she felt she would have been sacked from Coronation Street had she revealed her sexuality.

Speaking on the Conversation Street podcast, she said: “Every week I would come up to the office. They’d go, ‘You’re coming out.’ ‘Am I?’

“I spent a fortune on solicitors because believe me if that had happened to me at that time they would not have kept me in Coronation Street and I will stand by that.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.500.0_en.html#goog_2108814675

“Not because of them [the producers] but because of people, who shall be nameless, who would’ve said, ‘I’m not working with her'."

In 2016, Amanda opened up on her concerns about her sexuality in a brutally honest Loose Women interview.

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