There’s a fairly well-known list of former-tradespeople-turned-famous-actors – from Arnold Schwarzeneger, a bricklayer in a former life, to Harrison Ford, who used to be a carpenter.
But it’s less common to hear stories of that happening in reverse.
However, one Coronation Street actor has revealed she dreams of doing just that, according to The Sun.
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Corrie’s Liz turns her hand to a trade
Beverley Callard may be better known as Liz MacDonald in the popular British soap, Coronation Street.
With Liz very much part of the furniture on the Street, some viewers may be disappointed to hear that she’s talking about swapping the bumpy cobbles for perfectly smooth surfaces in a dramatic career change.
She’d leave her job to become a plasterer
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Beverley said: “I’m doing a course in polished plaster. Jon [her real-life husband] and I have just done a worktop at home that is polished concrete.
“But now I’m doing polished plaster on walls and I want to do a proper course on it.
“I love painting and decorating. If I could afford it, I’d leave my job. I’d never wear a Wonderbra or false eyelashes ever again. I’d have a tracksuit on and I’d paint and decorate.”
Unfinished onscreen business
But if she followed her dream, there’d be no chance of a Liz and Jim reunion, if her onscreen ex were to make a shock return to the cobbles. Speaking to Sun Online Showbiz in 2018, Beverley hinted that this could be on the cards.
How would viewers feel about missing out on a potentially explosive revenge plot by Liz against Jim if Beverley did decide to leave the soap?
Women growing successful trades businesses
On a more serious note, our article about the highest earning female-run businesses revealed that trades are among the professions where women have the highest turnover.
Builders feature in the trades where women are turning over more than £750,000 and take the number 2 spot in the top 10, while plumbers come in at number 7 and electricians just make it in at number 10.
In the article we reported that the highest earning professions for women in 2014 were things like hairdressing and domestic cleaning, so we’re seeing progress in the variety of businesses women are choosing to start up.
Fiona McSwein, Chief Customer Officer at Simply Business, said: “Our data shows the fantastic variety of career paths female entrepreneurs have chosen. At Simply Business we are so proud to insure the success of female-run businesses up and down the country.”