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Entwistle: 'People think I am Janice'

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Janice Battersby from Coronation Street

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Vicky Entwistle has revealed that one of the reasons she is leaving Coronation Street is because fans often think that she really is Janice Battersby.

The soap star, who announced earlier this month that she will be leaving the show after its 50th anniversary, admitted that it will be a relief to get away from her character for a while.

Speaking to the News of the World, she said: "I'm looking forward to getting away from her and not having fans shouting Janice at me all the time. I'm proud my character is so believable - it proves I've done my job - but people think we really are one and the same.

"They see me as a gobby argumentative woman, a full-on loudmouth who doesn't take any crap. I'm not like her at all - some viewers think she is a scally. We both have northern accents and I once worked in a factory to pay off a student loan but that is it.

"I get builders shouting, 'Show us your t*ts Janice'. They'd get the shock of their lives if I did! And fans send over pints of beer for 'Janice' when I'm out. It's kind - but I drink white wine!"

The actress revealed that it was her husband, Corrie props man Andy Chapman, who encouraged her to leave the show to explore other acting opportunities.

She says: "He was right but it's a great job and a nice wage. Up until very recently I wasn't ready to say goodbye to that. I've known the day was coming for a couple of years so I've been saving up so we don't need to worry about money. Phil [Collinson] was lovely and said he'd like me to return one day. But I still don't know if Janice will die in the tram.

Entwistle claimed that she would love to get the Battersbys back together one last time. She said: "Whatever happens I don't have one single regret. Janice has been wonderful - being part of Coronation Street has been fantastic and I have memories that will last me a lifetime. I will miss Janice every single day but a little part of her will stay with me forever." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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