Corrie Beth star’s life – health battle, charging fans for videos and rival role

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    Lisa George has been a famous face in Soapland for years, but her real life has involved some soap-worthy dramas that you might not know about.

    The bubbly actress, 52, has played Beth Sutherland in Coronation Street for over a decade, but fans would be forgiven for not knowing that she's appeared on the ITV Cobbles before.

    Corrie's not the only show she's starred in, either, because she's worked on rival soaps like Emmerdale and Holby City.

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    From reality TV stints, to dramatic health battles, Lisa has plenty of telly-worthy tales, so Daily Star have taken a look at her life.

    Surprising soap stints

    Although Corrie fans will know Lisa best as Underworld machinist Beth Sutherland, it turns out Lisa has already appeared in the soap before.

    She's played Beth Tinker since 2011, but she played two other roles on Corrie before becoming a permanent fixture in Weatherfield.

    Her first time on Corrie came back in 1997, when she appeared as a young nurse working alongside Martin Platt.

    She later appeared as a Family Liason Officer working on the investigation into Tommy Harris's murder – appearing for five episodes between March and April 2005.

    Before any of that, though, she appeared in The Bill as Melissa Wilson – for one episode in 1994.

    She's also worked on medial drama Holby City (2004), and even Corrie's rival ITV soap Emmerdale when she played a guest role as Pauline Arkwright.

    Health battles

    Sadly, the talented star was left half-blind in her right eye after suffering a mini-stroke.

    Lisa, who has also been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, haemorrhaged behind her optic nerve over five years ago, and says it left lasting damage to her sight.

    She also revealed that she got hit in the eye with some rope.

    Lisa said: "I haemorrhaged behind my optic nerve four years ago and I’m half-blind in my right eye, they said it was like a stroke but also I got hit in the eye with a bit of rope."

    She told The Sun: "They think I’d had some mini-stroke but a specialist said it has to be the rope, I still don’t know."

    Reality TV star

    Lisa took to the ice rink when she competed on the 2020 series of Dancing on Ice.

    She was partnered up with professional skater Tom Naylor, and they ended up finishing in fifth place – behind I'm A Celebrity legend Joe Swash.

    However, it's a dangerous show, so Lisa's skating stint didn't come without its blunders.

    The poor star was left in tears after she fell over on the ice during Fairytale Week – during her Goldilocks dance.

    The actress admitted she wanted to appear on the show to help her stay active.

    She said: "Everyone is saying it will be nice for people to see the real me. But actually, I agreed to do it because I am turning 50 in October this year, which is a huge deal, and I am determined to get fit. Instead of fat and diabetic, which I currently am."

    Personalised videos

    Lisa became one of the latest stars to cash in on her fame by selling personalised clips to fans.

    It came during the lockdown back in 2020, and she joined the likes of I'm A Celeb star Simon Gregson – who was banned from mentioning the soap in his videos.

    The Corrie star has charged £30 for a sweet video message, such as a 'happy birthday' wish, through CelebVM.

    Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV

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