News | Tuesday, 30th October 2012
Acting graduate is cheeky Corrie newcomer
Soap role turned her life around
CORRIE newcomer Krissi Bohn is another graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University’s famed School of Theatre.
Tutors at the School were among the first to hear she’d landed the part of Jenna Kamara, Lloyd’s daughter – a break that has turned her life upside down.
“She was training for a job in the NHS when she called us to say she was coming back up North. It’s fantastic for her,” says Niamh Dowling, head of Manchester School of Theatre.
Her part on the Street is apt – a physiotherapist who nurses Sophie Webster back to health after her car accident.
Krissi is perfect as the headstrong, cheeky Jenna and the part is a fitting reward for the actor who was a “talented and energetic” member of the School’s Class of 2004, when she played roles as varied as Alithia in Wycherley’s A Country Wife, Chastity in Moll Flanders and Bertha in Wesker’s The Kitchen.
She admits it has been a long hard struggle in the industry since leaving drama school and says she had effectively put her dreams of stardom on hold to train as a healthcare worker.
Then an email from her old agent brought the news of a part on Britain’s favourite and longest-running TV drama.
Other graduates from Manchester School of Theatre who have starred in Coronation Street include Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts), Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), Graham Hawley (John Stape) and Debra Stephenson (Frankie Baldwin).
“I love being Lloyd’s daughter” tweeted Krissi!