Julie is an actress best known for playing Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, which was the first trans-character in a UK soap!

She left, winning a National TV Award for her performance in her exit storyline. She has since worked extensively in theatre, radio and television, with roles in Russell T. Davies's Cucumber, Happy Valley, Doctor Who and Catastrophe to name a few! 

In this interview Julie explains the importance of theatre and drama in making meaningful change politically and in society.  She tells her story of growing up in a northern industrial town and how she got into acting due to one of her amazing teachers at school. This is such as inspiring interview, full of amazing advice to help you make it as a performer, whilst also highlighting how focusing on your own journey and taking action will get you where you want to be.