Denise Welch was born in Whitley Bay in 1958. She is an award-winning actress and TV presenter. Her many credits include Coronation Street, Soldier Soldier, Waterloo Road and Boy Meets Girl, to name a few. She is also an accomplished theatre actress and was a panellist on popular daytime show Loose Women for several years. The author of two Sunday Times bestselling autobiographies, her debut novel If You Could See Me Now was published in 2016. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband, the artist Lincoln Townley, and has two sons, Matthew and Louis, and stepson Lewis.