Emmerdale and Coronation Street star Gaynor Faye reveals big career change – and its worlds away from soaps


ACTRESS Gaynor Faye has revealed a major career change which is a world away from her stints on Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

Gaynor, 49, is a well known soap star, but recent reflections over lockdown has seen the mum-of-two explore her options.

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Gaynor Faye has revealed a change in her career

Recently seen playing shopkeeper Cheryl in BBC One‘s the Syndicate, Gaynor revealed she’s ‘broadening her horizons’ by taking up a starter course in counselling.

She told My Weekly magazine: “I’ve used some enforced time off in lockdown to broaden my horizons.

“I’m studying Spanish, maths and creative wellbeing, and I’m doing a starter course in counselling, as I’d love to become a counsellor one day.”

It’s change of tact for Gaynor, who has wowed fans in the role of Emmerdale‘s Megan Macey and Corrie‘s Judy Mallett.

The actress has started a counselling course

The mother-of-two played Megan Macey in Emmerdale

With her mother Kay Mellor also in the acting trade – Kay also wrote The Syndicate – Gaynor has had no luck putting off her kids from joining in.

Gaynor, who is mum to Lily, 17, and Oliver, 19, explained: “My daughter, Lily, is at drama school studying musical theatre and my son, Oliver, is a budding actor, director and writer.

“I’m very proud of them.

‘As a mum, you want security for your children, so I encouraged them to find ‘sensible’ professions.”

She’s the daughter of actress and writer Kay Mellor

Gaynor is currently starring in The Syndicate, which was written by her mum

She added: “I kept saying, ‘How about becoming a doctor? It’s very dramatic in A&E.

“Acting is such a difficult career and I wanted them to pursue something with stability and longevity.”

In a recent chat with Fabulous, Gaynor revealed an unlikely celebrity crush.

She confessed: “Merlin from First Dates.

“I recently found out that he has a bar, so I might have to go!”

On her perfect dinner guests she added: “Nelson Mandela, Tina Turner, and RuPaul.

“We’ll have a big chat about philosophy and politics and then Tina and RuPaul will get the party started.”