Corrie stars who sound different in real life – Carla Connor to Becky McDonald

Coronation Street stars don't all sound the same away from the cobbled streets of the beloved Manchester-based soap.

In fact, some of the actors and actresses sound unrecognisable away from their soap roles.

Whether they're putting on an entirely different accent, trying to sound more northern, or simply changing it up for the role, there are many ways different stars alter their voices.

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From beloved Becky McDonald to no-nonsense northern butcher Fred Elliott, we've taken a look at who has a different accent off-screen.

Alison King as Carla Connor

Alison is a huge star in Coronation Street, and her character Carla Connor is much-loved by viewers.

Her character is known for being a complete boss lady, heading up the Underworld knicker factory and delivering witty one-liners.

But away from the cobbles her voice sounds very different.

Writing on a fan-forum thread about soap stars who sound different in real life, one soap super fan wrote about how Alison "puts on a hard, nasal voice for Carla Connor", which is very apparent when you've heard her being interviewed out of character.

When being herself, Alison sounds very different – more softly spoken and a little less northern, which rings true as she's actually from the east midlands.

Michelle Collins as Stella Price

Stella Price was a character in Coronation Street who appeared from 2011 until 2014.

She was the landlady of the Rovers Return until it was claimed she was "unhappy" over the lack of screen time for her and her character – which is said to have ultimately led to her departure.

In the soap opera Michelle had to put on a northern accent, because as avid soap watchers will know, she portrayed Cindy Beale in EastEnders and was born in Hackney.

On a Digital Spy forum, one fan penned: "Michelle Collins… never quite convinced with her northern accent when playing Stella Price."

While someone on Twitter in 2013 was shocked when they heard her away from the show: "Woah! What's happened to Michelle Collins?! She sounds different to she does on Corrie!?"

John Savident as Fred Elliot

Fred Elliott is a beloved character in the ITV1 soap played by John Savident.

He made his first appearance on the cobbles in 1994, but quit the role in 2005, with his character dying on-screen in October 2006.

During his stint on the cobbles, Fred had a string of significant others including much-loved Audrey Roberts, Bev Unwin, Evelyn Elliott, Rita Sullivan, Maureen Webster and Sybil Eliot.

Born in Guernsey, in real life John sounds very different from the northern butcher he portrayed on the cobbles.

His character in cobbles was known for his deep and unique voice, but away from his role of Fred, John is very well spoken.

Katherine Kelly as Becky McDonald

In an online forum, one fan, who was discussing different soap stars who sound different in real life, penned: "Kath Kelly who played Becky, she is really quite well spoken when I've seen her in interviews."

When she starred in Cheat, one person took to Twitter and said: "I’ve only ever watched Katherine Kelly in Corrie, so hearing her with a different accent is weird."

And when she popped up in Mr Selfridge after her Corrie exit, another fan said: "Bloody hell Katherine Kelly sounds completely different in Mr Selfridge compared to Corrie!"

Tristan Gemmill as Robert Preston

When appearing on This Morning in 2017, Tristan Gemmill stunned fans when he spoke on the live show.

Sounding nothing like his character Robert Preston, soap fans were confused by the actor's accent.

Taking to Twitter at the time, one fan penned: "I can't believe how posh Tristan Gemmill is when he's not Robert."

While another said: "My god how different does Tristan sound compared to Robert!"

And a third penned: "He sounds totally different to Robert."

When in Coronation Street, Tristan portrayed Robert Preston, and the character owned the Viaduct Bistro and was the first husband of Tracy Barlow.

He and Tracy married in 1996 but separated in 2002 before rekindling his romance with Tracy in 2015.

Things went sour though when he slept with Carla Connor.

When Tracy spitefully exposed the affair at Carla's wedding to Nick Tilsley, Robert ended their relationship permanently.

During his Corrie stint, his character battled testicular cancer and became addicted to steroids.

His demise came when he was shot accidentally by Derek Milligan during an incident at the Rovers Return.


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