Kimberly Hart-Simpson, who starred on Coronation Street, confirmed her departure from the ITV serial opera and then revealed a new career outside of the cobbles.
The Coronation Street character Nicky Wheatley was played by the Celebs Go Dating actress, who recently confirmed in an Instagram Q&A that her storyline had “finally been completed.”
Later this year, the star will play the title role as Cinderella in the St Helens Theatre Royal Christmas Pantomime, assuming a new, magical role.
She issued the following comment regarding the part: “I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Cinderella at St Helens Theatre Royal this Christmas.
“It will seem like a homecoming since I have such wonderful memories working in wardrobe for Regal Entertainments on costumes and sets.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again because Chantelle, Jane, and the crew are like family.”
The actress added that performing in the pantomime will be “the best of both worlds.” She had previously worked as a seamstress in the costume departments of Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre and the Theatre Royal.
The best of both worlds, as Kimberly put it: “It will seem a bit strange being up there on the stage and seeing the crowd instead of looking after all those fantastic magnificent costumes – but now I’m going to be wearing them.”
“My passion is for performing, but I also adore fashion. I’m a major supporter of antique clothing and clothing upcycling. I’m eagerly looking forward to my upcoming experience as Cinderella.”
Along with Kimberly, the Cinderella pantomime will feature well-known figures from the comedy and reality TV industries.
These include Jon Courtenay, a comedian, and the contestants from Britain’s Got Talent Jamie Leahey and Chuck the puppet.
Kimberley is a very welcome addition to the Cinderella cast, according to theater manager Chantelle Nolan. She continued, “We’re looking forward to becoming a part of Kimberly’s next adventure; she is going to make a riveting Cinderella.”