Sue Cleaver as Eileen in Coronation Street

Coronation Street: Sue Cleaver admits she’s training for new role away from ITV soap

The actress has a secret second career

Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver is training for a very different kind of career.

The Eileen Grimshaw actress has been a mainstay on the cobbles for 22 years since arriving in 2000.

Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver has a secret second career (Credit: ITV)
Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver has a secret second career (Credit: ITV)

She has featured in some of the biggest storylines in the last few decades.

Her son Todd was the soap’s first ever gay character and his doomed relationship with Sarah Platt sparked a feud between their mothers that has lasted until this day.

Eileen also married notorious serial killer Pat Phelan – and thought she had killed him in self-defence.

And now she is involved with funeral director George Shuttleworth. Although fans fear George is connected to Phelan over his dark secret.

But off-screen actress Sue’s life is a world away from the cobbles drama.

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Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver has a secret second career

The star has opened up about training as a psychotherapist in her spare time.

It’s hard work fitting it in with Coronation Street, but I love it.

Her studies were interrupted by filming commitments – but she’s gone full-steam ahead to finish her four-year course.

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Sue told Soaplife: “I am qualified to take clients and have another 18 months to go before I can finish my four-year course in Analysis Psychotherapy at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.

“It’s hard work fitting it in with Corrie, but I love it.”

Coronation Street Eileen sitting in the Rovers looking perplexed
Sue plays Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street (Credit: ITV)

The star also revealed it can be strange for her clients when they recognise her from Corrie.

She added: “It is maybe a bit weird for them at first, but once we start talking, they forget all about it. The novelty wears off.

“The people come to see me when they have something they want to talk about and when they have a problem. That is what they are concerned about, not who I am.”

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Meanwhile, Sue was married to actor James Quinn between 1993 and 2003. The former couple share a son named Elliott.

The soap star is now in a long-term relationship with Brian Owen, who works backstage on Coronation Street.

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