Helen Worth is an English actress who has been playing the role of Gail Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 1974. She received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards in 2014.
Mother Died in a Hit-And-Run Road Accident
Helen Worth was born as Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth on January 7, 1951, in Ossett, United Kingdom, under the birth sign Capricorn.
She is the daughter of Gladys Wigglesworth and Alfred Wigglesworth. She was raised along with his brother Neville Wigglesworth in Morecambe, Lancashire.
She was first enrolled in a middle-class family and later joined a private school. At the age of 8, her parents fostered a boy named Wilson Kpikpitse.
At the age of 11, Kpikpitse was sent to England as an overseas student. He remained with the family for eight years. He later moved on after Helen's mother died in a hit-and-run road accident while visiting Brighton.
Started Taking Dance Classes At Age Three
Helen Worth started taking dancing lessons at the age of three and then participated in many school theatrical productions.
When she turned 10, she appeared in an episode of BBC's Z-Cars. At the age of twelve, she played the role of a von Trapp children in The Sound of Music's stage production at the Palace Theatre in London.
She then returned to Morecambe where she finished her education. She later attended the Corona Theatre School in London.
Playing Gail Platt in Coronation Street Since 1974
Following her graduation from drama school, Helen Worth worked in repertory theatre including the BBC Radio repertory company for a year.
She then appeared in numerous films such as Oliver! and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and television series like Doctor Who story Colony in Space, The Doctors, Helen: A Woman of Today, Within These Walls and The Carnforth Practice.
In 1974, Wigglesworth was cast as Gail Platt in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, and ever since has been appearing on the show. Other cast members of the show are Kym Marsh, Samia Ghadie, Helen Flanagan and William Roache.
A one-off special about the actress, Gail & Me, aired on ITV on 9 June 2014, celebrating her 40 years as Gail. She has received two Outstanding Achievement Award for her role in the series.
Whopping Net Worth of $8 Million
Helen Worth is one of the highest-paid television actresses who has been appearing on ITV soap opera Coronation Street for more than 40 years. There is no doubt that the show pays her a huge salary for her performance in the series.
The exact salary of the 69-year-old actress has not been disclosed yet. However, multiple sources have speculated that the Ossett-born actress makes more than $200 thousand per episode of Coronation Street.
As for her net worth, the total fortune of the talented actress is estimated to $8 million. She owns a house in London.
Patron of the Born Free Foundation
Helen Worth is a patron of the international wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation. The organization works to stop individual wild animal suffering. She is a supporter of the charity ActionAid and has visited Sierra Leone in support of its work there.
Married Trevor Dawson After Michael Angelis Divorce
Helen Worth is a married woman. She has been married to a London-based music teacher, Trevor Dawson. The couple tied the knot on April 6, 2013, in a lavish ceremony at St. James' Church, in Piccadilly, London.
Prior to marrying Dawson, Worth was married to an English actor, Michael Angelis. The former couple exchanged wedding vows in 1991 but after a decade-long marriage, they got a divorce in 2001.