Helen Skelton breaks silence on Coronation Street role ‘Acting’s a foreign language to me’

Springtime On The Farm: Helen Skelton says she ‘nearly cried’

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This Week On The Farm presenter Helen Skelton, 37, has spoken out about her stint as an extra in ITV favourite Coronation Street and admitted that she sees acting as a “foreign language”. Speaking to Express.co.uk, the star addressed her work background as well as her involvement in Slingby’s Celebrity Golf Academy this year.

I never had any desire, talent or ability to be an actress

Helen Skelton

Helen candidly opened up about her brief acting stint, where she made a surprising claim.

She said: “I never had any desire, talent or ability to be an actress.

“I’m no actress, I mean I have so much respect [for them].

“I’m always like, I watch you at work and it’s a foreign language to me.”

Growing up, the bright lights of the production set were a far cry from the presenter’s childhood in Cumbria.

Helen says that she used the stint as a stepping stone in her TV career to gain essential small screen experience.

She revealed: “I grew up on a real farm in Cumbria and had the chance to work as an extra on Corrie and it was brilliant, because it allowed me to learn the conversation of telly.

“It gave me – when you go and be on a set like that, I just got to watch how things were done and gain absolutely vital experience.”

At the time Helen was studying at university and said that being an extra allowed her to pay for her studies.

“I was working on a radio station and doing uni and paying for it by being an extra on Corrie and Cold Feet.”

However, despite her acting roles the presenter admitted that she always planned to be on the other end of the camera.

She continued: “I wanted to be a camera person and I wanted to be a journalist, and I never had any time to see how that works.”


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Addressing the TV shows she’s done, the star revealed that she loved presenting live TV because of the “unpredictability” factor it brings.

Speaking about working throughout lockdown, Helen said that the past year gave her clarity on her job as a TV presenter.

She said: “I love live telly and I love the unpredictable. I love those moments of connecting.

“What I realised last year is why I love my job is because I like talking to people, I like connecting with people and my job gives me that.

“I probably underestimated that until this last year when everybody was locked down and everybody was locked away.”

Helen added: “But I was going into work and doing radio stuff. I just felt really great.”

Later this year Helen will be competing against Natalie Pinkham, Fleur East and Bela Shah for the opportunity to compete in the BMW PGA Championships.

Speaking about the competition, Helen said: “My dad has always tried to get me into golf but working away and with young kids, I never carved out time to do these things for myself but now is my opportunity.”

Springtime On The Farm is on Channel 5 tonight at 8pm.

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