Georgia Taylor talks about how she'll spend Christmas this year.
really like to spend Christmas this year somewhere hot with my boyfriend
Mark, but I know my Mum would kill me if I did that! So instead I'll be
with my family in Yorkshire on Christmas Day, and then on Boxing Day we
will go to see my boyfriend's family. If I'm totally honest though,
I don't think I would like to spend Christmas far away from all my family,
and opening presents when it's about 80 degrees outside would be a little
weird! Perhaps I'll just go on holiday before New Year!
About Soap Magazine December 2001
Bash Street Kids
stars went back to school at the weekend - and proved real playground
attractions. The Soap's sexiest boys and
girls went for the classy look as they donned ties and uniforms for the bash
where guests could only get in if they wore school uniforms.
at the party at the "Back to School" disco at the Bar Cuba in
Macclesfield, Cheshire included Georgia Taylor - who plays Toyah - who turned
up with boyfriend Mark Eyden.
fellow clubber said: "It was a fabulous night out. It gave the Corrie
cast the chance to let their hair down and be carefree schoolkids again. The
girls in particular looked really sexy. I'm sure quite a few guys wouldn't
have minded classmates like that back at school"
The Daily Star 26th November 2001
Third Birthday With Soap Star Trio
yesterday unveiled its autumn schedule in front of three of Britain's top TV
soap stars as the station celebrated it's third birthday. Having jetted in for
the celebrity bash at Dublin's Commons restaurant in Stephen's Green,
Coronation Street's hapless Toyah - played by Georgia Taylor - was joined by
Street bobby Emma Watts, (Angela Lonsdale) and Emmerdale's Antony Audenshaw.
Ms Taylor looked relaxed as she mingled with TV3 personalities Mark Cagney,
Grainne Seoige and Martin King. The young star revealed that Ireland is a home
away from home for her and her Manchester-based family.
"My mum's from Clontarf in Dublin and I've been to Dublin more often than
I've been to London," she laughed.
Enjoying the balmy sunshine, Angela Lonsdale was strictly off duty as she
sipped a glass of champagne. She's a celebrity contestant on ITV's Who Wants
to be a Millionaire tonight.
Also there was Weakest Link presenter Eamon Dunphy, whose Irish version will
have its first airing on Monday, September 17.
Coronation Street star Georgia
Taylor flew in for TV3's third birthday bash yesterday and was mobbed wherever
she went. The 21-year-old, who plays Toyah Battersby in the popular
British soap, joined TV3 stars including Eamon Dunphy to toast the station's
She said: "It's crazy but I get stopped more by fans in Ireland than
anywhere else - even back home. "The show is huge here. I think it's
because it is a lot like Irish soaps - homely and a good laugh. "The
Irish people are very warm and open and think nothing of coming up and
chatting to me when they spot me.
"My mum is from Clontarf in Dublin so I spent much of my childhood in
Manchester-born Georgia said her character was in for a quiet few months after
her rape drama earlier this year. She added: "Toyah has been through a
dramatic time over the last few months with the rape. After that it's time for
a lighter storyline."
The Irish Examiner and
Daily Mirror 05/09/2001
Taylor talks about Winning of Soap Award and her Future in the Street
brutal rape of Toyah Battersby was one of the hardest-hitting stories in soap
history but for Georgia Taylor it was the chance to show what she was made of,
as an actress.
didn't waste the opportunity. Her performance won Georgia the coveted Best
Dramatic Performance award at the British National Soap Awards in May.
was so unexpected because I honestly thought I had no chance of winning",
recalls Georgia. "When the announcement came I was thunderstruck - I
didn't think my legs were actually going to carry me to the stage they were
wobbling so much!"
first thing Georgia did after she received the trophy was to get on the phone
to tell her mum. "But she already knew! She'd been following it on
Teletext so was able to yell her congratulations down the phone before I had a
chance to speak. I was so disappointed because I wanted to be the first to
tell her. But she and all my family were thrilled to bits for me. They knew
how much I'd put into the rape story.
for me, I'm still as thrilled to be in Coronation Street as that very first
day I walked on the set. I'm happy to stay for as long as they want me"
Extract From What's On
TV Puzzles August 2001
barmaids give safety drive a lift
Street barmaids really put their backs into a new drive to cut deaths and
injuries in the workplace.
Georgia Taylor, Jennifer James and Sally Lindsay demonstrated the best way
to lift heavy objects - such as a crate of Newton and Ridley bitter.
than 282 people a year die and over 37,000 are injured each year at work in
the UK. In the northwest alone there were 34 deaths and 4,000 injuries.
the government is determined to slash the figures, which cost the UK economy
£18billion a year.
Health and Safety Executive has joined forces with Granada TV to make a
series of public service broadcasts, called Worksmart, which will be shown
each day after the regional news.
Manchester Evening News July 2001
Toyah Battersby in Coronation Street, you
have just won a British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance — are you
planning a holiday?
Not immediately, because I’ve had two trips to New York in the past
month. We went the first time when my boyfriend’s mother and stepdad took
us. I had to come back a day early for work and we liked it so much that as
soon as we had some free time, Mark and I went back.
York, New York, so good you had to go twice?
It was fabulous — just like it is in the movies — and everything is huge,
from the food to the buildings.
as a child?
We went to Dublin most years, because that’s where my mum comes from, but we
also went camping in France.
Walt Disney World in Florida when I was ten. It was a perfect time to go. I
met them all: Mickey, Donald Duck, the Chipmunks — nearly said the
Chippendales! — and got their autographs. I’m dying to go back with Mark
— I’m a big kid at heart.
I went to Spain with my parents when I was a few years older. We made some
very good friends, but I got sunstroke and food poisoning at the same time.
And I got an ear infection and couldn’t go swimming. The weather was so
beautiful and I’m a real water baby, so I hated that.
there anywhere you’d really like to go?
I’d love to go to the Caribbean, because I like the sea so much.
wanted to go to Cephalonia for a couple of years, but Captain Corelli’s
Mandolin has put me off a bit.
My boyfriend Mark.
there anyone you'd hate to go on holiday with?
Les Battersby. Bruce Jones, who plays him, is great, but I’d hate to go on
holiday with his character — you just know that he’d be really embarrassing.
Times 2nd June 2001
Going to Have to go Before I do a Gwynnie"
Taylor Takes the "Best Dramatic Performance Award" at the British
Soap Awards 2001
popular winner was Coronation Street actress Georgia Taylor, who won
best dramatic performance as rape victim Toyah Battersby. Both she and Vicky
Entwistle, who plays her screen mum, Janice were very emotional as she
collected her award. Looking at Vicky in the audience, Georgia said: "I
want to say a big thank you to my screen mum, Vicky - she's been
terrific." Eyes filling with tears, she added: "I'm going to have to
go before I do a Gwynnie (Gwyneth Paltrow)."
confided that she didn't think she would win because the competition was so
strong. "I think Natalie's acting has been exceptional and I'm pleased
she got best actress. I've put more into this rape story than ever before,
because I felt it was my duty to give it 100 per cent. But at the end of the
day you have to be able to switch off, because it isn't real. It's just
acting. You mustn't take it home with you. That has kept me sane."
a lighter note, she joked that her chocolate brown dress was quite posh for
her. "I'm usually a Top Shop girl!" she laughed. "I bought it
in New York while on holiday."
Magazine June 8th 2001
"Let's go get
p*ssed and have a really good night."
part of Georgia's Soap Award Speech that wasn't seen on TV!
Taylor, who won Best Dramatic Performance, brought howls of laughter from the
audience when she picked up her award.
said: "I'm going to have to go before I do a `Gwynney', referring to
Gwyneth Paltrow's infamous crying at the Oscars ceremony.
added: "It's really embarrassing. Let's go get pissed and have a really
"It Was Terrible
for my Mum to see me Like That."
storyline was the most traumatic she ever had to cope with. But it was far
tougher on Georgia Taylor's family.
She'd been attacked
in a dark alleyway. Battered, bruised and raped. And afterwards, as she sobbed
in her mother's arms, there can have been few women who didn't feel they could
weep with her.
All right, its true
this was make-believe, just something on one of the soaps. But the performance
of Georgia Taylor as Coronation Street rape victim Toyah Battersby was so
moving, so convincing, it went far beyond a good bit of telly. She touched the
We first saw Toyah
four years ago when she came bouncing into the Street, hair in bunches and
school uniform just skimming her knickers. We've watched her scrap with her
sister Leanne, scream at her mum Janice and followed how she lost her virginity
to a boy named Dobber and her bitter-sweet romance with eco-warrier Spider. In
short, we've watched her grow up, which is why viewers found the brutal attack
and its aftermath so upsetting.
'People feel they know
the characters in the soaps,' says Georgia. 'A lot of people say they shed a
tear watching Toyah's scenes and that was the best compliment because its such
an emotive storyline that if it's got people upset then its worked.'
And the fact that
everyone's talking about Toyah is perhaps even more gratifying considering the
storyline was hyped up in the papers as a cynical Coronation Street
Who-Raped-Toyah Whodunnit versus EastEnders Who-Shot-Phil Whodunnit. But
the hunt for the guilty man was never the point of the Street story, its
always been more about the effect of the crime on Toyah and her family - and the
suspects, particularly Peter Barlow.
can't compare the two storylines. To do that is almost sick,' says Georgia. 'I'm
not slagging off the who shot Phil thing. I think it worked, it got the viewers.
But it was about a character people love to hate getting his comeuppance.
Everybody wanted to know who did it so they could pat them on the back and say
well done. But if anyone feels like this about Toyah's storyline, then there's
something very wrong.'
And, unlike the hunt
for Phil Mitchell's assailant, which had the nation gripped for weeks, Toyah's
attacker was revealed quite quickly in last Monday's, nail-biting, home alone
episode when she suddenly realises it was her trusted friend Phil Simmons.
You might think that
playing such an emotionally charged role would have left Georgia, who is after
all just 21, a gibbering wreck. Not at all.
'It wasn't so much
going home and feeling emotionally distressed. It was just feeling really,
really tired. It was physically draining. I was of sane mind when I got home,'
In fact, watching the
scenes was perhaps tougher on her mum Caroline, dad Geoff and musician boyfriend
Mark. 'My mum was
quite upset. It started when she saw the photos in the paper and she rang me and
said, "I felt sick. I know it was make-up but to see your daughter when it
looks like she's been battered is awful.'"
watched the traumatic episodes sitting on the sofa with Mark's arm around her.
'I've been with him for a year and during that time I've not had any dramatic
storylines so this was the first time I could really show him what I could do. I
just so wanted to be good and for him to be proud of his girlfriend. He was so
sweet, he was knocked out by it.'
As she talks of Mark,
she smiles and her big round blue eyes light up. She has a pretty face and is a
remarkably slim size eight. It's an amazing transformation from the rounded
'Now I've got a sense
of humour about it but at the time I felt very self-conscious. I'm not naturally
tiny,' she says. 'I've had to work quite hard to do it. A year-and-a-half ago I
lost a lot of puppy fat. I did it exactly how you're supposed to. I swam a lot
of lengths every day and I just ate healthily.'
But can Toyah ever
find love and happiness again? 'The rape is always going to be there for her and
when I'm playing her I'll always have it in the back of my head, but at the same
time the human spirit is strong and you can get on with your life,' says
'I think Toyah's going
to have the courage to pick up the pieces.'
TV Times 5-11 May 2001
Questionnaire: Georgia Taylor
The actress behind the Street's bolshy barmaid Toyah Battersby loves
Johnny Depp and bacon butties, has happy memories of Crossroads and hankers
after some soap sunshine.
What is your first
memory of TV or radio?
Funnily enough my
memory was jogged by Crossroads coming back. I must have been about five
and I remember Benny walking around the swimming pool.
What are your
favourite TV programmes?
The League of
Gentlemen, Angela Lonsdale [Emma Watts in the Street] and I went to
see the stage show recently and we met them afterwards. It was great. There are
a lot of us on the Street who like it and there's occasionally the odd reference
in the League's scripts.
Whose TV job would
I quite like my own at
present. I've got great storylines and am really enjoying it.
Who do you find
sexy on TV?
Well he's not really
on TV, more film - Johnny Depp. When I was 11 I had his poster on my wall, so
I've been in love with him for ten years!
Who would you most
like to serve you breakfast in bed?
Johnny Depp comes
second to my boyfriend, Mark, so it would be Mark to serve me breakfast in bed.
Which great news
story would you most like to have broken?
Being very tongue in
cheek, I'd like to have done Davina McCall's job on Celebrity Big Brother.
I certainly wouldn't have wanted to have been in the house.
If you could live
in a soap opera, which would it be?
One of those American
or Australian ones because of the great weather.
What would be your
first act as world leader?
To give women
compassionate leave when they are on their menstrual cycle. For those odd days
when you are in a snip!
Can you remember
your worst review?
I've never read any
although I'm sure there have been some. But I'm just very protected by the
Street's press team. My grandma read something in a magazine once that described
me as being hamster-like. Even that I had to laugh at.
What would you be
doing now if you weren't in show business?
I'd still be doing
something to do with acting, so maybe teaching drama. I wanted to be an artist
when I was younger. I also did psychology A-level so maybe something to do with
Who would you play
you in a film of your life?
Samantha Morton. I've
really liked her since she was in Band of Gold.
Where do you see
yourself in ten year's time?
Maybe married but if
so, only recently. I'm in my fourth year of the Street and am loving it and I
love Toyah. But I'd like to think I could do other things, maybe theatre. Just
What would you most
like to change about yourself?
I tend to read too
much into things that people say and always with a negative slant. I am
self-critical but in a way you need to be. I'd just like to not read so much
in three words.
Girl on TV.
In a natural
disaster, which one possession would you rescue from your home?
Assuming Mark could
find a ladder, my cat. She's officially called Missy but I think she thinks her
name is "No" because we're always saying that when she climbs up the
Are you a vegetarian
No. I love bacon
butties and roast chicken. I do fantastic roast potatoes. I'm not really a cook
but roast potatoes are my forte.
Would you make a
I would now because
I've had so much practice! I'm quite reasonable at pulling pints. I don't think
I'd get on with the touch-screen tills in modern pubs. The one in the Rovers is
and old fashioned "ker-ching" one!
Radio Times 21-27 April 2001
Soap Rape Drama Rings True
Toyah Battersby is still Struggling to come to
Terms with her recent Rape on Coronation Street
The attacker so far
hasn't been caught -- yet the finger is now firmly pointing at Peter Barlow,
who is awaiting DNA test results.
But how true-to-life is the soap portrayal of a
crime which strikes fear in every woman's heart? Irma Heger reports.
WHO raped Toyah? may be an instant ratings-booster for the Weatherfield-based
soap -- but Bolton Victim Support believes the storyline rings true.
qualified counsellor, Susan (not her real name), should know. She has had
special training to deal with victims, who don't have to report the crime to
be eligible for unlimited help from Victim Support. Neither do they have to
contact the service immediately.
In fact, if Toyah's case were real, Susan
wouldn't expect her to seek their help until after the immediate shock has
"Coronation Street has handled the storyline quite well.
"People need to be aware that these things
"They also need to be aware of the
organisations that can help you through it. Some people think it's their fault
-- they think: 'Was it me, was it the clothes I was wearing, did I say the
question themselves -- 'if they hadn't gone to such a place, if they'd taken a
different route, I should have screamed...'
"That's quite a natural response. In
Coronation Street they've touched on all that."
A spokeswoman for
Coronation Street told the BEN the storyline has been researched over
"We worked closely with St Mary's assault
centre in Manchester who advised on the process following a rape," she
"Some scenes were also filmed on location at
She explained that
Georgia Taylor, who plays the terrified teenager Toyah, "carefully
researched the role she was to play".
And Georgia told the BEN: "The rape
storyline has been a challenging role to play and one that I was determined to
"I worked closely with St Mary's Assault
Centre and worked hard to get the portrayal right."
described visiting St Mary's as "an eye-opening experience". She
said: "There is this overriding feeling that the victim must be made to
feel in control, because when you are raped you have no control over what is
happening to you."
She also said: "Rape does happen and it
should never be glamorised."
according to the Corrie spokeswoman, has in fact attracted "praise and
support" from many rape counselling centres -- while Georgia's portrayal
of a rape victim has been "well-received".
Volunteer Susan has also visited the St Mary's
Centre and said "you instantly lose the 'hospital feel' when you go
like actress Georgia, doesn't find it easy to deal with the issue of rape.
The actress admitted it hasn't been easy to
"shake off" the feelings of the storyline.
Yet she explained that she just portrays being a
rape victim "as an actress", while "some people have to live it
While Georgia gets support from her boyfriend,
Susan -- as a counsellor -- has a supervisor she has to see on a regular basis
to "work through things".
"Women who have been raped will never forget and that's the difficult
"We just help them come to terms with it in
the best way they can."
And she explained that her training and work with
victims has "brought home how horrific rape would be".
She said: "A
lot of people think, it won't happen to me but it can happen to anybody. It's
quite scary, really.
"Until you are in that situation it's very
difficult to try to imagine it.
"Sometimes it can make you very angry --
that people can go out and do that."
Evening News 21/04/01
Coronation Street's Georgia Taylor Talks about her Role as a Rape Victim and
some of the Most Harrowing Scenes in the Show's History.
young girl lies semi-conscious in a filthy rubbish-strewn alleyway, her face
battered and bloodied, her body bruised after a vicious rape; it is a scene that
would shock even the hardest of hearts.
viewers of Britain’s longest running soap, Coronation Street, tune in this
week they will witness barmaid Toyah Battersby being attacked and left for dead.
Even the show 's producers admit they will screen some of the most harrowing
scenes in the soap’s 40-year history.
Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah, is looking at stills of the dramatic scenes
that have just been shot. She is silent for five minutes, only able to whisper;
"creepy; really creepy”, as they are handed around. It is the first time
there has ever been a rape in Britain's favourite and, until now, safest street.
in detail for the first time about the storyline, Georgia, 21, has taken time
out of her 12-hour filming schedule to meet me. She confides: ''There’s no
denying that rape is a sensitive and controversial storyline. But I have put my
heart and soul into trying to portray it accurately and I only hope that women
who have experienced it will think I have done the issue justice.
course, there is always the danger of an issue seeming trivialised when it is
shown on a soap, but I genuinely don't think we've done that with this.''
actual rape of the 18-year- old Rovers Return barmaid will not be shown. But
Georgia is so concerned about handling the subject sensitively, this is the only
interview she has agreed to do, She explains: ''I wouldn't like anyone to think
that we are trying to sensationalism rape; nothing could be further from the
is possible that some people may get upset by scenes because the aftermath of
any rape is chilling. But what I want to achieve is to move people. It is a
horrific crime and one which happens to women all over the world, so if it does
get people talking about it then I will have done my job.''
her cherubic eyes, vulnerability, and soft Lancashire vowels, you cannot help
but warm to her. Even talk of doing a photo makes the actress wince. She calls
it ''being posey''; she doesn't like to make a fuss.
in Levi's, a T-shirt, trainers and Afghan coat, the Corrie Street Starlet is
refreshingly honest. She has spent hours at a real rape treatment centre to give
her portrayal accuracy. Six weeks before filming began, she took herself off to
St Mary's Sexual Assault Centre in Manchester, where she talked to crisis
workers and trained counselors.
the first day at the centre, I just walked out of the doors and broke down, ''
she says, tensely lighting up the one and only cigarette of our meeting.
has been so emotional. I was really moved by it all.
The women helpers are absolute angels. Thank God people like them exist.
It makes me feel very humble.
didn’t think it would affect me, but I found it very, very sad. I hope no one
thinks me self-indulgent. I was just upset for these women because they
obviously go through so much pain.”
adds: ''There is not enough help for women in this country who are raped or
sexually assaulted. St. Mary’s was the first centre of it’s kind when it
opened in 1985 and, still, almost 20 years on, there are only 15 around the
country. That is a disgrace and a shocking situation for Britain in the 21st
is a horrific crime and I am sure that more women would report it if they
thought there was more help for them like this.”
such maturity, Georgia has come a long way since she first appeared in the soap
sporting two bunches and camouflage combats three years ago. She admits she has
“grown up a lot” and that the storyline, which has already attracted
criticism from ex-stars such as Jean Alexander, is one that will shock.
can’t deny the scenes are a bit harrowing. But rather than prejudging it, I
hope people watch them with an open mind and then form an opinion,” she says.
“The actual rape is tiny part of it; we are focusing on the repercussions on
people around her; the counselors and general aftermath.”
in her private life has helped her cope with the stresses of the current
storyline. After a 10-month romance, boyfriend Mark Eyden moved into Georgia’s
city centre flat earlier this year. She met the guitarist with rock band Marlo
at a nightclub.
just having fun being together,” she says. “But I can’t imagine being
without him now. He has made me the happiest I’ve ever been.
we started filming the scenes, every day has been an emotional roller-coaster
for me. I’m not suggesting for one second that I have been through even a
fraction of what many of these women have, but some nights I have collapsed on
to the sofa a drained wreck.
is gigging in Jersey at the moment so he has probably had a lucky escape,
He’d have had to put up with me working through these emotions otherwise.
often have to pinch myself. I feel very lucky to do the job I do, and to be able
to come home at the end of a hard day to my
boyfriend, who’ll be waiting with a pot of tea and a cuddle and my little
Claire Jackson, Georgia and her younger brother were brought up in Wigan by
their mum Caroline and accountant dad Geoff. Young soap stars can come under
pressure growing up in the full glare of the public spotlight, but Georgia
believes she has coped with it all pretty well.
surprises me how I have remained normal. I look back on the shows and see that I
have changed a lot. I am much more confident about myself now.”
of the hour special on Easter Sunday, when she is found semi-conscious behind
the Rover’s Return, has had its difficulties. Unwilling to take any credit,
Georgia instead reels off a “praise list” of people, the length of which
would rival an Oscar speech.
describes actress Vicky Entwhistle, who plays her screen mum Janice, as a rock:
I could not have done it without her. She was just brilliant, we love each other
to bits off screen anyway, but she instinctively knew when I needed a hug and
when I needed to be left alone for a minute.”
filming, directors also asked for a few minutes’ silence from the crew in
order to help her prepare mentally for the more traumatic scenes.
the inevitable question of whether the rape storyline is just a ploy to compete
with the Who-shot-Phil-Mitchell? plot in Eastenders, she sighs. For her, there
is no comparison.
at all”, she gasps, “they are totally different subjects. I hope the scenes
will be powerful enough for people to forget about any supposed soap rivalry. We
are very different shows with our own audience. The storyline has been in the
pipeline since November. People are aware rape goes on, but it is such a
horrible crime, we tend to shut our eyes and cover our ears to it. Sometimes,
you need to be controversial to change that kind of attitude, don’t you?
Street is not a miracle worker but, if this helps to bring just one victim
forward to report what has happened to them, then that is worth any amount of
debate about the plot’s suitability for a pre-watershed programme is set to
rage. Viewers – who see Toyah grabbed and dragged off before the titles roll
on Good Friday – will have to wait up to a month before finding out who the
Street rapist is.
long career in The Street is evidently high on Georgia’s wish list, but so is
charity. She describes how a local cancer charity, Candlelighters, recently gave
her cousin “tremendous support” before he died of cancer at the age of 14.
she flinches at the word “crusading”, it is clear the experience has shaped
her: “It’s not a big deal, I just think cancer charities do a fantastic job
and, also, in the past few weeks, I have been helped immeasurably by St.
Mary’s, so I’d like to give something back.”
Georgia prepares to head back to film some of the most difficult scenes of her
life, she takes me by surprise by giving me a sincere, parting hug. An hour ago,
we had never even met. It is a sweet, spontaneous gesture.
Taylor may be the girl living on Britain’s most famous Street, but you can’t
help feeling she is really just the girl next door.
Daily Express 10th April 2001
Toyah Raped In Shock Street Episode.
Scenes As 'Too Soft' Soap Struggles To Catch Up With Rivals.
viewers are set to witness the most harrowing scenes in the show's 40 year
history with a hard-hitting storyline about rape.
promised to pull no punches in dealing with the vicious attack on barmaid Toyah
Battersby after recent criticism that the soap has become too soft.
But to ensure their
depiction of the ordeal is sensitively handled they spend four months
researching victims' experiences at a real-life rape treatment centre where some
of the most disturbing scenes were filmed.
Georgia Taylor, 21, who plays Toyah, spent days speaking to counselors in an
effort not to sensationalise her portrayal. She said: "It's obviously
a very sensitive subject, and as an actress I can only hope that I have done the
"For all the
women who have gone through this experience I can only pray that I portrayed it
accurately." Georgia told a friend: "I found it the most
demanding work I've ever done for the show. There's always the danger of
trivialising these things but I really don't think we've done that."
Both EastEnders and
Brookside have already featured rapes.
Teenager Toyah is
attacked late at night in the alley at the back of the Rovers Return, but the
rapist's identity will remain a mystery.
Some of the Street's
most popular characters will be suspects, including Duggie Ferguson, Jason
Grimshaw and Steve McDonald.
Daily Express 16th March 2001
Pulled My Hunky New Toyah Boy in a Club
SOAP BEAUTY'S ROMANCE HAS BROUGHT HER TRUE LOVE AND HAPPINESS: CORRIE GEORGIA
REVEALS HER LOVE FOR MUSICIAN MARK
BESOTTED Coronation Street star Georgia Taylor told last night how she has
fallen head over heels in love - with a man she chatted up in a nightclub.
Georgia - who plays
Rovers barmaid Toyah Battersby - was so smitten with hunky musician Mark Eyden
that she broke all her normal rules and made the first move. And 10 months on, she
is absolutely delighted that she did. For after a wonderful whirlwind romance
she and Mark are living together and Georgia says she has never been so happy in
As she gazes adoringly
at Mark - who is a few months younger than her and so technically her toy boy -
Georgia, 21, says: "He is the most gorgeous, fantastic man I have ever met.
From the moment we first spoke I hoped it would be serious. "We got along so
well that we thought of ourselves as a couple almost from the word go. It was as
if we were meant to be."
When she met Mark,
Georgia had been single for about nine months and wasn't particularly looking
for her Mr Right. She says her fame had
tended to attract men who were only interested in her because she was a star -
so she was a little wary of getting involved with anyone and certainly never
normally considered chatting a bloke up. But as soon as she saw
Mark in a club in Stoke-on-Trent, all her normal doubts and reservations flew
out the window.
Georgia says: "I
was on a girlie night out with my best friend Nicole. I definitely wasn't
looking to meet anyone. I was single and perfectly happy with it. "But I think it's
absolutely true what people say - as soon as you stop looking the right person
"I fancied Mark
straight away. I remember saying to Nicole: 'He's the most beautiful man I've
ever seen. See if you can find out if he's got a girlfriend.' "I've never been
like that with anyone before. But to be honest, because I thought he was so
gorgeous I assumed he was either going to be an idiot or arrogant. But he
wasn't. He was great."
Mark, 20, who sings
and plays guitar for a band called Marlo, also fancied Georgia, but because she
was famous he didn't want to go up to her. He says: "I didn't want to say
anything until I thought she was interested." Luckily, best friend
Nicole was prepared to play the go-between and soon Mark and Georgia were
chatting away like they had known each other for years. And when they got out
on to the dance floor it was bold Georgia who made the first move.
She says: "The
first time we kissed was wonderful. The DJ was playing The Time Is Now by Moloko.
I loved that song and I remember thinking: 'Perfect timing.' "Now I always ask
Mark if I hadn't been the one to kiss him, would he have done it - and he
doesn't think he would. "Because of
Coronation Street, Mark was worried that I'd think he was talking to me for the
wrong reasons. So I'm glad I decided to take the initiative."
The couple arranged to
meet up the next night in Manchester - and it was obvious right from the start
that they had something special. Georgia says:
"From our first meeting I hoped it would be serious. I hoped Mark would
turn out to be as lovely as he seemed. And he didn't let me down. "The more time we
spent together, the more I liked him. "And when he told
me he was a musician, I thought it was fantastic. I love the fact he's talented
But while it was
Georgia who made the first move, Mark was the first to admit he was in love -
just THREE WEEKS after they met. He says: "It was
a bit premature, I do admit. But I was so convinced. It's been said before, but
when it feels so right, you can't help but say it."
Georgia was shocked
but overjoyed by his declaration of love. She says: "We
were in a bar when he took me into a corner and said: 'Don't get freaked out,
but I've just got to tell you that I love you.' "I was totally
taken aback. I really felt the same, but I was frightened by just how quickly
things were happening. But things have just got better and better."
Mark soon got the seal
of approval from Georgia's Corrie friends - including Vicky Entwhistle who plays
her screen mum Janice. "Vicky thinks
he's great and that means a lot because she's always been honest and quite
protective of me. If she thinks a man's taking the Mickey she'll be very
The couple have become
very close in a very short space of time, but Georgia says their relationship
has never felt rushed. Things have moved along with a natural momentum all of
its own. Just a few weeks ago
she asked Mark to move into her flat in Manchester. She says: "It's
been a really gradual thing. It just feels like our home now. "Although we joke
about being old and married, we've no plans to get engaged just at the moment.
having fun being together. I can't imagine being without Mark. He has made me
the happiest I've ever been."
Sunday People 4th March 2001
growing pains for Georgia
Coronation Street’s Toyah Battersby may have
recently become something of a moral crusader but actress Georgia Taylor
confesses she would prefer to see her become a man-eater.
“I don't want her to be seen as a tart, but just to have a few flings because
when you are 18 that's what you do,” says the 20-year-old actress. “It’s almost as if she is a woman now. Even though she used to live with
Spider she was always seen as a child. I feel like she wants to be worldly wise
and meet some different people and travel,” she adds.
It is just over three years ago since the Battersbys first appeared in
Weatherfield. The rough and ready family were brought in by producer Brian Park
to boost the show’s ratings. The family – dad Les, mum Janice and sisters Leanne and Toyah – were dubbed
“the nightmare neighbours” when they moved into Don Brennan’s old home at
number five, Coronation Street. They certainly ruffled a few feathers when they
arrived on Britain’s most famous street.
Taylor, from Wigan, says it has not always been easy playing a Battersby brat. “It was sometimes a bit difficult playing someone who was younger than me,”
she says. “When I first started, three years ago, Toyah was still at school so when I
celebrated my 18th birthday and started going to nightclubs people would come up
to me and say I was too young.
“I wasn’t like Toyah when I was growing up but I can remember the teenage
angst,” adds Taylor. Although she admits there was one point in her life when
she turned into a bit of a rebel. “I did go to a very strict school and I did well, getting all my
GCSEs. But I
was constantly getting into trouble with teachers, mainly for talking in class.
Once I left, I dyed my fringe bright red and wore tatty, second-hand clothes. “I’d got over all that by the time I auditioned for the Street, or they
might have thought they had a real life Toyah on their hands,” she laughs.
She still cringes about the way Toyah looked when she first walked into
Coronation Street. “I was so excited being in the show as it was my first acting role. But I
remember being given the outfit I had to wear as Toyah. I had these hot pants
which looked like huge camouflage granny knickers. “I had these pale pasty legs at the time and had to wear these mini skirts and
have my hair in pigtails. My make-up was hysterical. I wore bright pink
lipstick, no foundation and had this black eye liner scrawled all over my eyes.
I looked absolutely dreadful.”
Young stars of soap operas come under pressure growing up in the full glare of
the public spotlight, but Taylor believes she has coped with it all pretty well.
“It surprises me how I have got through it and remained normal. I look back on
the shows and see that I have changed a lot. I am much more confident about
“When I started it felt like I was the most grown up person in the world, but
I soon realised I wasn’t. I just got swept along with it all. “But I went on a crash diet and lost loads of weight then put it straight back
on. I’m better now but I still don’t like doing photo shoots.”
She admits there are some similarities between her character and herself. “I
can be similar to Toyah,” she says. “She will work hard for what she wants
and that's what I admire in her. She is incredibly loyal and if anything would happen to her mum, if
Les hurts her, she'll give it her all. I am like that in the fact that I am
loyal to my family. She is also cocky but does it to get her point across and I
empathise with that. She is a bit of a rough diamond in times of crisis. Her
roots are with her family and it's really apparent that she will always be a
Taylor admits that her favourite storyline from the last three years is one of
Toyah's most traumatic moments. "The kidnap story was the best for me," she says. "It was really
gritty and I am proud of it. I still look back on it. I am really self-critical
but I worked very hard on it. It was great, all emotion. It's really sweet as
people still come up to me and comment on the story."
From the Irish News 04/12/2000. Written By
Phil Gould and Harriet Tolputt
Street's wild girls are doing a lot of growing up;
40 YEARS OF WEATHERFIELD: THE FEMALES WHO FOLLOW
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ENA, ELSIE, HILDA, BET, AND RITA...
Street's Toyah Battersby may have recently become a bit of a moral crusader, but
actress Georgia Taylor would prefer her to become a man-eater.
"I don't want her to be seen as a tart, but
just to have a few flings because when you are 18 that's what you do,"
says the 20- year-old actress.
think it would be nice to see her as more of a sexual being. It's almost as if
she is a woman now. Even though she used to live with Spider she was always seen
as a child.
"I feel like she wants to be worldly wise and
meet some different people and travel," she adds.
is just over three years ago since the Battersbys first appeared in Weatherfield.
The rough and ready family were brought in by producer Brian Park to boost the
The family - dad Les, mum Janice and sisters
Leanne and Toyah - were dubbed "the nightmare neighbours" when they
moved into Don Bren- nan's old home at Number 5, Coronation Street.
And they certainly ruffled a few feathers when
they arrived on Britain's most famous cobbled street.
from Wigan, says it has not always been easy playing a Battersby brat. "It
was sometimes a bit difficult playing someone who was younger than me," she
"When I first started, three years ago, Toyah
was still at school so when I celebrated my 18th birthday and started going to
nightclubs people would come up to me and say I was too young.
I'm 20, playing an 18-year-old, it's not too bad, as I can remember what it was
like being a teenager.
"I wasn't like Toyah when I was growing up
but I can remember the teenage angst," adds Georgia.
admits there was one point in her life when she turned into a bit of a rebel.
"I did go to a very strict school and I did well, getting all my GCSEs.
"But I was constantly getting into trouble
with teachers, mainly for talking in class. Once I left, I dyed my fringe
bright red and wore tatty, second-hand clothes.
"I'd got over all that by the time I
auditioned for the Street, or they might have thought they had a real-life
Toyah on their hands," she laughs.
still cringes about the way her character looked when she first walked into
"I was so excited being in the show as it was
my first acting role. But I remember being given the outfit I had to wear as
Toyah. I had these hot pants which looked like huge camouflage granny knickers.
They were awful!
had these pale pasty legs at the time and had to wear these mini skirts and have
my hair in pigtails. My make-up was hysterical. I wore bright pink lipstick, no
foundation and had this black eye liner scrawled all over my eyes. I looked
stars of soap operas come under pressure growing up in the full glare of the
public spotlight, but Georgia believes she has coped with it all pretty well.
"Growing up with the Street has really been
quite a smooth transition," she admits.
"I look back on the shows and see that I have
changed a lot. I am much more confident about myself now.
I started it felt like I was the most grown-up person in the world, but I soon
realised I wasn't.
"I just got swept along with it all.
"But I went on a crash diet and lost loads of
weight then put it straight back on. I'm better now but I still don't like
doing photo shoots."
admits there are similarities between her character and herself.
"She will work hard for what she wants and
that's what I admire in her.
"She is incredibly loyal and if anything
would happen to her mum, if Les hurts her, she'll give it her all. I am like
that in the fact that I am loyal to my family.
is also cocky but does it to get her point across and I empathise with that. She
is a bit of a rough diamond in times of crisis.
"Her roots are with her family and it's
really apparent that she will always be a Battersby."
says her favourite story line so far is one of Toyah's most traumatic moments.
"The kidnap story was the best for me,"
she says. "It was really gritty and I am proud of it. I am really
self-critical but I worked very hard on it. It was great, all emotion.
"It's really sweet, as people still come up to me
and comment on it."
Post 29 Nov 2000 (Phil Gould)
actress wants a better sex life for Toyah
Georgia Taylor says she'd love to see her Coronation Street character Toyah
Battersby become more of a man-eater.
The 20-year-old actress said she doesn't want her to be seen as a tart, but to
have a few flings because that's what 18-year-olds do. And Georgia cringes at how her character first looked three years ago.
"I remember being given the outfit I had to wear as Toyah. I had
these hot pants which looked like huge camouflage granny knickers - they were
awful," she said.
From Ananova 29 Nov 2000
and A&E Cast Join With NHS to Launch Exciting
New Organ Donation Scheme
Top stars from Granada TV's Coronation Street join with Martin Shaw from
hospital drama, 'Always and Everyone' (A&E) to launch the NHS Organ Donor
The website is being launched to raise awareness of the growing need for organ
donors. It also provides a simple and easy way for people to find out more
information about this very important and sensitive issue.
Coronation Street's Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby, said, "I
carry a donor card but it's not enough just to carry one - you have to make sure
those closest to you are aware of your wishes. This web site is a great way of
ensuring that happens."
Wednesday 18th October 2000
star dumps boyfriend
Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby in the soap, has dumped her boyfriend
of 18 months, computer studies student Phil Collinson. The 20-year-old star is
now said to be seeing wannabe pop star Mark Eyden, who plays guitar for unknown
band Marlo. Mark said: 'We've going out together for a few weeks now and we're
having a really good time.'
Daily Star July 2000
and Their People: Toyah Fights To Free Corky
Star Joins Campaign
Coronation Street eco-warrior Toyah Battersby is
joining the Sunday People's crusade to free Corky
Actress Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah in the top TV soap, was horrified when
she read how Corky - a top attraction at SeaWorld in California - has been in
captivity for 30 years.
Now she's agreed to fly out to the San Diego centre to spearhead our campaign.
She said: "It's such a tragic story - it could be right out of a movie or
novel. It's outrageous. She's lucky to be alive." And she thought our Free
Corky T-shirts were brilliant!
Corky lives in a concrete tank where there are no sounds of the sea, no place to
explore and little room to swim. Georgia, who has been mad on whales and
dolphins since her schooldays, added: "An animal is protected in captivity.
But the way they do things like carry people on their nose or jump through a
hoop is unnatural. "And their enclosed environment doesn't give them the
freedom to develop as they would do in the wild."
Georgia said: "An awful lot of whales in captivity seem to lose their
babies when they become pregnant." Corky, who is sometimes allowed to play
with a male friend, has lost seven young.
Georgia added: "We are a nation of animal lovers, so I would encourage
people to find out as much as they can about this very important issue. If you
have any love for animals, then you should get right behind this campaign."
We want to reunite Corky with her 13 brothers and sisters and her mother, who is
still alive, off the coast of Canada. And Georgia's going out there this summer
to carry out that fight in person. She said: "It would be fantastic if
Corky could spend the last few years of her life in the wild with her family.
Your campaign is brilliant."
The People - 23rd April 2000
Farewell Tribute To Caring Co-star
Spider was saved from a nervous breakdown by the love of his co-star Toyah, the
Sunday People can reveal.
Martin Hancock - who is quitting his role as scruffy eco-warrior Spider Nugent
to become a movie star - was devastated by the premature death of his mum Vi a
year ago. The wafer-thin actor stopped eating and lost even more weight. But Georgia
Taylor, 19, who plays Spider's screen lover Toyah Battersby, pulled him out of
Martin, 27, told the Sunday People: "If it hadn't been for Georgia's love
and friendship I don't know how I'd have got through the last year. She's been
my guardian angel. "I love her to death. Working with Georgia has made me realise just how
lucky I am."
Vi died earlier this year after a series of strokes. Martin said: "I don't
really want to talk about the weight thing, but after she died I did lose a bit.
"Mum and me were really close and losing her really hit me. If there's one
person in this world I know I can turn to it's Georgia. I look at her and think
`What a bonus' when we are at work.
"When I was at my lowest point she cared for me. She is simply the best. "She had this incredible knack of knowing how to get me through the day
when I was struggling with things. "At one of my lowest points we were talking and I was really down. She
walked away and a few minutes later came back with a hot cup of tea. "That was just the best thing she could have done."
Spider told of his abiding love for co-star Toyah as he spoke for the first time
about his shock decision to walk out of The Street. Spider will be seen leaving
Weatherfield in August after an emotion-charged break-up with Toyah. But despite the recent split with his real-life girlfriend, 24-year-old
lapdancer Gaynor Britt Royle, Martin insists his relationship with Georgia is platonic.
He said: "She probably thinks of me like some big brother type of character
and I look at her like a big sister. "But it was strange having to kiss someone you regard as your sister in a
romantic way for the TV cameras."
The People - 9th April 2000
Gets Personal With Corrie's Georgia Taylor
you come from a large family?
Yes. I've only got one brother, but I've got loads of cousins, aunts and
uncles. I've got a lot of relatives in Dublin and some in Germany, too.
do you turn to in times of trouble?
best friends, Nicole and Caroline, and my mum and dad. I've got a lot closer
to my dad as I've got older. When you're going through puberty, your dad isn't
always the person you want to speak to.
well-known person do you most admire?
Mandela. He's an unbelievably strong person and it's hard to grasp what he's
would you be doing if you weren't an actress?
used to want to be a solicitor or a barrister. When I was younger I just
wanted to make lots of money, and I knew most barristers were loaded.
would you most like to change about yourself?
would like to be more rational, because I have moments when I'm the most
neurotic person. Sometimes I'm really down to earth and calm, but other times
I'm totally over the top.
was your first ever job?
There were loads of kids in our Street, so I'd do the rounds and get something
ridiculous like £2 for five hours' hard work.
quality do you most admire in yourself?
suppose I'm quite generous. Everyone likes giving because it's just as much a
buzz as receiving.
quality do you most admire in others?
We all tell little white lies, but when it comes to the big things in an
intimate relationship or a friendship then it's important to know the truth.
did your school reports say?
were quite good actually. The only thing I was told off for was being chatty
in class and not concentrating enough. I always got reasonable grades, so my
reports were quite boring.
you remember your first kiss?
I was seven I got married to a boy called Craig Jones in the school
playground. We had plastic rings for each other and someone even brought in a
little camera. I'm sure we must have kissed at some point.
would your ultimate date be?
spontaneous, I like men to be decisive. I hate people who just sit there and
say, "What do you want to do?"
would you save if your house was on fire?
save a locket that I was given by my grandma. My granddad bought it for her
and when he died she passed it on to me. Oh, and my Wallace and Gromit
other soap character would you like to play?
Cotton is fantastic, and I'd love to play a rich bitch like Kim Tate.
Inside Soap article
Martin Hancock and Georgia Taylor look forward to
the festive season - and beyond...
Toyah Battersby finally got together with Spider Nugent this August, Corrie
fans the length and breath of the country rejoiced. Nobody more so, though, than
actors Georgia Taylor and Martin Hancock.
"We both wanted
it to happen for ages," says Georgia. "But we didn't realise how
encouraging the public response would be. It was really flattering to have so
many people rooting for us."
"They make a very
good combination," adds Martin. "She's young and worldly, while he's
older but a bit immature, so their personalities balance each other out."
The success of Georgia
and Martin's on-screen partnership lies not only in their likeable characters,
but also in the mutual respect and admiration they have for one another.
"On a personal
level, Toyah and Spider's relationship is brilliant because it guarantees that I
get to work with Georgia a lot, which I couldn't be happier about," says
Martin. "she's a brilliant actress and we get on really well together on
and off screen."
Georgia is equally
complimentary. "Martin's always happy to sit down and go through a scene
with me if I'm worried about something. He's also my agony aunt uncle. If I've
got a problem, he just sits back and lets me whinge on for as long as I like.
He's a great listener and a really good friend."
While their characters
are dreading a Christmas of rows with the Battersby clan, Georgia and Martin
have far less stressful plans for the festive season.
"My family is
nothing like the Battersbys and it's wonderful to spend Christmas with my
relatives," beams Georgia. "My auntie lives in a little cottage in
Yorkshire and we spend most Christmases there. It's surrounded by hills and it's
so beautiful, and I love watching my baby cousins get excited when they open
Both actors are
looking forward to developing their characters' relationship in the new year.
"It would be interesting to see how Toyah would react to a third
party," says Georgia. "I don't want her to have an affair as such,
because that's a real soap cliché, but I'd quite like her to be tempted by
someone else. What I definitely don't want is for Toyah to have a baby. I love
kids but I wouldn't want to get stuck working with one because it's so tiring.
from Inside Soap article 24/12/1999 (Click pictures to enlarge)
There Georgia Girl
With romance blossoming both on screen and off,
life has never been better for Georgia Taylor.
Toyah Battersby has come along way since those days of puppy fat, short skirts
and sulky glares. These days she is a slim line, deliriously happy woman in
love. And there's nobody more pleased than actress Georgia Taylor, who has
played her for the last two years.
better than seeing unrequited love fulfilled," says the 19-year-old.
"People seem to be genuinely happy that Toyah and Spider have got
certainly seems to be the making of Spider. Not only has he found them a flat to
live in, but he is about to get himself a job with the DSS in order to pay the
rent. "It's a pretty grotty flat, but Toyah doesn't mind," Georgia
reveals. "At least she's independent and can be with him."
responsible for the Toyah we see today - he encouraged her to think in a
different way and go to college to complete her studies. He cares about her and
wants her to better herself. That's one of the main attractions for her; she
knows that Spider cares about her."
Away from the Street,
Georgia's madly in love too, - with Phil, her boyfriend of almost two years. She
describes him as her best mate, and one of the things she likes best about him
is that he laughs at her. "He finds me funny," she says, "and
although we have different senses of humour, we have a lot of fun
One of the finest
young actresses working in soap at the moment, Georgia can seem mature beyond
her years. Growing up in Wigan in a secure, loving, middle-class family - her
mother Caroline is a housewife and her dad Geoff is a financial advisor - she
gained 11 GCSEs and was bound for university to study drama when Coronation
Street and the role of bolshie Toyah beckoned.
Although she was only
being offered a five-month contract, Georgia decided to take the risk. "It
worried me at first," she confesses, "but now I've got too used to
working full-time to go back to education. It would take an awful lot of
She now owns her own
flat in Manchester, about 30 miles away from her home, but keeps in close
contact with her family. "I miss not seeing my mum and dad, and try to
visit them as often as I can," she says. "Even so, I like living away
from home. I had got to that age when I would have been going to university
anyway, and I wanted to be on my own and learn to cook and organise bills, and
generally grow up. "I'm far enough away to have my independence but close
enough to get there in an hour by train. I appreciate my parents' company and
they appreciate me more when I do go home. There's always loads to talk
is close friends with fellow Corrie brat-packers Jane Danson (Leanne), Tracy
Shaw (Maxine), Steven Arnold (Ashley) and Martin Hancock (Spider). "We were
all thrown together and we could have been complete mismatches and all ended up
hating each other," she says. "But we're fortunate that we all
empathise with each other. We're a big family, and genuinely are best
She says her
off-screen friendship with Martin Hancock helped her through her first love
scenes on national television. "There's a great chemistry between us. We
always have a giggle during the intimate scenes and we are very comfortable with
each other. It would have been much more difficult to act the scenes with a
About Soap Magazine November 1999 (Click pictures to enlarge)
Matin Hancock Interview.
Taylor, who plays Toyah, has blossomed into a lovely young woman. She's lost
some weight and cut her hair and looks so good now. I've noticed it, and so have
others. When I'm out and about, I have blokes in vans shouting out "That
Toyah - phwoarr!" I think Toyah and Spider are a perfect match - she may be
younger, but she's so worldly while he's such an innocent.'
Martin is currently dating a model, he and Georgia are good pals. But the
actress is less keen on Archibald, Martin's Staffordshire bull terrier, which
likes chewing her handbag and other possessions when he gets the chance.
taken a fancy to her,' laughs Martin, 'I can understand that.'
Extracted from Soap Life Magazine November 1999
at Our Best
Street has traditionally proved itself a good breeding ground for strong,
focused, aspirational women - think Bet Lynch and Vera Duckworth, dominant and
brave and guaranteed all the best one-liners - and Toyah Battersby is the
latest to prove herself a female force to be reckoned with.
introduced to the cosy ranks of the soap as an annoying, screeching,
two-dimensional teenage scrubber on the side lines, Toyah has become one of the
principle focuses for the show. Sweet and determined, kind and uncompromising,
anxious to do the right thing by her own devastatingly complete moral code,
Toyah Battersby takes no prisoners. She's also taken the unusual step of
falling for a man who, if hapless and broke and a bit old for her, has no
hidden agenda, not an ounce of cruelty, and is genuinely good.
help he-mails chat-up TV babes
STREET favourites Jane Danson and Georgia Taylor had the screen test of their
lives when they sat in front of a PC to answer e-mails from starstruck fans.
who plays barmaid Leanne Tilsley, and Georgia, who is lovestruck Toyah Battersby,
were inundated with chat-up lines.
Corrie viewer John Martin did his best. He asked:
"Did they ever catch the thief who stole
the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes?" Then
a message from fan Liam McGurk popped up: "Jane, how do you manage to
remain as cute as a button and as sexy as a
sausage?" he asked. And casanova Grant
Ogdem waded in with: "I've had two serious relationships. One was with a
girl named Jane and the other with a girl called
Leanne. We're destined for each other."
Jane, 20, chuckled: "That's not bad. I'd have to
give him 10 out of 10 for effort. Men just
think they are talking to Leanne. The worst I've had was, 'Did it
hurt when you fell out of the sky from Heaven?' That was cheesy."
Georgia, 19, was envious. "I never get anything
romantic in my chat-up lines," she moaned.
"I just get, 'Oi Toyah, give us a snog'. It happens all the time. Our
characters are quite strong and dominant and men think we're like that. I
just laugh them off."
The only problem for these lads is that Jane is dating
Emmerdale's Robert Beck, who plays romeo Gavin,
and Georgia is mad about her student boyfriend, Phil
Lisa Armes wanted to know why Leanne refused to follow
hubby Nick to Canada in the show. Jane
replied: "Basically, because I didn't want to leave the Street. The door
is still open for Nick to return but there are no
plans for him to come back at the moment."
Nine-year-old Kate Dyer, who had her mum's permission
to go on the computer, wanted to know what
Toyah saw in Spider and whether she'd ever go for Tyrone. Georgia
said: "There's something quirky about Spider. He's attractive in an
unconventional way. Anyway, Tyrone and I would have
real trouble kissing because he's quite a bit
smaller than me. When I have my platform trainers on, I
tower over him."
Michelle Spence asked what it was like being famous
and if they minded being recognised in the
street. Jane said: "I have to keep doing a
reality check to realise how lucky I am. But
the thing that really gets to me is the show's global appeal-the fact that
our faces are seen all over the world."
Georgia agreed: "Yes, that freaks me out. I try
not to think about that because it's too
intimidating." On a lighter note, she added: "We get lots of fan
mail from young people asking what shampoo we use. For all those people who
keep asking about our shiny hair-it's the bright
studio lights not the shampoo that does
John Gallagher wanted to know how they kept straight
faces during scenes with layabout screen dad
Georgia admitted: "The truth is we don't. There
must be hundreds of out-takes by now. The other
day I tripped over the mat walking out of the door and stumbled,
half hopping, down the street, then tried to carry on. Everyone was in
Jane added: "The scripts get me laughing when I
first see them, but once you've rehearsed a
scene four or five times, you focus and don't get the giggles."
admits she has become a bit of a computer whiz thanks to her boyfriend,
who is studying for a degree in software design. She
said: "He's mega into computers and games consoles, and we're linked up to
the net. He's on there so much that I had to get into
it for us to have some time together. We now
sit side by side at the computer.
"I'm quite into visiting the Coronation Street
sites." One that you all may want to try
The Sun 03/10/1999
It's Toyah Batters-babe
pictures reveal how 'dowdy' Street kid Georgia is now a beautiful woman
Street star Toyah has finally shed her dowdy image and blossomed into a
full-on Battersby babe. Millions of viewers were glued to the TV last week as the once gawky
teenager got her dream man Spider in a steamy clinch during the Eclipse.
And the hot-blooded scene revealed that, without anyone noticing, she has
blossomed into a stunning young woman.
For in real life actress Georgia Taylor, 19,
has dropped a dress size and is looking gorgeous after a three-month
health drive. And Spider is getting all the benefit of it on screen. As
she modelled these designer clothes which are streets away from her Plain
Jane soap image, she said: "I'm feeling fantastic. I am no longer a
little girl - I'm a young woman. "And I'm so glad Toyah is growing up
and having a love life at last."
The stunning young actress, who is two years older than her street
character, has undergone a total transformation from the time of her
Corrie debut. Georgia still remembers the early Toyah with a shudder. She
said: "I was so excited to be in Coronation Street which was my first
acting role. But I remember being given the outfit I had to wear as Toyah.
"I had these hot pants which looked like huge camouflage granny
knickers - they were awful. "I had these pale pasty legs at the time
and had to wear these mini skirts and have my hair in pigtails. "My
make-up was hysterical. I wore bright pink lipstick, no foundation, and
had this black eye liner scrawled all over my eyes. I looked absolutely
dreadful - I still remember those knickers."
Spider - played by actor Martin Hancock - who has become her lover in the
Street would be amazed by these
pictures of his co-star. In real life the actress has blossomed into a
beautiful leggy blonde with an amazing figure and beautiful looks.
Explaining the way she has developed, Georgia said: "People do grow
up and young women do have sex. "Coronation Street is very
responsible about story lines, but it's really good that they are making
things so realistic."When I read that Toyah and Spider were going to
have a relationship I cheered. Toyah was getting to be a young woman at
Georgia's sleek new figure is the result of her determination to get fit
and give up her favourite fatty foods. She said: "I never thought I
was fat, but I did enjoy unhealthy foods like crisps and chocolates. I
always thought I should cut down for my health. I was always a skinny
child and I remember having these little sparrow legs. "But then my body really changed during puberty and I began taking
after all the other females in my family. "They are all really voluptuous. That's a wonderful thing - but it
did make me more aware of my figure. It took a while to get used to the
"I have been on countless diets in the past but this is the first
time I've really stuck to one. Before I have lost a few pounds then gone
straight back on the chocolate. "But this time I'm doing it to get
healthy and fit. For three months now I haven't eaten chips. Instead I
have been tucking into cereals and healthy dinners like chicken and rice.
I still eat like a horse - I'm just eating the right things.
"I think the best thing I did was start swimming - I've been doing 50
lengths a time even if I work a 12-hour day. It has given me loads more
energy." Georgia first went to the baths with Street co-star Joanne
Froggatt, who played Zoe Tattersall. But she said: "We ended up
chatting the whole time, so now I go swimming on my own. Nobody recognises
me when I've got my goggles on and I'm bombing up and down the pool.
"I'm not obsessed about exercise and dieting - I just wanted to feel
fitter. I was happy with my body before, but I feel so much fitter and
Georgia has lost so much weight that her Street clothes started falling
off her. The soap's wardrobe mistress had to go out buy her some trendy
new outfits. "Toyah is not exactly into designer labels like these -
well, she is a Battersby after all!" said Georgia. "But with a
new boyfriend and a new college life, she is a bit more aware of the way
she looks. "Thank goodness her new wardrobe doesn't include any more
of those dreadful granny knickers."
Spider is not the only one besotted with Georgia's new look. Real-life
boyfriend Phil, a 19-year-old computer studies student, is also over the
moon. They have been going out together for over a year now and he is also
pretty tolerant about her increasingly sexy image in the Granada soap.
explained: "I read through my scripts with him so he knows what's
happening. But Phil is not jealous at all. In fact when I showed him a
photograph of me and Martin kissing during the Eclipse he just burst out
laughing. "He thinks it is hysterical that I should have a love affair with
The street-wild Toyah had her first sexy
scenes last October when Coronation Street bad boy Dobber took her
virginity away on the backseat of his car. But now she is having her first
real love affair with handsome eco warrior Spider - and growing up fast.
Pretty Georgia said: "I love the look here. I like getting dressed up
and wearing something sophisticated.
"I'm not sure what my screen dad Les would think, though, if I tried
going out in some of these outfits. "He'd probably take one look and shriek `Get inside and cover
yourself up girl'."