Amanda Barrie: I was terrified of coming out as bisexual
The former Corrie star says she kept quiet about her sexuality for years, fearful it would ruin her career.
Former Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie has opened up about her sexuality, saying she was "terrified" about coming out as bisexual as she feared it would ruined her career.
The 80-year-old actress, who married her partner, novelist Hilary Bonner, in 2014, told the Mirror that despite a hugely successful career spanning 50 years, she has always suffered "tremendous anxiety" and spent years confused about her sexuality.
"When I did my autobiography, I was being hounded by people asking about my sexuality, she said. "Which had always been a confusion to me, never mind anyone else.
"So I did the book because I thought, 'I'm bloody well putting my side of how it is.' I wanted it off my chest.
Barrie, who also starred in Bad Girls and Benidorm, added: "If you did it now nobody would notice, and it's not that long ago. Nobody at Coronation Street knew but my very close friends.
"I was terrified. There was an attitude that certain people wouldn't work with you, it was taboo."
But Barrie believes things are very different now, and says that coming out today doesn't pose the same threat as it once did.
"Everything changes so quickly - in a wonderful way," she said.
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