Julie Hesmondhalgh was born 25 February, 1970 in Accrington, Cheshire. She is an English actress who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street from 1998 to 2014 and recently in 2016, she plays Amanda Wadsworth in Happy Valley. She has also appeared in The Bill, Cuccumber, Banana, The Dwelling Place, Inside No. 9, Moving On and Dalziel and Pascoe.
Between her maternity leave in 2000 and 2001 she spent some time as a panelist in Loose Women.