An East Lancashire actress, who once starred in Coronation Street, has written a book.

Accrington’s Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street for 16 years, has written ‘An Actor’s Alphabet’.

The “candid and empowering” book highlights the A to Z of being an actor and Julie draws on her decades of experience on stage and screen to lift the lid on the realities of life in today's industry, and show you how to navigate it.

Lancashire Telegraph: Julie HesmondhalghJulie Hesmondhalgh (Image: Julie Hesmondhalgh)

Julie, who also appeared in television shows Broadchurch and Happy Valley, shares practical advice on preparing for roles, managing the ups and downs of your career, dealing with failure and success, not constantly comparing yourself to others bloody hard, but try, looking after your mental health, and the power of knowing when to say 'no'.

Passionate about the arts, she makes a compelling case for their importance to society, but also calls out the industry on where it continues to fall short – including a clear-eyed assessment of what needs to change to make it safer and healthier, more accessible and inclusive.

The book is said to be written with refreshing honesty and self-deprecating humour.

It is said to be the perfect book for anyone who dreams of becoming an actor, wants to be a better one, or just wants to learn what being one is really like.

Julie will be launching the book at a public ‘In Conversation’ Q&A and book signing event at Contact in Manchester on Thursday, November 17.

Lancashire Telegraph: Julie Hesmondhalgh's new book 'An Actor’s Alphabet’Julie Hesmondhalgh's new book 'An Actor’s Alphabet’ (Image: Nick Hern Books)

Hear insights and advice from Julie on a range of topics, such as preparing for roles, managing career ups and downs, and looking after your mental health

There will also be the opportunity to ask your own questions.  

This Q&A will be followed by a book signing of Julie’s new book which will be on sale at the special discounted price of £8.

An Actor’s Alphabet retails for £9.99 and will be published on November 17.