The trouble with being in a soap is that millions of people across the country recognise your face, but only know you for one character. So it’s only natural that once you’ve bid farewell to Soapland, you want to try something else.
Some actors, for example, try acting in completely different roles. Suranne Jones and Sarah Lancashire - to name two of many - have both won critical acclaim for their dramatic roles, while Kara Tointon recently won us all over for her portrayal of Maria von Trapp in ‘The Sound Of Music Live’.
Others, meanwhile, prefer to show off just how multi-talented they are, by reinventing themselves as pop stars. Among them are some great success, with some of the biggest hits of the 1990s and 2000s coming from singers who got their big breaks in soaps.
But, let’s be honest, for an unlucky few, the pop bubble bursts before they’ve even released a second single.