Patti Clare is currently to be seen as the hilarious Mary Taylor in “Coronation Street”.
Clare was born in the city of Manchester. Her stage acting credits include playing Edith in a production of Noël Coward‘s Blithe Spirit at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow in 2000 and the role of Mrs. Micawber in a 2005 production of the stage play David Copperfield at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Having built up extensive experience in theatre, Clare subsequently expressed interest in transitioning to television.
“I was told I had to take a gamble for a year and turn theatre work down and sit it out. It was terrible. I didn’t do any acting for nine months so I worked in an office and the job [on Coronation Street] came in the September.”
Clare was told that to achieve her goal in working in television it would be in her short-term interest to turn down theatre work. In September 2008, whilst working as an office receptionist, she was offered the part of Mary Taylor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She made her first appearance on 26 November 2008. The character was initially only meant to appear in five episodes. After an initial stint which ended in 2009 Clare was offered a new contract and returned to the serial in January 2010. Television roles prior to and between her appearances as Mary included small roles in the children’s fantasy seriesYoung Dracula, a 2008 episode of the science-fiction series Torchwood, an episode of the historical medical drama Casualty 1909 and an episode of the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.
Clare has been recognised for her comic scenes on Coronation Street. She was nominated for ‘Funniest Performance’ at the 2011 Inside Soap Awards and won ‘Best Comedy Performance’ at the 2013 British Soap Awards.