Sally Carman brilliantly plays the troubled Abi Franklin in Coronation Street, but she nearly played a different face altogether.
The actress has revealed she spent years trying to secure a part on the hit soap and was turned down for three other roles before finally being given the part of Abi.
But the wait was worth it, as Sally was eventually was handpicked to play the troubled mum fighting for custody of her twins.
Speaking of finally bagging the role as Abi, Sally explained she didnt even have to audition.
I got a phone call offering me six episodes. I didnt have to audition and I, of course, said yes, she told Whats On TV. But there has been legwork put in before then. I had something like ten screen tests over the years for different parts.
But she revealed that before that, casting director Gennie Radcliffe had fought for years to find her a suitable role.
Shona was one of the roles I auditioned for, as was Faye Brookes character Kate Connor. And Hayley Tamaddons character [Andrea Beckett]; I was up for that as well, she said.
But Abi was worth waiting for.
She continued: Gennie Radcliffe has been my biggest supporter. Shes worked so hard to try and get me on the show over the years. She finally managed it, and this character is by far the best fit for me.
The former Shameless actress has really sunk her teeth in to Abi, who has battled addiction while fighting social services to keep her children.
There are even tougher times ahead for the former mechanic, as she relapses at the hands of Tracy and is found unconscious in the street, then decides to put her twins up for adoption after deciding shes an unfit mum.
As things spiral further, a revenge attack on Tracy for confessing she was behind the sabotage on Michelles car sees Abi arrested and carted off for prison for 16 weeks, with it looking likely shell never see the twins again.