Vicky Entwistle plays Janice Battersby
Vicky Entwistle (born 15 September 1968 in Accrington, Lancashire, England) plays Janice Battersby on Coronation Street.
Growing up, Vicky attended the Rhyddings Business and Enterprise
School in Oswaldtwistle, and at the age of 16 she commuted to
Blackpool to study drama, while working nights at a local
She later gained a scholarship to attend Drama Centre London, from which she graduated in 1992.
Vicky joined Coronation Street in early 1997. In early 2005, it was announced that her character was to be dropped from the show at the end of the year. However, following the appointment of a new producer at the end of 2005, it was revealed that the character of Janice would remain on the show for the foreseeable future.
Vicky once described herself as "the fat ugly one from
Corrie", and made it her mission to lose weight. She lost over
three stone (19kg) and managed to keep two and a half stone off
(15.8kg), transforming from a size 16 to a 6.
Subsequently, she released an exercise self-help DVD, Vicky's WOW! Weight Off Workout, in 2006.
First appearance on Coronation Street in the UK:
6 January 1997: Janice was first seen working alongside Sally Webster at Baldwin's sportswear factory.