'I'd jump at the chance to do a cameo': Jessica Ennis reveals her acting ambitions as she visits Coronation Street
15:58 GMT, 27 April 2012
British Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis swapped the track for the cobbles when she visited the set of Coronation Street today.
The champion heptathlete was given a special behind-the-scenes tour of the hit soap on a day off from her training for this summer's London Olympics.
Ennis, one of Team GB’s brightest hopes for a medal at the 2012 games, revealed she is an avid Coronation Street fan and so relished the chance to explore the set and meet the cast.
What can I get you Jessica Ennis behind the bar in the famous Rovers Return Inn during her tour of the Coronation Street set
'I'm a huge Coronation Street fan and it is wonderful to set
foot on the world famous cobbles. If I’m out training, or away
competing, I always record Corrie and watch back-to-back episodes when I
get the chance,' she said.
'I'm currently two episodes behind but plan to catch-up soon. It is a
brilliant show and if I was ever asked to pay a cameo role I would jump
at the chance. I’d love it, even though I can’t act.'
Acting ambitions: The heptathlete said she'd love a cameo on the show as she met Corrie stars Antony Cotton and Samia Ghadie
During her time in Weatherfield, the 26-year-old athlete from Sheffield took the opportunity to pull a pint in the soap's famous pub The Rovers Return.
She then tweeted a picture of herself behind the bar with the comment, 'fun day off can u guess where I am…'
Outside the Rovers, Ennis met Corrie stars Antony Cotton (who plays Sean Tully)
and Samia Ghadie (Maria Connor), who wished her luck in her bid to win gold this summer.
Grand tour: Cotton showed Ennis the houses on the cobbled street…
… before she had a look in The Kabin and took a seat the the Weatherfield bus stop
Ghadie said: 'We were star struck to meet Jessica, she is a true
sporting hero and we are all backing her bid for Olympic gold. We wish
her – and all the other members of Team GB – the very best for the
The pair were also keen to get some sporting tips from Ennis as they will be competing in the Bupa Great Manchester 10k, part of the Great CityGames, on May 20 to raise money for The Christie Hospital and East Cheshire Hospice.
Backing from a champion: Ennis gave Cotton and Ghadie some sporting tips as they prepare to run in the 10th Great Manchester 10k race in May
They will be joining a field of 40,000 participants, including elite athletes, club runners, novices and other celebs in the 6.2 mile race.
As well as the 10k race, the GreatCity Games will involve a unique street competition where a purpose-built athletics track will be set up in the heart of the city centre.
This is where Ennis will formally kick-off her Olympic season by competing in the sprint hurdle event.
Going for gold: Ennis will return to Manchester to compete in the sprint hurdles at the Great CityGames to kick start her bid to become Olympic champion this summer
Ennis said she is looking forward to returning to the city for the race after she enjoyed taking part last year.
'The street athletics is a fantastic
event, it's so different from stadium meetings, which is so refreshing
for me. The crowd and atmosphere have always been so welcoming and
supportive in Manchester.'
The Bupa Great Manchester Run and Great CityGames will both be broadcast live on BBC2 on May 20th. For more information go to www.greatrun.org or www.greatcitygames.org