the pilot light

excellence in tv award 2018:

julie hesmondhalgh

Photo credit: Kyte Photography

Sat 5 May, 20:00 - Cinema 1, HOME.

90 mins - £9/£7 conc

We are honoured to present the inaugural Excellence in Television Award at Pilot Light TV Festival to a truly iconic, eclectic and inspiration figure in British Television; the much-loved and BAFTA  nominated Julie Hesmondhalgh.


Julie first appeared on our screens in a variety of shows including The Bill, Daziel & Pascoe and Victoria Wood’s Television movie Pat and Margaret. It was in 1998 that she donned her iconic anorak and walked the cobbles of Coronation Street for the first time, making her debut as the first Transgender character in the history of soap operas: Hayley Cropper.  Over the course of her legendary 15 year tenure in Weatherfield, Hayley brought Transgender issues into the limelight and to this day is regarded as one of the most important Trans characters in British Television history. For this epochal role, Julie won Best Actress at both the National Television Awards and the British Soap awards.


Since leaving Coronation Street, Julie has appeared in several critically acclaimed pieces of Television, working with fellow British greats such as Russell T. Davies on Cucumber, Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith on Inside No.9 and with Sally Wainwright & Chris Chibnall respectively on worldwide phenomenons Happy Valley & Broadchurch.


Throughout all of her outstanding work, Julie Hesmondhalgh is a beacon of Northern excellence in the medium of Television, representing the pinnacle of talent and relevance in her field. Join Pilot Light and Julie in this session as we talk through her performances and explore the stories behind her incredible career.


Tickets: £9.00 via HOME (Concessions Available) 

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