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Noreen Kershaw

Noreen Kershaw (born 16th October 1950 in Bury) played the part of Tracey Spencer in two episodes of Coronation Street in October 1975; and from 1996 to 2001 she was behind the cameras when she directed 74 episodes of the programme, having been trained in the art of directing by legendary Coronation Street director Brian Mills, with whom she co-directed eight of her total tally. She returned to the programme from 2010 to 2013 with a further 51 episodes, making 125 in total. Until Reece Dinsdale made his directorial debut in July 2022, she was the only individual in the series' history who has both appeared in and directed it.

She trained at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and, at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre and was the first actress to play the role of Shirley Valentine. Her other directorial credits include Emmerdale, Shameless, Heartbeat and the feature film Act of Grace, while as an actress she appeared in Albion Market, Boys From the Blackstuff, Brookside, Life On Mars and the Granada comedy Watching.

A long-term close friend of Tony Warren, she was a part-beneficiary in his will after he died in March 2016.

Episodes directed by Noreen Kershaw


1996 (23 episodes)

1997 (20 episodes)

1998 (20 episodes)

1999 (4 episodes)


2000 (3 episodes)

2001 (4 episodes)


2010 (5 episodes)

2011 (21 episodes)

2012 (20 episodes)

2013 (5 episodes)