Denise Welch is one of the UK’s most famous television personalities best-known for appearing on the likes of Loose Women, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road. Having starred on some of the UK’s biggest shows, Denise has become well-loved in living rooms across the country and her great sense of humour combined with refreshing openness has also made her a hit on the speaking circuit. Having had a well-documented battle with depression as well as alcohol and drugs addictions, Denise is able to offer her insights on a variety of issues helping audiences everywhere to overcome their demons.
In 1997 Denise was cast in Coronation Street, a role that would transform her career. Starring as Natalie Barnes for more than 400 episodes, viewers were gripped by her dramatic storylines for three years before she departed the street. This role was a springboard for her future success, and she went on to star in the likes of Waterloo Road, EastEnders, Benidorm and more. Alongside her acting career, Denise gained fame as a panellist on popular talk show Loose Women. She first appeared on the show in 2002 before becoming a permanent member of the panel between 2005–2013 where she took a five-year break before returning in 2018. On the show, Denise and her colleagues discuss a variety of issues and current affairs and she’s become one of the programme’s most popular stars.
From a young age, Denise showed her proficiency in the arts starring in many school plays as a child. After leaving school Denise spent some time working as a dance teacher before going on to star in a number of theatre productions. Her first TV appearance came in 1981 in Barriers and a few years later she featured in the popular drama Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Over the years Denise has also appeared on Dancing on Ice, The Cube and won Celebrity Big Brother in 2012. Most recently she was cast in Hollyoaks taking on the role of Trish Minniver, first appearing on-screen in 2021.
Denise knows first-hand the impact mental health can have. Having suffered from depression and had a history of alcohol and drug addiction, Denise is now an ambassador for MIND, supporting the charity throughout its work in supporting people suffering from mental illness. With her first mental health issues sparked by the birth of her son back in the 1980s, Denise has continued to speak out on the battles of mental illness she has faced and is passionate about helping others to access support and medical advice. As a mental health speaker, Denise can share her own experiences with audiences, empowering them to overcome issues in their own life.