During her time in Weatherfield, Sally Webster has endured a string of broken relationships, including two failed marriages to Kevin Webster plus a whole host of dud boyfriends such as Greg Kelly and Frank Foster. So why does she always get it so wrong?
“She’s got terrible taste in men,” agrees Dynevor. “To be fair to Sally, they are all good looking but they’re not settling down material. She’s nearly 50 but she’s still going for the wrong men. I’d eventually like to see her settle down, but with someone completely inappropriate. Maybe someone like Roy Cropper, who she can be horrible to.”
And do viewers have plenty to say to her about the state of Sally’s love life? “To be honest, the cancer story is the one that a lot of people want to talk about [in 2011, the actress was told she had breast cancer at the same time as her character was diagnosed with the disease]. People could relate to the character as cancer affects everyone directly or indirectly. Obviously, for different reasons, that storyline became very memorable for me.
“I also used to have a lot of ‘don’t get back with Kevin’ and ‘please get back with Kevin’ comments. I think people quite like certain elements of Sally’s character, particularly when she inadvertently insults people and doesn’t think she’s doing so. They sometimes think she’s awful but they like that comedy.”
Sally’s judgmental nature has certainly become the stuff of legend, but would Dynevor be tempted to give her character a good talking to? “Well, she’s not nasty like Tracy Barlow, but she does sometimes say nasty things out of her own pretensions and bizarre beliefs. Not enough people pull her up on it, so she doesn’t know she’s even doing it half of the time.”