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Coronation Street's Kimberly Hart-Simspon's rise from teen McDonald's boss to soap star

Kimberly Hart-Simpson has opened up about her personal journey which has taken her from flipping burgers to a coveted role on Coronation Street . The 33-year-old actress is a newcomer to Weatherfield but is hoping to make a big enough impression to give her an extended stay on the cobbles.

She has joined the ITV soap to play Nicky Wheatley, who is a £150-an-hour escort who will become Daniel Osbourne's new love interest.

There was a time when being part of the nation's longest running soap was just a pipe dream.

Kimberly hit the top at an early age as she became the boss at a McDonald's in Oldham at the tender age of 16.

Speaking to The Sun , she said: “I was one of the youngest-ever managers of McDonald's at a branch in Oldham. I was just 16.

“I find myself in higher positions for jobs and I’m never too sure how I’ve got there."

Kimberly claimed that the "gift of the gab" has helped her in life but she soon realised that McDonald's was not "a long-term plan - it was just for the money."

It has been a lifelong ambition to appear in Coronation Street and the actress, who has starred in Hollyoaks previously, said it was her father's dying wish for her to make it to Corrie.

Showbiz editor's picks Now her decade long journey has reached its final destination after she appeared in a few scenes in a recent episode.

Viewers will see her romance with Daniel spice up over the coming weeks as more of her character is revealed.

Kimberly said: "My dad was a massive Corrie fan... I think it might have mattered more to him than I did.

“Unfortunately, I lost my dad in 2007. One of the last things he said to me was, ‘Just do me a favour and get on Corrie, love.’ We had that shared ­connection with it.”

There was a time when she thought it just wouldn't happen and so she turned her back on acting to pursue her other passion, fashion.

After buying a sewing machine from Argos, so that she could make pencil cases, Kimberly ended up designing a LGBTQ flag for Jessica Ellis, so that the Hollyoaks star could taken it to the 2018 Soap Awards.

This led her to set up her own fashion label called Hart-Work and Kimberly set about breathing new life into garments that were "destined for landfill."

This led to her being hired to create the decor for bars and festivals in Ibiza and Dubai.

It was as she was growing her reputation in this field that she had a call that would bring her back into acting.

After trying out for a few roles, Kimberly landed the part of Beverley, a landlord in Hollyoaks. From there, Coronation Street beckoned.

Her character is set to bring some happiness to Daniel, who lost wife Sinead to cervical cancer in tragic scenes last October.

Kimberly is predicting that she will be pitched against Tracy Barlow, who is thought to have a few words to say about her characters profession.

Speaking about her character, Kimberly said: “Daniel deserves a happy storyline and to find ­himself again and have a laugh. I don’t believe he is rushing in too quickly. You can’t time love.

“They could be best friends, sort each other out and offer solidarity. I think Tracy would have something to say about Nicky’s job, wouldn’t she?

“But Nicky is a good person. You have to be a strong person to do what she does so she won’t take any prisoners. That will get right on Tracy’s nerves.”

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