Hearing-impaired actress Ali Briggs first appeared as Freda Burgess, the deaf niece of Emily Bishop in Coronation Street in August 2005, March 2006 and from July 2009 until January 2010. The character was the brainchild of writer Debbie Oates and the positive impression gained by the scripts and Ali’s confident performance (coupled with great comic scenes involving Norris Cole) won Ali and the programme a Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) People Of The Year award for the "best portrayal of the lives and viewpoints of disabled people on television".

She has also appeared in The Alphabet Soup Show.