Jill Halfpenny was born 15th July, 1975 in Newcastle. She is an English actress who played nurse Rebecca Hopkins in Coronation Street. Prior to Coronation Street she played Nicola in Byker Grove as a teenager and Kelly in Peak Practice. Subsequent to her stint on the Street she appeared as Kate in EastEnders, Izzie Redpath in Waterloo Road but achieved most publicity as the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004.

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