Louise Yates appeared on Coronation Street as Samantha Exton, an officer based at Redford Prison were Deirdre Rachid was incarcerated after being found guilty in her fraud trial at Weatherfield County Court in March 1998.

Also a Garden Designer, she completed studies in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield and was discovered by Anthony Clark at Manchester's Contact Theatre in a production of Bartholomew Fair. She was then cast as Pascal in his musical adaptation of The Red Balloon.

Her other credits include roles in Children's Ward, A Touch of Frost, Wing and a Prayer, Wire in the Blood, Doctors, The Bill, Jonathan Creek and Call the Midwife. Other stage productions include An Experiment with an Air Pump, Oliver Twist, Playing for Time, Peter Pan, A Kind of Alaska, Grimm Tales and Mansfield Park.

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