Television: Kerrie looks on bright side of life; WHERE THE HEART IS ITV, Sunday, 8.00pm.
HEAVEN knows she was miserable in her last role, but Kerrie Taylor is hoping to lighten up as a nurse in popular ITV drama Where The Heart Is.
Kerrie's new character, Beth, may just have come through a marriage break-up but she is far from depressed and that's the main reason the 27-year-old was attracted to the part.
Kerrie, who starred as the troubled Lucy Benson in teen soap Hollyoaks, says: "After playing Lucy for nearly five years, I wanted to smile again.
"Lucy was a heroin addict for the best part of 18 months, and it wasn't pleasant. I had this foundation I had to wear called Death Grey. Most foundations have girlie names, like Autumn Dew or Sunrise, but not this.
"I was scared to leave. I thought I might never work again, but the time was right.
"Lucy had gone through everything and I loved taking a good daughter character on a journey to hopeless addict and then to strength again, but I felt it was time to go."
Things are going strong in Kerrie's personal life, too - she marries ITN producer Jason Farrell in September.
But most of their plans at the moment are for their hen and stag parties at Edinburgh's biggest event of the year.
"I decided a weekend at the Edinburgh Festival would be the perfect hen outing," says Kerrie. "I haven't been up to Edinburgh for about five years but I loved it then and I can't wait for this.
"We'll get to do some late night drinking and go to a club and hopefully see some shows as well. At the moment, Jason and I are more concerned about our hen and stag nights."
Kerrie is, however, thrilled about her wedding. Despite it clashing with an important World Cup qualifying match.
"We get married on September 1, when England play Germany - there was nothing I could do about it in the end," she says. "I just hope that no one rushes out to watch the TV in the middle of the reception."
Kerrie won her first role as a girlfriend of Brookside lesbian, Beth Jordache, played by Anna Friel.
While she admits that she has ambition, she's happy to be a jobbing actress.
"I do have ambitions but I just want to act. I love the process of getting up, getting on set," she says.
"I totally admire Judi Dench and Pete Postlethwaite. I would love to act with them.
"They don't just approximate emotion and go for it. With them, every detail is thought through. You understand every thought in their characters' heads, and I would love to spend time working with people like that.
"However, at the moment, I am just hopeful there is another series of Where The Heart Is, and that I continue to get work."