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Corrie star worked as ‘singing telegram’ to humiliate people in sexy outfit

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EXCLUSIVE: Coronation Street Helen Lederer revealed she once had a rather strange job before fame where she “humiliated” people’s friends while squeezing into a basque

Star of Coronation Street Helen Lederer talked candidly about her most bizarre work experience.

The celebrity disclosed that she had previously worked as a “singing telegram,” getting paid to slap people in the face with foam. Even though this was in the early stages of her stand-up career, she still had bills to pay.

In order to promote her new memoir, I’m Not Bitter, Helen, now 69, talked exclusively to the Daily Star about her early career. She said to us, “It’s in the book that I was a singing telegram. It was during my initial days as a stand-up, but the money was in the hands.

“I had to go to a pub, get a paper plate, put shaving foam on it, all whilst wearing a weird basque. Find the guy, sing him the song, and then get put the foam on his face, and then wait for someone to hopefully give me the money, from whoever it was that paid for me to do it.

“There was an awful lot of props to think about and juggle at once. When you’re a comedian, you sometimes do these one-off jobs. I can’t believe I did it, I had all the gear and went into the loo in the pub to take my coat off.

“I don’t think you could ever call me sexy but you had to sort of play the part as such. Everyone always looked really embarrassed, I couldn’t wait to get the money and go home. But I’d probably only got a few quid for doing it.”

More recently Helen has been starring on Coronation Street as Ken Barlow’s love interest Elspeth. She said she’d love to continue the role but hasn’t heard anything from producers yet.

Helen has also been busy releasing her memoir and shared some more funny tit bits inside the book. Helen said: “I decided to write the book just to remind myself that I’ve done. I think sometimes you get to this stage in life and you go, did I do those things? And it’s a sort of snakes and ladders type map, which you also feel, you know, the ups and downs.

“So I thought, right, I’m just going to put it all down. It’s kind of a ‘now or never’ type of moment really.”

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