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Complainant Name:
Jessie Wallace

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Jessie Wallace, an actress, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately claimed that she had required a dedicated voice coach on set for a new role and that her difficulty in mastering the necessary accent had delayed filming and made her wonder why she had taken the role. This was not the case; there was no voice coach for anyone on set, she had not had difficulties with her lines, and she had never had doubts about taking the role, which she had enjoyed.

Resolution:

The newspaper said it had attempted to contact the complainant and her representatives prior to publication but regretted that this had been unsuccessful. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated a private apology to the complainant and the following published apology:

Jessie Wallace

Actress Jessie Wallace has asked us to point out that while she used a voice coach preparing to play Coronation Street star Pat Phoenix in a BBC film about the soap, she did not have a voice coach on set, filming was not stopped and producers never considered giving her fewer lines as we reported on July 22. We apologise for any distress caused.

Date Published: 08/10/2010



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