On life as an actor: "I've never starved but there has been the odd meagre meal and once I walked six miles into London for an audition as I didn't have enough money for the bus fare."
Born in Burnley on March 24, 1984, Natalie got her first taste of working on TV at the age of 11 when BBC producers selected her to present a regional insert for Children in Need. She went on to study acting at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Following a role in 2004 one-off ITV comedy drama Von Trapped, Gumede became a series regular on BBC sitcom Ideal. Small roles followed in Emmerdale, Doctors, The Scum Also Rises, The Persuasionists, and Waterloo Road before her big break came in 2011 when she began playing Kirsty Soames, Tyrone Dobbs' girlfriend, on Coronation Street. She stayed with the soap for 18 months. In September 2013, she became a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.
Thursday 25 Dec, 6:15pm