Melanie Hill comes home to Sunderland

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ONE of the North East’s best-loved actresses is returning to her home city of Sunderland.

Melanie Hill will be discussing her life and career in front of the camera on Wednesday, March 5, with broadcaster and BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown, at the University of Sunderland.

The pair, who went to school together in the city and were presented with an honorary fellowship from the University of Sunderland on the same day in 2011, will be in conversation covering a variety of topics.

Melanie will discuss what life was like growing up in Wearside before hitting the TV screen and Hollywood.

Her life on screen has seen her appear in Bread, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Waterloo Road and in films Brassed Off, Stardust and White Girl.

Melanie said: “I am looking forward to coming up to University of Sunderland to talk to the students and the public.

“It’s important to encourage young people to follow their dreams no matter what they choose to do and by sharing my experiences honestly, and listening to theirs, I hope I can do just that.”

The talk will also see her talk about the differences working on major films compared to shows such as to Waterloo Road and her links to the North East. She will also take questions.

The talk starts at 6pm at the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, at St Peter’s at the University of Sunderland, with doors opening at 5.30pm. Tickets must be booked by sending an e-mail to to reserve the number of seats required.