Nikki Sanderson (born 28 March 1984 in Blackpool, Lancashire) is an
English actress and glamour model who is best known for playing Candice Stowe in
the television soap opera Coronation Street and Dawn Bellamy in ITV's Heartbeat.
During her time at Coronation Street and since, she has also forged a career as
a glamour model and television presenter on programmes such as CD:UK, Junior
Eurovision and Ministry of Mayhem.
Nikki joined Coronation Street in 1999 and left in Autumn 2005, when her character left Weatherfield to become a stylist for Status Quo. Prior to this, Nikki Sanderson had appeared in children's drama Children's Ward and in 2004, the hit fitness DVD Coronation Street - Funk fit.
Since leaving Coronation Street Nikki Sanderson has appeared in episodes of the BBC television series' Holby City and New Street Law alongside fellow Coronation Street alumni Chris Gascoyne and Chris Bisson. British newspaper The Daily Express stated that she was in the running to replace Billie Piper as the Doctor's companion in Doctor Who, however Freema Agyeman was chosen for the role. In 2006, Nikki appeared in a touring production of The Vagina Monologues with Jerry Hall amongst others and an episode of Kay Mellor's Strictly Confidential.
A vocalist, Nikki loves to show this side of herself off. Nikki Sanderson jumps at the chance to sing at every opportunity; she is a self-confessed karaoke enthusiast. She has made several television appearances singing, most notably on ITV's Madonna Mania, Discomania, Abba Mania 2 and Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, where her impression of LeAnn Rimes, singing the smash hit theme from the film Coyote Ugly, 'Can't Fight The Moonlight' earned her the winner's spot. Nikki Sanderson has also appeared on The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars in the solo 16-24 category, mentored by Sharon Osbourne where Nikki Sanderson was eliminated fifth. At the time, though, Nikki was suffering from tonsillitis and was straining her voice to sing.
Nikki Sanderson has appeared on the cover of Loaded magazine and in August 2005, the cover of Maxim magazine and in June 2006 the cover of FHM as the headlining feature of the issue, combining a photo shoot and exclusive interview with one of the magazine's journalists.
For 2006 and 2007, she was signed up by hip sports fashion footwear brand KangaROOS to head up their high-profile new print advertising campaign. She will shortly be seen in the new independent film Clubbed and in episodes of Cold Blood for ITV and The Afternoon play for BBC One.
In June 2007, it was reported that Nikki would make a brief return to Coronation Street in Autumn 2007, when her character, Candice Stowe, turns up during the build up to another characters wedding. However these reports were later dismissed by Nikki during an appearance on ITV's Loose Women due to "scheduling problems".
Nikki Sanderson appeared in the "Tuareg Productions" play Living under one roof at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 26–30 June 2007.
Nikki Sanderson appeared in the second series of All Star Family Fortunes which aired on 25 December 2007.
In 2008 she joined the cast of the ITV1 series, Heartbeat, set in the 1960s, to play the part of Dawn Bellamy. She played the part of Audrey in the horror film Boogeyman 3 released in 2009. And Nikki Sanderson plays the character Gee Gee, a dance teacher, in the 2008 film Clubbed, an underworld drama set in the early 1980s.
Nikki Sanderson is currently starring in the 2010 UK tour of The Vagina Monologues.
World Vision In 2007, Nikki was chosen as the annual 24 hour Famine Celebrity
Ambassador, for World Vision UK, a Christian relief and development
organization. As part of her role Nikki Sanderson visited the Keembie community
in Zambia who will benefit from the fund raising effort.
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