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Ellie Leach
Ellie Louise Leach

(2001-03-15) 15 March 2001 (age 23)
Education Fairfield High School for Girls
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Relatives Brooke Vincent (cousin)

Ellie Louise Leach (born 15 March 2001) is an English actress best known for portraying Faye Windass on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street between 2011 and 2023.

Early life

Leach was born in Bury, Greater Manchester on 15 March 2001. Leach attended Fairfield High School for Girls.. Leach is a cousin of Brooke Vincent, who played Sophie Webster in Coronation Street between 2004 and 2019.


Leach began her television career appearing in television advertisements for Staples and McDonald's. In 2009, Leach appeared in the film A Boy Called Dad. In 2010, Leach appeared in an episode of Moving On as Stacy.

In 2011, she was cast in the role of Faye Butler, a potential adoptive child for Anna (Debbie Rush) and Eddie Windass (Steve Huison) on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. In April 2023, it was confirmed that Leach would be leaving Coronation Street after 12 years in the role of Faye, with her departure scenes set to air in a "huge story" in July 2023. It was initially reported that Leach had chosen to leave Coronation Street but would not be killed-off, leaving the door open for the actress and the character to return in the future. However, Leach later confirmed bosses told her they could 'see no future for the character' and the part was axed.

Leach joined BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing as a contestant in 2023. She has consistently finished towards the top half of the leader board with her professional dance partner, Vito Coppola. Halfway through the series, week 7 (4 November 2023) Leach and Coppola again finished top, this time with a 39 point score, awarded from the four judges.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 A Boy Called Dad Katie
2010 Moving On Stacy Series 2 episode 10: I Am Darleen Fyles
2011–2023 Coronation Street Faye Windass 682 episodes
2012 Coronation Street: A Christmas Corrie Television short
2015 The Sound of Music Live Nun Ensemble Television film
2023 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Series 21

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
2013 The British Soap Awards Best Young Performance Coronation Street Nominated
Inside Soap Awards Best Young Actor Nominated
2015 The British Soap Awards Best Young Performance Nominated
Inside Soap Awards Best Young Actor Nominated
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