Born: March 28, 1984
Famous for: playing no-nonsense teen Candice in Coronation Street
Despite being hired, at the age of 15, for just five episodes of the iconic soap, Nikki was such a hit with audiences she became a regular cast member, growing up in front of the nation. The Lancashire lass, who quit Corrie in 2005, is also a gifted singer - she won Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes in 2002. She placed her vocal talents on the back burner, however, to concentrate on guest appearances as Sammy Dean in BBC courtroom drama New Street Law.