Alison King was born 3 March 1973 and is an English actress. She has had major television roles as Lynda Block in the Sky One television series Dream Team, and since 2006 as Carla Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She won Best Actress at the 2012 British Soap Awards.
When she was 22, she enrolled at the North Cheshire Theatre School. During her time there she got her first television role, playing Helen, a hair salon crimper, in two episodes of Brookside. Before the conclusion of her three-year diploma, she was cast in the major role of Lynda Block in Sky One’s Dream Team.
Alison King appeared on Dream Team as Lynda Block for three years before the character was sent to prison. She reprised the role some years later. During her break from working on Dream Team, she worked on several projects abroad including a role as an extra in the American feature film Shanghai Knights — appearing in a scene alongside Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson-supporting major roles such as BBC comedy-drama Help, video film Submerged (2005) and feature film Final Contract: Death on Delivery. She made a guest appearance in the final episode of Mile High, playing the wife of Captain Nigel Croker’s, and was featured in Coupling in the episode “The Man with Two Legs”, as Chrissy with whom Jeff Murdock becomes infatuated on his morning train ride. She played one of the prominent roles for two independent films, Save Angel Hope (2006) and Back in Business (2007).
In 2006, she was cast as Carla Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She made her first appearance in the role in the episode broadcast on 1 December 2006. She had previously appeared in the soap in 2004 as an unrelated character named Mrs Fanshaw. Her one-episode role was part of a larger storyline to “sex up” Ryan Thomas’s character, builder Jason Grimshaw. She went on maternity leave in 2009. In 2010 she was involved in the death of Tony Gordon storyline, in which she had to be kidnapped in the Underworld factory. For these scenes, she had to be tied to a chair with her hands tied behind her back and have her mouth gagged with gaffa tape. Of filming the scenes, she said “My wrist was sore at the end! It was a different experience anyway, acting for two weeks with your hands tied behind your back on a chair.”
She has also made appearances in a series of recurring television adverts for Daz. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Cold Feet as “Girlpower”, a seductive internet avatar. King also appeared in the second episode of the fourth series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 2004.