Former soap star quits acting to join Minster FM as breakfast host

No longer a team: Minster FM breakfast hosts Ben Fry and Roxanne Pallett
25 Feb 2018 @ 7.17 pm
| Entertainment

Soap fans may well recognise the new voice coming out of the wireless next week.

Minster FM has revealed the new co-presenter of its weekday breakfast show. Joining long-running host Ben Fry is former Emmerdale actor Roxanne Pallett.

Roxy starred as Jo Sugden in the series between 2005 and 2009, winning acclaim for a shocking domestic violence storyline.

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She later became a favourite on Dancing On Ice, starred in BBC shows Casualty and Waterloo Road, and featured in a number of horror movies, including Lake Placid 3.

On stage Roxy took lead roles in musicals The Wedding Singer and The Rocky Horror Show as well as straight plays like John Godber’s On The Piste.

But now she says she has quit acting because the industry has become “fickle and ridiculous”. And her new career as a radio broadcaster begins on Monday (February 26).

Driving in pyjamas

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Roxy, who lives in Thirsk, says her new career was written in the stars. “Russell Grant told me 2018 would bring great change and he was right,” she said.

“I fell in love with a Yorkshire lad and landed my dream job in radio with Minster FM who are already like a family to me, so the new year is looking very good so far.”

She said the early starts at the Dunnington based radio station could prove a challenge. “I may have to drive to work in my pyjamas on some mornings as I’m known for sleeping through my alarm, so hosting a breakfast show will likely be the challenge of my career.

“Coffee and chocolate will be essential!”

Roxy said she and co-host Ben clicked over their shared love of movies. “I think I may corrupt him with my junk food diet and outrageous stories though.

“It will be awesome to have a partner in crime in the studio, he’s a dream co-host.”

‘Not appreciated as an actress’

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Roxy told the Daily Star on Sunday why she has put her acting days behind her.

She said: “The acting industry has become really fickle and ridiculous. Roles are going to reality stars and bloggers just because they have loads of social media followers.

“One time, I lost a film role to a WAG because her husband had invested in the film. It’s corrupt. It isn’t even based on a craft anymore.

“I have also been told to lose weight, get Botox and change my accent to get a casting. I wasn’t prepared to do that. I don’t feel appreciated as an actress so I am quitting the industry.”

While the acting door has closed the broadcasting one has opened. “My new year’s wish for 2018 was to transcend from acting into broadcasting and it’s now come true,” she said.

“I had my sights set firmly on radio and Minster FM was the perfect fit for me as I absolutely love Yorkshire.”